Commonhouse Ales becomes Ohio’s first B Corp brewery

Written by on June 7, 2017 in Beer - No comments

Looks like Commonhouse Ales needs a packaging update because their B Corp™ status is no longer pending — Commonhouse Ales has been granted Certified B Corporation® status by B Lab®, making Commonhouse Ales Ohio’s first B Corp™ brewery.

(B Lab® really likes when you use all their ®’s and ™’s)

According to the B Lab® website, there are just over a dozen other B Corp™ breweries in the world, including New Belgium Brewing, North Coast Brewing, Bison Brewing, Stone & Wood Brewing, Aslan Brewing, Brasserie New Deal Brewing, Persphone Brewing, Hopworks Urban Brewery, Brewery Vivant, Bull City Burger and Brewery, Beau’s All Natural Brewing, 4 Pines Brewing, Sufferfest Beer Company and Cervecera Guayacan SpA.

B Corporations® are certified to meet higher standards of social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability. Part of Commonhouse’s commitment to adhering to these standards is through a fund established with the Columbus Foundation called Commonhouse Shares. $1 from every six-pack sold of flagship Six.One For Good Ale is added to the fund, to which $14,584 has been committed to date. $3,800 from the fund has already been granted to local non-profits.

Commonhouse Ales was founded in 2015 by Lenny Kolada, one of the first craft beer entrepreneurs in Central Ohio, opening Barley’s Brewing (a business with which he is no longer affiliated) in 1992 and Smokehouse Brewing in 1997.

“I was a part of the initial push to get craft beer into Columbus, because I felt it would be a societal game changer,” said Kolada in a statement. “Achieving B Corp certification is a continuation of those efforts and affirms our commitment to using Beer for Good in the Columbus community. We hope to inspire other breweries to do the same.”

Commonhouse Ales also announced the creation of a third party advisory board which will further help keep the brewery accountable. Board members include Jim Ellison (Columbus Brew Adventures), Jerry Guy (KEMBA Financial Credit Union), Jason Moore (Fulcrum Creatives), Steven Moore (The Columbus Foundation) and Acacia Perko (Reminger Co LPA).

full disclosure: Commonhouse Ales is a client

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Cheryl Harrison. Editor of Drink Up Columbus. Geek of the craft beer/board game/sci-fi varieties. Fan of patios.

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