Traditional beer brewing is not the most sustainable practice, but because of its popularity many brewers are rethinking and streamlining the process to be more sustainable. Beer drinking is not going away. Did you know that Americans drink 50 billion pints of beer a year. If all that beer came out of cans and you set one can on top of the other, it would reach the moon, 20 times. But more importantly, most of the 6 million pounds of grain used for beer making is laden with pesticides, not to mention how much water it takes to brew beer.
Because of their connection to community micro-breweries are successfully leading the charge in gentler brewing methods. But the big boys are in the game to, for instance Anheuser-busch is partnering with Blue Marble Bio to make shaving creams and soaps out of brewing waste.
I haven’t been drinking much beer in the last 15 years or so due to being non-gluten. Thankfully there are some great non-gluten beers that my brother has turned me onto, but that’s another story. So, not being an avid beer drinker, I had to do did a little homework.
Here’s what I found out:
LISTS OF SUSTAINABLE BEERS FROM SOME RELIABLE SOURCES
This list from a Mother Jones article by Kimi Harris
EatDrinkBetter post about mid-size North American sustainable beers
Alaskan Brewing Co.
Anderson Valley Brewery
The Brooklyn Brewery
Eel River Brewing Company
Fort George Brewing
Full Sail Brewing Co.
Kona Brewing Company
New Belgium Brewery
Squatters Pub Brewery
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Wild Rose Brewery
I would like to add this list from Green America.org.
Dogfish Head Brewing Co. (My personal favorite)
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