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How green is that ... beer?

From New York to Ohio, eco-friendly breweries are offering an array of 100% organic ales--beers that leave behind a minimal environmental impact without sacrificing on taste.

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New York's Brooklyn Brewery is entirely powered by wind, which costs roughly 10% more than traditional energy sources to produce 1,658,000 gallons of beer year-round. The brewery's 20 wind turbines prevent an estimated 335,000 pounds of carbon dioxide from being emitted annually. http://www.brooklynbrewery.com/

New Belgium Brewery of Fort Collins, Colorado, maker of varieties like Fat Tire, recycles water used in brewing. An anaerobic digester turns nutrients into methane gas, which is then converted into electrical and thermal energy. www.newbelgium.com/lpa

Great Lakes Brewing Company is not only Ohio's first microbrewery, but also one of the few to adopt "zero waste" practices. Among other efforts, it operates a delivery truck entirely on vegetable oil. Vermont's Peak Organic Brewing Company, which makes the Pomegranate Wheat Ale With Acai, supports family farms that grow pesticide-free barley and hops. http://www.greatlakesbrewing.com/

Maine's Peak Organic Brewing Company, which makes the Pomegranate Wheat Ale With Acai, supports family farms that grow pesticide-free barley and hops. http://www.peakbrewing.com/

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Author:Krogstad, Astrid M.
Publication:Our Planet
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Date:Mar 9, 2009
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