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Eco-Friendly Beer Options

Posted by Maggie on February 26, 2011

There is increasing interest in the blog-o-sphere in sustainable brewing and organic beer.  Here is a brief post from the Green Connoisseur on how to drink beer in a more sustainable manner, focusing on Chicago.

Sustainable Drafts, Take-Home Growlers, and More Eco-Friendly Beer Options

Published June 25, 2010

Locally brewed draft beer is one of the most eco-conscience choices for fine beer lovers – there’s very little waste generated from drafts and local brews minimize the impact of transportation and delivery. That’s why Chicago’s Goose Island introduced the Green Line Project, a plan to reduce the overall environmental impact of Chicago’s best craft beers.

About the Green Line Project

After assessing the carbon footprint of one of their most popular kegs, Goose Island made a commitment to become more sustainable in their products and operations. A new and more efficient grain mill, improved brewing and transfer practices, and continuous monitoring of their sustainable brewing progress are the primary principles driving the Green Line Project.

Green Line Pale Ale is the tangible result of the project. The Pale Ale is only available as draft, minimizing packaging waste, and is only enjoyed at local Chicago bars, reducing the carbon emissions generated through transportation and refrigeration. The tap handles are also sustainable – made from local ash trees that were infested with borers.

Other Local Brews

If you’re not in the Chicago area, you can still take advantage of local breweries and brewpubs for a more sustainable beer. Check out Brew Pub Zone for an extensive state-by-state directory of bars, pubs, and breweries.

Organic Beer

Natural, chemical-free ingredients are becoming much more common in modern craft beers. Opting for an organic brew is a healthy as well as eco-friendly. Your local whole foods market should have a selection of various organic beers to sample. If you’re in the Portland vicinity, consider checking out the annual North American Organic Brewers Festival, a tasting sample of organic beers from around the world.


Instead of bringing home bottles or cans of your favorite brew, try the latest eco-savvy way to enjoy fine beer at home – growlers. The 64-ounce glass jug, typically sporting the logo of the supplier, is filled with fresh draft beer and is the perfect way to enjoy your favorite craft beers at home.

Most microbreweries and brewpubs, as well as a number of grocers and beer emporiums offer a wide selection of beers to fill your growler. Growlers can be reused over and over, generally only cost $8 to $20 per fill, and are the eco-friendly beer solution whether you’re at home or out on the town.


One Response to “Eco-Friendly Beer Options”

  1. Inna said

    Growlers are great but in CA you can only fill them at the brewery that they are labeled with. Luckily, we have lots of great breweries around.

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