Green & Organic Beer

Gluten Free Beer Exists (Sort Of)

Last night I went to a new cafe with a friend of mine who recently went on a gluten free diet as prescribed by his doctor. I was pretty excited when we walked in and saw a fairly good sized craft beer selection (probably over 40 different beers). While I was looking over the list deciding what I was going …

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21st Amendment Brings Cans to Massachusetts

As any long-time BlogAboutBeer readers know, I am very big on putting craft beer in cans. So I was excited to see this little tidbit come through my inbox the other day — it’s good news for MassHoles and good news for those of us in Maine (because good beer in cans is one step closer to reaching our borders). …

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New Belgium Releases First Official Sustainability Report

New Belgium Brewing Co. — the third largest craft brewer in the country — has officially released their 2007-2008 “Sustainability Report” outlining the results of New Belgium’s “Triple Bottom Line” approach to business using metrics and data gathered over a five-year period. The “Triple Bottom Line” measurement looks at the environmental, economic and social effects of the brewery. The report …

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Peak Organic Announces New Fall Brew

Portland Maine’s own Peak Organic Brewing announced today that they’ve released their new fall seasonal brew: Espresso Amber Ale. The Espresso Amber Ale is brewed with Maine-roasted, organic fair trade espresso in collaboration with Coffee By Design. The beer is in partnership with Transfair, a non-profit that works to ensure that farmers and farm workers behind Fair Trade Certified goods …

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Smuttynose Gets a New Brewery

Very big & exciting news for fans of Portsmouth’s own Smuttynose Brewing Co.: A new brewery has been a discussion for Smuttynose for quite awhile (I first wrote about it back in December of ’07) as they’ve long since outgrown their relatively small Establishment on the outskirts of Portsmouth. Well, according to SeacoastOnline.com, the brewery and its owner, Peter Egelston, …

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New Machine Makes Fuel from Beer

Tom Quinn and ethanol scientist Floyd Butterfield founded the E-Fuel Corporation in March 2007 to create efficient ethanol micro-refinery products for people who want to break their dependency on oil. And it looks like they’ve done it. And done it using beer. The company recently rolled out a portable machine called the MicroFueleris, which is about the size of a …

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Beer & Sun Powered Hot Water Heater

Ma Yanjun, a Chinese peasant and carpenter, of Qiqiao village, Shaanxi Province has made a solar water heater – using only beers bottles and hoses. How does it work? Well, The beer bottles lie on a board in rows and are all connected by hoses, which allow cold water to flow through them. As the bottles and board lie outside, …

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Long Trail Brewing Co., Now Powered by Cow Shit

Vermont’s Long-Trail Brewing Co. made one heck of an Earth Day announcement – it appears they have signed a contract to become the largest commercial customer of Cow Power, a program from Central Vermont Public Service Corp. that produces electricity from cow manure. Long Trail’s Brian Walsh told the Burlington Free Press, “We actively seek ways to reduce the impact …

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The Canned Craft Beer Revolution?

They’re portable – perfect for tailgating, camping, golf (ball, or Frisbee), the beach or the kid’s lunch box (I kid, I kid); they’re 100% recyclable; and they block sunlight and oxygen better than bottles. I’m talking about cans, of course. But canned beer carries a very negative stigma with it – when canning beer became a popular option in the …

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Peak Organic Maple Oat Ale

By now many of you know that Peak Organic Brewing — a local Portland, Maine brewing company which contract brews certified organic beer at the Shipyard facilities — has released a new spring beer: Maple Oat Ale. The three other year-round beers from Peak don’t do too much for me (they’re not bad by any stretch, just not overly exciting) …

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The Session: Smuttynose Gets a Little Greener

First, for any new readers unfamiliar with The Session, an explanation: “The Session, a.k.a. Beer Blogging Friday, is an opportunity once a month for beer bloggers from around the world to get together and write from their own unique perspective on a single topic. Each month, a different beer blogger hosts the Session, chooses a topic and creates a round-up …

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Brewery in The Other Portland Going Green

Nipping at the heels of the announcement for the topic for the March Session, the news surfaced today that The Lucky Lab Brew Pub in the other Portland (anyone who doubts that Portland, OR is the other Portland – remember that it was named after Portland, Maine!) is now brewing solar beer. The brewpub has installed a solar panel thermal …

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Sunday Beer Briefs

Just a few briefs to get you through the painstakingly slow hours between now and the game tonight. For starters, Jay Brooks at the Brookston Beer Bulletin has posted a link to a map of the USA made from beer labels, each representing the state of its origin. While some of them are hard to decipher, it’s fun to try. …

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A Great Barleywine on a Great Winter Day

Today marked the beginning of Maine’s oft-annual January Thaw and temperatures reached 41 degrees (and they say it should read 50 on Tuesday). To celebrate, we got up early and headed to Shawnee Peak for a down-right perfect day of hitting the slopes. The conditions were excellent and we returned home this evening sore in all the right ways. To cap …

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New Belgium’s Fat Tire is for the Fishes

