When looking for a ‘green beer’ you have to consider if it is certified organic, includes organic hops, or the distance it traveled.
Certified Organic: the maker of beer has chosen to use fewer pesticides and synthetic fertilizers, which in turn enhances soil fertility, conserves water and produces fewer greenhouse gases. “Certified Organic” beers are made with at least 95 percent organic ingredients.
Organic Hops: Regulations allows no non-organic hops in organic beer.
Distribution: With buying local beers you are supporting, local businesses, and reduction in fossil-fuel consumption.
With just mentioning all these you could have already satisfied any eco-conscious individual.I would try Samuel Smith (http://www.merchantduvin.com/pages/5_breweries/samsmith_organic.html) OR try these:
I was so happy to learn that one of my favorite brewing companies is super green! The New Belgium Brewing Company (best known for their legendary Fat Tire Amber Ale, but they also produce a number of delicious seasonal brews) Their brewery is run on wind power and they also purchase carbon offsets to cover the rest of production. Suntubes provide light to the warehouses and old keg caps are made into tables. They also turn their waste products (spent grains and hops) into cattle feed. Temperature sensors open windows to cool the building when necessary, and heat that would be lost in the form of steam is captured and used to heat incoming water for the brewing process. Good job New Belgium! Cheers!!
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