Hello Spinach Fans! My name’s Aaron, El Peatón, and I’ll be joining my fellow Spinach heads here on the blog. As you’ve probably already noticed, we here at Spinach like to share all things happening in the greenosphere, and try to do so in the most lighthearted and friendly way possible We provide you breaking news, environmental trends and tips on how to make your life a little greener. I plan to bring some urban issues to the Spinach table, and hope to cover topics such as sustainable transportation, greener urban development, and general topics affecting those of us living in and around cities. But, to kick things off, I wanted to share something I think many of you (I know the Spinach Team will), may find useful as we enter the Holidays. A Green Boozing Guide!
Yes, the Holidays are a time to give, spend time with friends, family and loved ones, reminisce on the year’s events, and be thankful for everything we have going for ourselves. But it is also the time for indulging in libations. So, what could be better than getting your drink on with friends and family this holiday season? Why, doing it by being green of course! Below is a list (by no means complete) of a few of the breweries, wineries, and liquor distilleries that do their best to provide you with something good to drink without stepping all over the planet. I hope you find this list useful. And remember, you can do your part and make green choices while having a good time. Cheers!
1. New Belgium Brewing: Fort Collins, CO
All of the brewery’s energy needs come from its on-site wastewater treatment facility as well as wind energy. New Belgium is a strong bicycle advocate, and even included planet Earth as a stakeholder in its strategic planning!
New Belgium’s Ranger IPA
2. Bison Brewing: Berkeley, CA
Touting USDA-certified organic ingredients, an energy grid comprised of renewables, and resource saving brewing practices, Bison Brewing is a green-brew fan’s best friend.
Bison Brewing’s Gingerbread Ale
3. Peak Organic Brewing Company: Portland, ME
Like Bison Brewing, Peak Organic sources all of its ingredients locally and organically. The brewery has also given back to the community, working closely with local farmers to bring organic commercial grade hops back to Maine, the first time in the state since 1880.
Peak Organic’s King Crimson Imperial Red Ale
4. Brooklyn Brewery: Brooklyn, NY
The first brewery in New York City to purchase 100% of its energy needs from wind farms, Brooklyn Brewery strongly stands by its commitment to sustainability. Awesome beer, with out the CO2!
Brooklyn Brewery’s Brooklyn Lager
5. Full Sail Brewing Company: Hood River, OR
Preferring the term “responsible” rather than “sustainable”, Full Sail Brewing Company was thinking about the planet when it set up shop in 1987. Repurposing a derelict canning facility, a waste-water treatment plant on-site, all beer making by-product used as animal feed locally, and using 100% recycled materials in all of its packaging are only a few of the many weapons in Full Sail’s sustainability arsenal.
Full Sail Brewing Company’s Amber Ale
1. Alma Roas Winery: Buellton, CA
Award winning wines that are certified organic and grown using sustainable agriculture practices.
Alma Rosa Winery’s 2008 Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir
2. Stratus Winery: Niagara, ON
Featuring the fist LEED-certified winery in North America, Stratus Winery embodies what it means to be green. The facility also uses geothermal heating and cooling, uses recycled materials in the construction, and even has a staff bike room and Prius!!
Stratus Winery’s assemblage’ red wine, a mixture Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Gamay and Syrah
3. Rodney Strong Vineyards: Healdsburg, CA
As if going 100% solar energy powered back in 2005 wasn’t enough, Rodney Strong Vineyards went a step further, and installed a 766-Kilowatt solar array on its own property. The vineyard now produces all of its own energy, plus provides solar energy to the grid, enough to power nearly 800 homes per day!
Rodney Strong Vineyard’s 2009 Sauvignon Blanc
Alcohol Giant Diageo is in the process of building a bioenergy plant at it’s Glenlossie distillery in Scotland. The plant will produce steam that will help power the distillery, as well as animal feed from the distillery by-product not suitable for energy production. The plant is estimated to keep nearly 6,000 of CO2 out of the atmosphere every year, the equivalent of removing 1,134 cars of the road. Diageo’s brands include Johnnie Walker, Tanqueray, and Smirnoff.
Johnnie Walker Red Label
If you’ve got a favorite green libation, let us know, and we’ll do our best to add it to the list. Thanks for reading, and go out there enjoy the Holidays, without feeling bad about it!
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