New Belgium Brewing made a lot of news in 2007 — from their wildly popular Fat Tire Amber Ale, to their on-going efforts to make brewing sustainable. Well 2008 seems to be no different. The famous Colorado brewery’s flagship beer suddenly has another characteristic: It’s now a key ingredient in an environmentally friendly form of fish food.  According to Wyoming’s Casper …

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Predictions for Beer in the New Year

2007 was certainly a big year for the beer world. Small, independent brewers have experienced tremendous growth across the country (while, thankfully, sales at the “big three” have remained relatively flat); there has been an explosion in the “green” and organic brewing sector; the popularity of homebrewing continues to rise; on a much sadder note – beer lost one of …

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This weekend: Drink Beer, Think Clean Snow

A weekend long “Get Snowed In” event at Seattle’s Pyramid Brewering Co. this weekend will benefit The Snowrider Project (“an offshoot of  the ocean-centric Surfrider Foundation, Snowrider focuses on keeping snow and mountains clean so as not to pollute our waterways”; think Coastal Code, but on snow). The party will run Friday and Saturday nights with two great music acts on …

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Bay Area Organic Beer (and Wine) Tasting Slated for October 26th

What: CCOF’s 2nd Annual Organic Beer and Wine Tasting When: 4-8 p.m. Oct. 26. Where: Ferry Building, at Market Street and Embarcadero, S.F. How much: $15 for five tastes, $25 for 10 tastes. For more information: Visit http://www.ccof.org/ccoftasting.php or e-mail Julie Rockrow at Julie@ccof.org. According to an article in today’s Contra Costa Times, Wine and beer lovers who want to both induldge and …

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The Sun’s Shining on Stone Brewing Co.

According to a press release on the brewery’s website, Stone Brewing Co. has announced the upcoming installation of a 360.7kW AC (404.6 kW DC) Photovoltaic Solar System on the roof of its new brewing facility in the Escondido (California) Research & Technology Center (ERTC). The $3.2 million dollar system will supply the brewery with a significant portion of its total …

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Michigan Brewing Co. to be Run on Bio-Diesel

There certainly is environmental friendliness aplenty in the wide world of beer this week. Yesterday I spoke with Cheri Chastain about the environmental efforts of the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., and today the Michigan Brewing Co. has announced that their entire line will be produced using energy from bio-diesel from here on out. Wow! According to a press release from the Michigan …

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An Interview with Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

This evening I got to chat with Cheri Chastain, the Sustainability Coordinator at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., about their ongoing efforts to reach complete sustainability at their brewery, and to do their part to help our environment. Here is a transcript of our conversation: What do you do at Sierra Nevada? My current official title is Sustainability Coordinator; I coordinate our recycling …

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Toast Organic and Help Team in Training

(Portland, Oregon) – You are invited to ROOTS Organic Brewery on Wednesday October 3rd to help Craig Nicholls’ wife, Jeannie, raise funds for her run at the San Francisco Marathon, on October 21st. You will help raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. All tips and a percentage of sales for that night will go towards her fundraising goal of …

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Interview with the Alaskan Brewing Co.

Right on the heels of my recent interview with Jon Cadoux of Peak Organic Brewing, this evening I got to chat with Heather Conlin, the Special Projects Manager of Alaskan Brewing Co. Here is what she had to say: What is your role at Alaskan Brewing? My role has sort of evolved over time, but currently I work in human …

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An Interview with the Founder of Peak Organic Brewing

This evening I was lucky enough to sit down for an exclusive interview with Jon Cadoux, the founder of Peak Organic Brewing Co. in Portland, Maine. The pesticides used in non-organic farming have been linked to cancer, Developmental Toxicity, Reproductive Toxicity, Endocrine System Toxicity, Neurotoxicity, Immune System Toxicity, and more. The good news, however, is that in the past decade, sales …

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Alaskan Brewing Co. Committed to Helping Pacific Coastline

The Alaskan Brewing Co. has created the Coastal CODE (Clean Oceans Depend on Everyone) to encourage everyone to keep our oceans healthy. The small craft brewery located in the coastal community of Juneau, Alaska, is committing 1% of proceeds from its newly released Alaskan IPA to the Coastal CODE Fund, created in partnership with The Ocean Foundation. This unique initiative …

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Organic Hops Make Making Organic Beer Tougher

Organic brew news is coming across the wire like crazy today! Domestic sales of organic food and drink grew from $1 billion in 1990 to $14 billion in 2006, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Organic beer still represents less than 1 percent of U.S. beer sales, but those sales doubled to $19 million between 2003 and 2005 (the …

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A Santa Cruz Brewery Goes Organic

Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing Co. run by the husband and wife team of Chad Brill and Emily Thomas, is officially brewing entirely organic brews now – an emerging trend in the brewing industry (think Peaks Organic, or Wolavers, who distributes organic beer nationally)… well, in the U.S. as a whole, I guess. According to The San Jose Mercury News, “Getting organic …

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Sierra Nevada Going Green

By the end of September the Sierra Nevada Brewery will be almost entirely self-sufficient. Currently the brewery is in the process of “going green,” focusing on sustainability. As of now, the brewery has four fuel cells operating 70 to 75 percent of the facility’s power, Sustainability Coordinator Cheri Chastain said. The brewery has spent the summer adding solar panels, which …

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