Top 10 Sustainable U.S. Breweries
Did you know that some breweries in the U.S are sustainable? Yes. And we are going to speak about them. So, grab a cold beer and rest easy knowing it has little to no impact on our planet.
One of them is New Belgium. It is widely regarded as one of the most sustainable breweries in the nation. Taking a holistic approach to sustainability, the Fort Collins, Colorado-based brewery uses science-based metrics to track environmental performance. New Belgium is currently diverting 99.9 percent of its waste from landfills and has reduced water use per barrel of beer to 3.5:1 (averages range from 6:1 to 10:1).
Yards Brewing Co is Pennsylvania’s first 100 percent wind-powered brewery; its cardboard packaging is certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative; it sends its spent grain to farmers to use as livestock feed; and it collects and reuses about 2 million gallons of water in the brewery each year.
Brooklyn Brewery was the first New York City company to use 100 percent wind-generated electricity. It also recycles all paper, plastic and bottles from the brewery and sends spent grain to local farms to be used as animal feed.
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Back in 2013, the company revealed it saved more than $5 million by diverting nearly 100 percent of its waste. Its brewery in Chico, California also houses one of the largest privately-owned solar arrays in the country.
Full Sail Brewing had sustainability in mind from the start: When it began making beer back in 1987, its brewhouses were housed in old buildings that had fallen into disuse, with the idea to repurpose them rather than tearing them down.
Lakefront Brewery was the first in the U.S. to produce a certified organic beer. It also sends its spent mash to Growing Power, where it’s composted and turned into organic fertilizer.
Brewery Vivant was the first LEED-certified microbrewery in the U.S. It has also issued sustainability reports each year since its founding and packages its brews in cans made from recycled aluminum.
Alaskan Brewing Co. In 1998, it became the first craft brewery in the U.S. to install and operate a CO2 reclamation system.
Bison Organic Beers committed to responsibly sourced packaging and 100 percent non-GMO ingredients.
Great Lakes Brewing Co. focuses on sustainable sourcing and innovation. At its Pint Size Farm in Bath, Ohio, the company organically farms 16,000 square feet of vegetables, herbs and flowers for use in its brewpub.