You can't make great beer without clean water.
Of course, clean water is essential to more than a great-tasting pint—it's also critical for our health and our economy at large. That's why dozens of breweries have joined NRDC's fight to protect the Clean Water Act. Responsible safeguards protect our product from upstream pollution and help us protect our downstream neighbors.
Allagash Brewing was founded by Rob Tod in 1995, on the outskirts of Portland, Maine. His goal was to brew all Belgian inspired beers including our flagship, Allagash White, a wheat beer. In the last 18 years, Allagash has grown to have distribution to 17 states, including almost the entire eastern seaboard, Illinois and California. Allagash has earned a reputation as an innovator in the craft brewing industry and has been recognized with numerous national and international beer awards. Allagash has been featured in many respected publications including the Boston Globe, Men's Journal, Gourmet, Bon Appétit, and The Wall Street Journal. Allagash began using 100 percent wind power in 2008 to power our main facility, and now we use wind to power our three warehouse locations as well. Our spent grain and yeast, both by-products of the brewing process, are given to local farmers as feed for cattle and land application for crops. We bale and recycle cardboard and plastic, recycling more than 30 tons in 2012. Several years ago we moved to using a single-stream recycling system for our remaining recyclables and reduced our trash by more than 50 percent.
Ann Arbor, MI
Our founders, Matt and Rene Greff, are committed to making great beer and delicious food that's served in a comfortable, friendly atmosphere. We're passionate about producing in a conscientious way. We buy locally, support sustainable farmers, give back to our community, and work to reduce our environmental impact. We know our beer speaks for itself, but we also feel each pint tastes that much better knowing it was made thoughtfully and responsibly. Watch video
Battle Creek, MI
Arcadia Brewing Company was established in 1996 as a microbrewery specializing in handcrafted British-style ales. All of our beers are produced in small batches, and our 25 Barrel Peter Austin Brewery and methods originated in England, which allows this style of beer to reflect over 250 years of world class brewing heritage. In addition to brewing on authentic British equipment, Arcadia uses only the finest malted barley from England, and when combined with the freshest hops from the Pacific Northwest of our United States, and our legendary Ringwood yeast, the result is some of the best and freshest handcrafted ales available, on any continent. Watch video
Located in the historic Bates Mill, Baxter Brewing Co. is a Maine-based craft brewery that cans all of its beer. In addition to being better for the environment (aluminum is the most recycled material in the world) and the beer itself by keeping the liquid safe from light and oxygen, cans are infinitely more portable than glass, and therefore the perfect accompaniment to outdoor activities. As one of our founding principles is to be a sustainably-driven, environmentally-friendly company, we strive to be "greener" than the normal brewing process calls for through efforts including purchasing wind power to offset 100% of our electrical usage, using our spent grain and yeast to feed local cattle, composting solid waste and discarded hops, using ME-certified energy efficient lighting, recovering and reusing steam from our brewhouse, neutralizing our waste water, enforcing a strict recycling program, and, of course, using cans (don't worry: our 6-pack rings are 100% photodegradable).
The story of Bear Republic, like most other craft brewers, begins with homebrewing. It was the spark for our passion to create quality, hand-crafted beers. Why did we decide to craft beers among the grapevines of California's world-famous Wine Country? Simple. This is where we are from. Founded by 3rd and 4th generation Sonoma County residents, we are family-owned and team-oriented. We believe that sustainability, beer quality and financial responsibility go hand in hand. We've worked hard to achieve a 3.5 to 1 water use to beer produced ratio in our drought stressed region. Investment in extensive solar arrays and a state of the art wastewater pretreatment system help us to further reduce our impact on the environment.
New York, NY
La Birreria is Eataly's rooftop restaurant and brewery that offers the highest quality beer and food under the stars and skyline. In collaboration with Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head, Teo Musso of Baladin and Leonardo Di Vincenzo of Birra Del Borgo, Eataly's Head Brewer is brewing unfiltered, unpasteurized and naturally carbonated Cask Ales just 30 feet from where you sit, eat and drink. Each is served through traditional hand pumps, at the perfect temperature, so you can enjoy our beers in the most natural and traditional way. The menu conjures the family style feasts of an Italy influenced by Austria and Germany. The focus on hearty fare feels convivial and comforting (deeply flavorful mushroom entrees, beer braised pork shoulder, housemade sausages and grilled meats).
Nelson County, VA
Right off route 29 South on the southern end of Nelson County, Blue Mountain Barrel House is our unique production brewery with an emphasis on high-end barrel-aged beers. We offer a multi-level tasting room open seven days a week, plus a food truck serving up menu favorites from the original Blue Mountain brewpub on Friday through Sundays. We frequently feature live music on the weekends and will give you and your party one of the most interesting brewery tours in the area. Tasting room open daily from 11AM to 8PM.
