According to an article by Ami Cholia in the Huffington Post, the following breweries are the top in the U.S.
New Belgium Brewery in Fort Collins, CO, uses wind energy, recycles waste, uses sustainable lighting and endorses biking.
The Fish Brewing Co. in Olympia, WA, makes organic beer and helps support the protection of Washington State salmon.
The Alaskan Brewing Co. in Juneau, AK, reuses CO2 created during the beer making process, and it donates 1% of sales to Clean Oceans Depend on Everyone organization.
Full Sail Brewing Co. in Hood River, OR, uses about half the water that other breweries use, it uses local grains, and wind power.
Brooklyn Brewery in Brooklyn, NY, uses wind power for 100% of its energy (it actually pays a company to subsidize their regular energy use).
The Great Lakes Brewing Co. in Cleveland, OH, recycles all its promotional materials to produce fuel for heating, it composts the restaurant’s food waste, and it donates leftover barley as feed for local farmers. It also fuels its delivery trucks with biodiesel.
Sierra Nevada Brewery in Chico, CA, recycles almost 100% of its waste, it reuses the CO2 created during the brewing process, rewards those who ride their bikes to work, and uses fuel cell power for electricity and heat.
Lake Front Brewery in Milwaukee, WI, makes organic beer, donates about 15,000 pounds of used grain that is used for “supersoil,” and 5% of its energy comes from wind power.
According to the Daily Green, the best eco friendly breweries are as follows: Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Full Sail Brewing Co., Odell Brewing Co., New Belgium Brewing Co., Eel River Brewing Co., Brooklyn Brewery, Alaskan Brewing Co., Great Lakes Brewing Co., Peak Organic Brewing Co., and Steam Whistle.
Eco-friendly and green beer is definitely really cool, and a lot of breweries and companies are taking exciting initiatives to make the production and packaging of their beer more environmentally conscious. Here’s a link to a recent GreenAnswers thread about green beer that includes examples of how some companies are greening their breweries, along with other interesting things certain beer companies are doing:
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