Green Beer for St. Patrick’s Day? Think Sustainable Brew

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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 

Eel River Brewing Company

Butte Creek Organic Beer

Bison Brewing

Peak Organic Brewing Company

Lakefront Beer  

EatDrinkBetter post about mid-size North American sustainable beers

New Belgium Beer

Steamwistle

Long Trail Brewing Company

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company

Green Brewhaha’s list for St. Patrick’s Day’s Greenest Beers of All

Alaskan Brewing Co.
Anderson Valley Brewery
Bell’s Brewery
Bison Brewing
The Brooklyn Brewery
Eel River Brewing Company
Fort George Brewing
Full Sail Brewing Co.
Kona Brewing Company
Lakefront Brewery
New Belgium Brewery
Squatters Pub Brewery
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Wild Rose Brewery

I would like to add this list from Green America.org.

BeerTown.org 

Wolaver’s markets 

Dogfish Head Brewing Co(My personal favorite) 

May the saddest day of your future be no worse than the happiest day of your past.

HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY!

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