29 January 2013 ~ 0 Comments

World’s Greenest Breweries

At Etón Corp, we’re always on the lookout for the greenest brands and products among our favorite things. For example, we took a look at the world’s greenest restaurants, and were pleased to discover some palate pleasers that also pleased the environment.

In continuing with that list of the world’s greenest restaurants, take a look at this round-up of the world’s top three greenest breweries. Is there a way to produce and sell beer that is also kind to our planet? Yes, and these breweries are at the top of our list for the greenest and most eco-friendly.

Keep your pint glass full and your environmental footprint small by drinking up from these breweries.

New Belgium Brewing

New Belgium Brewing in Fort Collins, Colorado, found a clever way to use 40% less energy per barrel of output than the average American brewer. They create their own electricity by collecting methane from wastewater and transforming it through a power generator. This sustainable practice is just one part of their growing commitment to green energy and sustainability. New Belgium’s bicycling commitment is also a big part of their overall green strategy. (Ever seen a bottle of Fat Tire?)

(Via New Belgium Brewing's Facebook Page)

Eel River Brewing Co.

At Fortuna, California’s Eel River, beer fans can enjoy certifiably organic beer that is produced using renewable energy. The place was the first organic brewery, and they proclaim their green efforts on their website: “Eel River Brewing Company not only works hard to make the best craf beer out there, but we care about our impact on the environment and strive for sustainability. What started with brewing strictly organic beer has moved into using recycled materials for promotional items, sourcing products and ingredients locally, using renewable energy, recycling our spent grain and installing a water pre-treatment facility on site at our brewery.” Thanks, Eel River, for the good beer and the good ideas.


Sierra Nevada Brewery

You’re no doubt familiar with Sierra Nevada (Torpedo and the Sierra Nevada Pale Ale are among their flagship beers), but did you know that Sierra Nevada’s solar panels enable the brewery to approach 100% self-sufficiency when the sun is at its peak? As big fans of solar power ourselves, this is one brewery that we’re excited to see shine bright.


Solar-powered beer is just one way that green energy is making a big impact on the environment. For example, try our solar-powered sound system, the Rukus Solar, on for size, and you’ll get a whole new perspective on how we can harness the power of the sun and help our ecosystem in return. Here’s to going green. Cheers, with a green brewery’s brew in hand!

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