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America's Favorite Sustainable Craft Breweries of 2012
Boulevard Brewing Co, Kansas City, MO
You may remember hearing about Boulevard Brewing Co’s new, energy-efficient facility when we wrote about it last fall. In addition to that, they are working towards becoming a zero waste facility and even helped start a glass recycling facility in their home town. Wastewater is treated on-site and some of it is recycled, a gorgeous green roof reduces cooling loads, and spent grain is sent to local farmers. Read more about Boulevard’s sustainability program here.
Alaskan Brewing Co, Juneau, AK
Even though Alaskan Brewing Co’s ingredients have to travel a long way by boat to get to up to Juneau, the brewery works hard to minimize its impact. They were the first craft brewery in the United States to install and operate a carbon dioxide (CO2) reclamation system, which is a natural byproduct of the brewing process. Alaskan also sends its spent grain to farmers, but they dry it out beforehand to make shipping by barge more manageable. In addition, the brewery is also developing improved methods to reduce water consumption and make the most out of the precious resources they have. Check out more of Alaskan Brewing Co’s policies and practices here.
So, now that you’ve seen our picks, what are yours? Which is the most sustainable brewery of them all?
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