There are more than 3,000 craft breweries in the United States, and a growing number of them have us reconsidering what it means to drink a truly great craft beer. For these 10 innovative breweries — from a small farmhouse setup in the Finger Lakes to the second largest brewer in the country — it means that its carbon footprint is as important as the flavor.
Given their enormous energy and water consumption, breweries are known for being egregiously un-green operations. For instance, the Public Policy Institute of California reported that the state’s brewers use an estimated 651 million gallons of water each year to make craft beer, enough to supply a million people with drinking water. And the devastating effects of an increasingly cantankerous climate have only heightened the need for breweries to join the fight against global warming. Read on for 10 of our favorite green craft breweries in the country.