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America’s Favorite Sustainable Craft Breweries of 2012
Bell’s Beer, Kalamazoo, MI
Last year, Bell’s Beer completed a new state-of-the-art facility in Kalamazoo, Michigan that boasts a green, sedum roof, cool roof, high efficiency systems and a geothermal system for heating and cooling. They also have their own farm nearby where they grow barley for their Midwestern Pale Ale, Christmas Ale and Harvest Ale. They divert 93 percent of their waste from the landfill, are working on reducing water consumption, and are always increasing their energy efficiency. Find out more about what Bell’s Beer is doing here.
Harpoon Brewery, Boston, MA
Boston’s Harpoon Brewery is dedicated to being a good neighbor and as such it was awarded the Boston Green Business Award in the spring of 2012. To achieve that, the brewery has a number of energy-efficient strategies in place, like motion sensors and more energy-efficient chiller and freezers. Spent grain is given to local farmers rather than sending it to the landfill, and the brewery’s waste water is treated on site. Harpoon also recently installed a new cogen system to increase the facility’s efficiency. Learn more about what Harpoon is doing to reduce their impact here.
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