Food Tank: Drink Sustainably With These 24 Breweries, Distilleries, Wineries
Contributing Author: Katherine Walla
As eaters become more interested in not just where—but how—their food and beverages are made, breweries, wineries, and distilleries are searching for ways to make their products more environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable.
A 2018 study from PLOS ONE found that consumers are willing to pay around US$1.30 more per six-pack to purchase a sustainably produced beer over a non-sustainable option. And with new innovations in energy production, fermenting, brewing, recycling, upcycling, and reusing in the alcoholic beverage industry, consumers are finding more reasons to drink responsibly–and help the planet.
And while it may be dry January for some, these 23 breweries, distilleries, and wineries are already imbibing—with a resolution to protect their communities and planet.
13. Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, Richmond, Virginia
Hardywood staff brew with a purpose—environmental stewardship, sourcing local, and community engagement. The brewery is powered entirely by renewable energy including solar, biomass, and wind power. Hardywood also sends spent grain to farms for compost and feed, and their beer has earned the recognition and support of environmental awareness and protection organizations.