Green Sustainable Beer
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A Toast to a Cleaner Environment
Beer, especially craft beers, are a growing, energy intensive industry. The number of US breweries grew 200% in the past decade and production has increased 12% per year.
Saving the Planet Per 6-Pack
To cut greenhouse emissions and save energy, a growing number of breweries are investing in sustainable production technologies. But will it pay off? New research by Indiana University says yes it will. A majority of US beer drinkers are willing to pay the extra cost. In fact, according to the University's survey, 59% are willing to pay extra. On average, sustainable beer production practices tack on an extra $1.30 per 6 pack.
Innovative, energy saving, sustainable practices now being implemented by a growing number of breweries include solar power, onsite wastewater treatment plants, insulated brewery vessels and recaptured steam from the brewing process. Beer is one of the world's oldest and most popular drinks - in 3rd place behind water and tea.