Microbreweries, Maximum Sustainability

Did you know beer could be green? Neither did we.

At first when my partner and I set out to do this project, we thought our innovation was the fact that a local brewery, DC Brau, reused their waste by paying farmers to take it to their farms and feed it to their livestock. We later found out that this has been going on for ages.

Anheuser-Busch, the owner of global industry leading beers such as Budweiser and Stella Artois, has been recycling their beer waste since 1899! And that’s not all — as the recent craft beer movement has been expanding, so have sustainability initiatives of these small companies.

Many of these breweries use wind and solar power to power their electricity, and one, Alaskan Brewing Co. even catches and cleans its CO2 emissions. Many of these smaller breweries release annual sustainability reports as well as a means to show the public about their efforts.

So what’s the best part about all of these local companies giving back to our planet? We think it’s the concept itself and the potential it holds for future companies. But if you want to know more, you’ll have to check out our video and tell us what you think!


-Jen Wolfe & Melissa Turley

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