Green Beer, Green Brewing

Welcome Sustainable Beer Fans!

Triple Pundit has been investigating what makes the world's biggest and smallest companies sustainable for over five years. We're not ashamed to admit that we often end a long day with a cold one. Beer has often been a catalyst in our discussions and networking, not to mention something we enjoy in our time off.

Now, we're reaching out to brewers large and small to seek out what "sustainability" means to them, and to help tell the story of "green", socially conscious brewing.

Follow along with us on this page as we add responses and stories from brewers around the world through January, 2011.

Are you a brewer? Large or small we want to hear from you. Please get in touch with us and we'll make sure to include your story in our series.

How Sustainable Breweries are Mainstreaming the Green Revolution

A Clean Future releases sustainable brewing report

A new report from the think tank A Clean Future describes how sustainable breweries are leading the manufacturing, food and beverage sectors, and the implications for mainstreaming sustainability are even more interesting when you pair beer with its natural companion, sports.

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Supporting Sustainable Beer in Asheville, NC: Riverbend Malt House

Germinating grains to be made into brewing malt.

A tour of the Riverbend Malt House in Asheville, NC. Riverbend produces malt for brewing beer using organic, locally-sourced, heritage grains.

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Video Interview: Bison Organic Beers’, Dan Del Grande


Dan urges consumers to vote with their dollars, as purchasing decisions can make a real impact on the sustainability of beer. “By choosing a 6-pack of organic beer a week, you will convert about 1700 to 1800 sq ft from conventional to organic agriculture.”

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Video Interview: Brooklyn Brewery COO, Eric Ottaway


Eight years ago, wanting to help keep a power plant out of their neighborhood, Brooklyn Brewery made the commitment to operate using 100% wind-power. This generated not only a lot of electricity but made a bold statement to their community. They serve as the first company in NYC to be fully wind-powered.

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Eco-certification for Craft Brewers


An opportunity exists through eco-certification to showcase craft brewers that have capitalized on sustainability. One choice is eco-certification, a third party assessment of sustainability analyzed within an industry specific metric. C.R.I.S.P. or Craft Responsibility In Sustainable Practicesis developing a certification to recognize brewers who have capitalized on sustainability and deliver certified products to responsible consumers.

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Video Interview: Church Key Can Co-Founder, Justin Hawkins


Packaging plays a significant role in a brewery’s ecological footprint. Bringing an old technology to a new product, Church Key Can Co’s pilsner-style beer will be packaged in a flat top steel beer can, which can only be opened using a church key — a style popular in the 1930s.

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Video Interview: Dave Chichura & Chad Melis of Oskar Blues


The first craft brewery to put its beer in cans, Oskar Blues is truly a pioneer. Located in Longmont, CO, this growing craft brewery is continually creating ways to be distinct. For example, their recent beer collaboration with Sun King Brewing Co, CHAKA, features a 16-oz resealable aluminum bottle, a first for craft beer.

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Why Cans Are Good For Beer


Cans are now becoming ubiquitous in the craft beer market, from the aisles of upscale grocery stores to the lakes and rivers of summer recreation. At the latest count, lists 184 breweries offering 556 canned craft beers. Happily this can craze is more than just a trendy packaging choice, it’s also good for beer.

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Brewery Vivant: The First LEED-Certified Microbrewery in the U.S.

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Brewery Vivant presents a locally sourced menu and craft beer in a can to Grand Rapids. Brewery Vivant opened in December 2010 as Michigan was still struggling to recover from the recession, but the brewery has thrived. Sustainable principles combined with a local emphasis has proven to be a popular blend.

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Video Interview: Sierra Nevada’s Terence Sullivan


Veterans to the craft beer scene, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. serves as an inspiration. Driven by the edict reduce, reuse, recycle, Sierra Nevada takes its commitment to the environment seriously. For instance, the brewery recovers and recycles 95% of all CO2 produced during fermentation and then reuses it.

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Chicago’s Small Breweries: Local, Sustainable, and Just Great Neighbors

Chicago Craft Beer Week 2012

The Chicago craft beer scene’s gradual rise took a big jump in 2011-2012. With the urban brewery concept thriving, Chicago’s small local brewers are taking sustainability and neighborhood stewardship to heart. Expect new brewers to lead the way.

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Brewing Beer Sustainably with Mushrooms and Algae

If Brandon Pitcher of 5 Kingdoms Development can make his vision a reality, mushrooms and algae, alongside many other biological organisms, may just become part of the sustainable beer brewing process.

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Video Interview: Sun King Brewing’s Clay Robinson


A truly local brewery, Sun King does all of its business within 70 miles of the brewery, which includes sourcing and distribution. It may seem like a novel concept, but for Clay and his crew, this commitment is paying off — they have grown 2000 percent in the last three years to become the third-largest brewery in Indiana

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Video Interview: Anderson Valley Brewmaster Fal Allen


Not only does this brewery make award winning beer, they boast an impressive ecological commitment. Located in rural Mendocino, CA, Anderson Valley seeks to lower their impact as much as possible. For example, citing the environmental and financial benefits, they work to reuse or recycle all of their waste and generate 40% of their brewery’s electricity using solar panels.

