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.

The Green Brewhaha: Why Craft Beer Makers Go Green

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By Kyle Cassidy This piece originally appeared in Wend Magazine and is excerpted here with permission. As human ethnology has evolved over time, so has our beer. Now, in the era of green, a culture of specialized brewers has emerged who contend that the recipe for a better brew is incomplete without a dash of […]

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The Green Brewhaha: Sustainability at Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Alaskan Brewing co: Rural Alaska isn’t exactly where you’d expect to find a test market for new technology, but brewing in Alaska’s remote location creates new challenges which can make sustainable practices become more cost effective, compared to living somewhere else.

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The Green Brewhaha: Sustainability at Bison Brewing

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Bison Brewing: the biggest lifecycle impact of craft beer is the bottle. As consumers, we all could do better at glass recycling, which is poor nationally. We are getting better, but could to a lot further.

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The Green Brewhaha: Sustainability at Wild Rose Brewery

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Sustainability at Wild Rose Brewery – Wild Rose Brewery Charity Pints Program – every month we make a contribution back to the community through our in house charity pint program.
We use locally sourced ingredients whenever possible, including locally produced specialty malts

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The Green Brewhaha: Sustainability at Squatters Pub Brewery

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Squatters Pub Brewery: Our brewery is housed in our flagship full service, 450 seat restaurant; therefore we have invested most of our efforts to date into the restaurant side of our model.

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The Green Brewhaha: Sustainability at Eel River Brewing Company

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Sustainability is what Eel River Brewing Company is all about – not only are all of our beers organic, but we also follow sustainable practices

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The Green Brewhaha: Sustainability at Lakefront Brewery

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Sustainability at Lakefront Brewery: Our brewery donates all our spent mash to Growing Power; they compost it and turn it into organic fertilizer. Wind power makes up 5% of our total energy use.

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The Green Brewhaha: Sustainability at Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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We received a “Climate Champion” award by the Portland Office of Sustainability and Development. We also have the “Recycle at Work” certification, the “Portland Composts” certification, and a Blue Sky wind power certification.

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The Green Brewhaha: Sustainability at Kona Brewing Company

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Kona Brewing Company: In 2009 both our Hawaii pubs became Certified Green Restaurants® by the Green Restaurant Association. The Kailua-Kona brewery produces Hawaii’s first and only certified organic beer, Oceanic Organic Saison. This summer we completed a 228 kW solar generating system which allows nearly 60 percent offset of our current electricity usage.

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The Green Brewhaha: Sustainability at Fort George Brewing

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Ft. George Brewing: Sustainability is becoming a buzzword like green or community that makes people feel good, but is poorly defined. My understanding of the concept would include efforts to minimize our ecological footprint, promote positive economic behavior and support local or at least regional self-sufficiency.

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The Green Brewhaha: Sustainability at Anderson Valley Brewery

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Sustainability at Anderson Valley Brewery: We derive about 50% of our electrical power from the sun. We have solar panels across the roof of our brewery. These solar panels not only generate power for the brewery but they help to reduce our cooling load in the summer.

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The Green Brewhaha: Sustainability at The Brooklyn Brewery

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The Brooklyn Brewery is the first New York City company to use 100% wind-generated electricity; we recycle all our paper, plastic, and bottles; we recycle our spent grain, sending it to a facility in NJ that turns it into pig feed, and to the Queens County Farm Museum that feeds it to their chickens and pigs and also uses it as compost; we recycle hot water from the brewhouse.

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Drink Gluten Free Beer and Support a Cause

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New Planet Beer: Although New Planet beer is only sold in Colorado right now, hopefully it will soon be available nationwide. So read your labels carefully. While you are relaxing and enjoying a smooth brew, you can feel better knowing your drink didn’t harm the environment and you can even support a cause.

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The Green Brewhaha: Sustainability at Full Sail Brewing Co.

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Full Sail: When we laid out the new brewery in 1994, we recycled an old building in Hood River as opposed to making a “greenfield brewery.” We included features that would help our brewery last for the long term, like a full waste water treatment plant, efficient lighting, a high-efficiency boiler and a high efficiency glycol chiller.

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The Green Brewhaha: Sustainability at New Belgium Brewery

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New Belgium: Our brewery is actually not sustainable in the sense that we consume more resources than we are able to replenish, but we are working hard to become more sustainable every day. For most companies to reach true sustainability, however, large shifts would have to occur in this country’s infrastructure

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Sierra Nevada’s Ken Grossman – Sustainability’s Anti-Hero

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Grossman covered many of these activities in his talk, but well aware of the trendiness of sustainability in business these days, he repeatedly downplayed their accomplishments. “Let’s face it,” he said, “we’re not ever going to get to perfect.” He acknowledged that at the end of the day, his business consumes a lot of water and energy, in making bottles and transport, so he doesn’t believe his business will ever be capable of truly “going green.”

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How Much Water Did It Take to Make That Pint of Beer?

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A recent report of the Water Futures Partnership, a collaboration between the SABMiller brewing company and the WWF, studies the water footprint at SABMiller’s operations and in river habitats in four countries: Peru, Tanzania, Ukraine and South Africa. Although, operations vary considerably from country to country, in each case at least 89% of the total water usage goes to the cultivation of ingredients such as hops and barley.

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MillerCoors Talks Sustainability

MillerCoors, the second largest brewer in the United States that has a portfolio of over 60 brands, is making more changes in its operations as the company and its competitors grow aware of the various sustainability issues involved with beer production. The company recently released its 2010 Sustainability Report, discussing its accomplishments while outlining future goals related to the company’s labor, environmental, and social impacts.

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The Green Brewhaha: What Makes Your Beer Sustainable?

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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 been a catalyst in our discussions and networking, not to mention something we enjoy in our time off. Now, we’re […]

Read On »

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