There’s nothing better than raising a pint of green beer to celebrate spring and toast “Sláinte!” to friends and family. Come March 17th, everyone has a bit of Irish in them. What better way to celebrate this St. Patrick’s Day then to show the planet some gratitude and support breweries that promote sustainability.
Here are a few U.S. breweries that give “green beer” a new meaning:
Kona Brewing Company – Kona, Hawaii
With the aloha spirit in mind, Kona Brewing Company was founded in 1994 by Cameron Healy and his son Spoon Khalsa. They combined their love of Hawaii and its pristine, natural beauty with their fondness for delicious, local brews. Despite the global success, Kona Brewing has managed to stay true to their Hawaiian roots through innovation, sustainability and community outreach.
New Belgium Brewing Company – Fort Collins, Colorado
New Belgium has reportedly been on the frontlines of the sustainability movement since its 1991 inception. In an effort to help combat climate change, the brewers created the first certified carbon neutral beer in the U.S. and are committed to making all their beers carbon neutral by 2030. New Belgium also supports natural policy efforts and local organizations that help keep water clean and public lands intact.
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company – Chico, California
Sierra Nevada uses their California sunshine to it’s fullest. Their Chino location houses almost 11,000 solar panels, covering enough roof pace to span 3.5 football fields. The brewery also has programs for CO2 capture, heat reuse, wastewater treatment and composting. Their North Carolina facility was also the first production brewery in the U.S. to earn LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
Brooklyn Brewery – Brooklyn, New York
Executives at Brooklyn Brewery wanted to maintain a high standard of sustainability, so they created a Green Team in 2013. The team consists of members from various departments who have since implemented initiatives such as a conversion to LED lights, the planting of over 375 acres of trees, the use of reusable pallet wraps, and the support of over a dozen community organizations.