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Sustainable Craft Brewing: The Legal Challenges


What few are discussing are the very important environmental law issues that will ultimately affect the long-term growth and market stability of craft beer and alcoholic beverage production in the United States. There are a number of issues that will sooner or later create a shakeout of the weaker market competition due to rising operation costs and potential legal liability.

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Video Interview: Alaskan Brewing Co’s Curtis Holmes


There are unique operating challenges breweries face when working outside of the continental US. These challenges present opportunities for breweries, like Juneau’s Alaskan Brewing Co., to create innovative, yet practical, socially-responsible solutions.

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Video Interview: New Belgium CEO, Kim Jordan


Taking a broad, holistic approach to sustainability, New Belgium Brewing serves as an example of a successful triple bottom line business. From its founding, this Fort Collins, CO based brewery demonstrates that its commitment to environmentalism, profitability and co-workers is a powerful combination.

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A Sustainability Story: Black Star Co-Op Pub and Brewery

Black Star Co-Op Pub and Brewery

Co-operatives are businesses owned by the people who use its services or who work at it. You don’t have to be a member-owner to come to the brewpub, but supporting Black Star Co-op means supporting livable wages, democratic workplaces, local farms, and quality products from community brewpubs.

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A Sustainability Story: Kona Brewing Company

Mattson Davis, president of Kona Brewing

I moved from Portland, Oregon, to join Kona Brewing Company in the spring of 1997. Raised in the Northwest and having spent much of my life by water, I jumped at the opportunity to live and work in Hawaii and help grow craft beer awareness in the Islands. I began as General Manager, was promoted to Managing Partner and I’m now president of Kona Brewing

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A Sustainability Story: Full Sail Brewing Co.

Full Sail

We believe it is important to grow our business in a organic and sustainable way. We only look at opportunities that will allow us to build our business year after year. Because we are a small independent brewery in a very competitive environment we need to be sure that our business decisions are responsible and careful of our limited resources.

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4 Things You Can Learn from the Craft Brewing Industry

Friends Dave Chichura of Oskar Blues with Dave Colt and Clay Robinson from Sun King Brewing

Craft brewing is an industry that is feel-good in more ways than one. Boasting more than $8.7 billion in total retail sales in 2011 from the nearly 2000 American craft breweries (the highest total since the 1880s, per the Brewers Association), the craft brewing industry proves that it is serious business. By creating a collaborative culture that emphasizes high quality products, the craft brewing world serves up powerful lessons.

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Raise a Glass to Green Beer

Green Beer? Cheers to that! Photo © 2012 Jason E. Kaplan

Triple Pundit teamed up with The Can Van to better understand the connection between two of our favorite topics: sustainability and beer! With each new industry professional we met, and every brew we enjoyed, it came as no surprise that our appreciation for beer deepened.

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7 Tips for the Earth Conscious Homebrewer

Homebrewing Setup

You have probably read enough Triple Pundit articles to know that the craft brewing industry is exemplary in the area of sustainability . But how about your homebrewing operation? Here are a few tips and thoughts to make your carbon footprint a little lighter. Chime in with your tips in the comments!

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The Zero Waste Model for Brewing: Rotten Beginnings to a Sustainable Future


A zero-waste company is full of environmental advocates, no one sits on the sidelines, everyone celebrates in its success. Start with the tangible, the touchable, the initiative with the highest level of participation and grow from there.

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Interview: Bart Alexander Chief Corporate Responsibility Officer at MolsonCoors


At this week’s Fortune Brainstorm Green conference, I had a chance to talk briefly with MolsonCoors Chief Corporate Responsibility Officer, Bart Alexander. Among other things, MolsonCoors has come up with an interesting employee engagement platform called the “beer print”. It’s a simple metaphor based on the fact that when you place a beer on a […]

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InBev Uses Brewery Waste to Make Shaving Cream


Anheuser-Busch and Blue Marble Bio are partnering o launch a venture to convert brewery waste into a group of carboxylic acids and biogas.

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Anheuser-Busch, GE Partner to Cut Water, Energy Use & Emissions in China

Image credit: AB InBev

Multinational brewing giant AB InBev and GE are teaming up to find ways of increasing energy efficiency, conserving water and reducing CO2 emissions at the brewer’s facilities throughout China. The partnership with GE will help AB InBev realize its goal of reducing CO2 emissions by some 100,000 tons per year, along with making additional significant cuts in water and energy consumption.

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The Brewing Organic Beer Market


America’s craft beer market has grown rapidly in recent years, seemingly outpaced only by its niche organic segment, thanks in part to growing consumer fears about genetically modified foods. While a few of the largest regional breweries currently enjoy widespread distribution, craft brewing remains fundamentally an industry devoted to its local followers, and the results are undeniable.

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This St. Patrick’s Day, Please Drink the Greenest Beer of All

In honor of St. Patricks Day, we’re revisiting one of our most popular series of all time on Sustainability in the Brewing Industry. Triple Pundit has been investigating what makes the world’s biggest and smallest companies sustainable for over five years. We’re not ashamed to admit that we often end a long day with a […]

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The Green Brewhaha: Sustainability at Steam Whistle Brewing


All staff performance appraisals include a review of individual commitment to the company’s green initiatives, inspiring individual ownership for reducing the collective footprint.

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