August is beer month at HuffPost Green. So first question: how green is the beer you drink? Well, if you drink a Fat Tire or a Sierra Nevada then you're on the right path. These eight breweries lead the pack when it comes to sustainable businesses and their beers are delicious to boot. So sit back, relax and enjoy these beers this summer. Vote for who you think is the green leader and nominate your favorite microbrew or green-leaning beer.
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Hit the participate button, tell us why you love that beer, (if they do green initiatives, all the better!) and mark the area where the beer is brewed by searching for an address in the box on the top right of the map, upload your photo and hit submit. Thank you!
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This brewery consistently tops brewery lists across the country and there's a good reason why. The company uses renewable wind energy, preventing 8 million pounds of coal from being burned (employees volunteered to pay for the switch), it recycles waste products, uses sustainable lighting and hosts the annual Tour de Fat, a philanthropic bike festival that promotes biking as a viable form of transport.
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The brewery makes certified organic beer, and runs a sustainable effort to help protect salmon in the state.
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The Alaskan Brewing Company reuses CO2 produced during the beer fermentation process. One percent of its sales are donated to the environment non-profit CODE (Clean Oceans Depend on Everyone) and it practices other sustainable living measures to maintain the eco-balance in Alaska.
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Full Sail uses half the water compared to most others in the industry. It also uses local grains and has started using wind power.
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A 100 percent of this brewery's energy needs are provided by wind power. While the Brewery doesn't have a wind turbine on its roof, it pays Con Edison a premium rate so that all the energy it uses every year is replaced by energy produced at a wind farm.
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Great Lakes Brewing Co. recycles promotional materials to create fuel for heating; it composts the brewery's restaurant food; and left over barley is given to local farmers for use as feed. Delivery trucks also use biodiesel.
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Sierra Nevada Brewery recycled almost 97 percent of its total waste in 2006; it reuses its CO2 produced during fermentation and it rewards employees who ride bikes to work. The brewery also uses fuel cell power units to supply electric power and heat.
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The Lakefront Brewery is the country's oldest certified organic brewery. It donates approximately 15,000 pounds per week of spent grain that is converted into supersoil; it uses 100 percent organic hops; and five percent of the energy used comes from wind power.