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How Green Is Your Beer?

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Posted on Aug 12, 2009
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Watching your environmental impact is almost as important as watching your liver impact. To that end, Greenopia has rated “15 of the largest breweries in the world.” Guinness, Heineken, Coors, Sam Adams and Tecate all got the lowest possible rating, while Fat Tire’s maker, New Belgium, took home four out of four green leaves (adorable). Remember to consume environmentally friendly beer responsibly.

Find the full ratings here, and a more detailed analysis here.

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By kungfoofighterx, August 13, 2009 at 6:06 pm Link to this comment
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This list is small and meaningless.  There are hundreds of breweries in this country.  Honestly, I find it hard to believe that list contains the top 15 breweries in the world. Top by what standards?  This seems very random and there is not detailed information to evaluate this “study.”

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By hippie4ever, August 13, 2009 at 2:12 pm Link to this comment

Exactly, LostHills, why bother? I’m not much of a drinker but enjoyed local brews in Munich and when not stoned in Amsterdam. Great beer, esp. Munich with hundreds to choose from, and each was unique. I drank way too much during my evenings there…and they serve great fish & salads in the beergardens. It was the best way to meet the locals and discover what their hopes and problems were.

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By Brian, August 12, 2009 at 9:56 pm Link to this comment
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BREW YOUR OWN!  It’s about a $150 initial investment in equipment, you can do it in your kitchen (if you have a stove and a sink), and $25 worth of ingredients will get you 60-70 bottles of fresh delicious beer.  It’s the greenest way to go.  And when you’re not brewing your own…drink local!

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By Russian Paul, August 12, 2009 at 9:29 pm Link to this comment

I second LostHills, buy local, support breweries in your state, there is a lot of amazing beer out there. You can even just go down to your local Whole Foods and you’ll be shocked by the great selection they have.

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By rollzone, August 12, 2009 at 7:22 pm Link to this comment

hello.  green beer. i don’t drink green beer. i don’t eat green eggs. i remember Coors when it was illegal (bootleg) to bring it up into the northeast. what a uniquely cool, smooth, and satisfying flavor . that is what i search for in today’s market. the ingredients have been altered so much, either environmentally, or with chemical pesticides and fertilizers, and water dope; that micro breweries have an advantage: if only they could be consistent. go get me a beer. anything but them ultra light calorie concious foam recyclables.

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By skulz fontaine, August 12, 2009 at 6:11 pm Link to this comment

Greenopia? Blow it out your ass! Now you’ve crossed the line. Nobody but nobody disses on the beer. Period.

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By LostHills, August 12, 2009 at 5:16 pm Link to this comment

Why drink beer from any of the “15 largest breweries” in the first place? That’s the whole problem! Get your beer from the closest brewery to your home, or make your own! I’ve got two local breweries to choose from, and their both better than any of those listed, and I live in the sticks. Drink local, and screw the national advertisers.

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