Nestled below the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains in Afton, Virginia on the now famous Route 151, Blue Mountain is proud to be Nelson County's original brewery and the pioneer of the rural brewing experience in our corner of the world. Visit our expansive brewery with multiple patios, pergolas, lawn seating, hop fields, multi-level inside seating, events hall and a full, delicious menu that has made us the favorite of locals and tourists alike. Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner from 11AM to 10:00PM every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas day.
Grand Rapids, MI
Welcome to Brewery Vivant! We are excited to share our passion of beer with you. We get inspiration from the small farmhouse breweries that dot the countryside in Southern Belgium and Northern France. We take notes from their artistic approach to brewing and explore our interpretations of traditional styles using a mix of old world and new world ingredients and methods. Watch video
Founded in 1988, The Brooklyn Brewery is one of the foremost craft breweries in the world, producing award-winning beers that are available in 26 states and more than 30 countries. The Brooklyn Brewery is located in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn and is led by Founder Steve Hindy and Brewmaster Garrett Oliver.
We love to brew beer, it is our passion, and so is being a responsible steward of our environment. Unfortunately, making beer can be very resource intensive, from energy needs to water resources, breweries use a lot. To that end, we are continually working to mitigate our drain on these precious resources, so all of us can feel better about the beer we drink.
Big Rapids, MI
At Cranker's Brewery we provide our community with craft beer brewed in classic styles from around the world. Our goal is to help you pair our beers with delicious dining options to create a memorable experience. As we always say at Cranker's, drink good beer with good people. Watch video
DryHop Brewers is a craft brewery and kitchen in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood. At DryHop, our neighbors will sit a few feet from our brewery. We want them to discover there's something perfect about drinking a beer at the source and tasting the freshness after their first sip. From seasonal shared plates to unique beers worth talking about, to our growler bar that lets everyone take a little bit of DryHop home – all of this is meant to bring people together. Watch video
Sustainable, Local, Natural...It's Engrained! Founded by brewer and owner Brent Schwoerer, Engrained Brewing Company is a brewpub located in central Illinois's capital city. Their unique from scratch farm to table restaurant model is an excellent fit with the onsite brewery. Depending on the season 50 to 60% of their food ingredients come from local farmers with 100% of our beef, pork, and chicken coming from an 85 mile radius and raised humanely on open pastures without hormones, antibiotics, or steroids. Engrained's facility and operating protocols are built around sustainability with the simple goal of reducing their footprint on the environment. Crafting exceptional fresh beer is Engrained!
Finch's Beer Co. is in the business of brewing great, craft beers locally in Chicago, Illinois. We use the best ingredients and take special care to make sure every batch is the best we can brew. While following in the footsteps of other local brewing companies, we intend on adding another brand of beer to Chicago's already growing selection and contributing to a new generation of microbreweries, taking a foothold in Chicago. Watch video
Flossmoor Station's owners, Dean and Carolyn Armstrong, who are Flossmoor residents, saw the deterioration of the historic old Flossmoor Train Station right before their eyes. Run-down and well on its way to being a safety liability, the building badly needed some tender loving care. Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery's debut was met with great excitement as the community had its first opportunity to see how lovingly the old building was restored, and what a stunning addition it would make to the town. Flossmoor – and South Chicagoland – now had a true "public house" and "community gathering place" – the goal the Armstrongs persisted to achieve. Watch video
Grand Rapids, MI
The Founders Family, a group of passionate beer enthusiasts, has grown around this simple philosophy: "We don't brew beer for the masses. Instead, our beers are crafted for a chosen few, a small cadre of renegades and rebels who enjoy a beer that pushes the limits of what is commonly accepted as taste. In short, we make beer for people like us." Founders. Brewed for us. Watch video
We are a family-owned craft brewery founded in 2009 to brew small-batch artisan beers made with the best local ingredients we can find...Because Beer Matters! We are also serious about sustainability – and not just environmental but social and economic sustainability as well. That's why we strive to reduce our carbon footprint as much as possible through energy conservation and zero waste production processes. And that's why we provide our employees the best benefits we can afford and give back to the community that has so generously supported us throughout the years.
When the first Goose Island Brewpub opened its doors in 1988, domestic, mass-produced beer was deeply ingrained in Midwestern culture. The craft beer industry was still in its infancy, with only a handful of brewpubs in existence in the Midwest. Today, Goose Island continues to brew an innovative selection of over 50 craft beers at the brewpub, the best of which are then bottled at our Fulton Street brewery. Goose Island beers are now enjoyed in all 50 states and Europe. Watch video
Great Lakes Brewing Company® is a principle-centered, environmentally respectful and socially conscious company committed to crafting fresh, flavorful, high-quality beer and food for the enjoyment of our customers. We aspire to maintain our status as the premier craft brewery in the Great Lakes region and are dedicated to uncompromising service, continuous improvement, and innovative consumer education.
Half Acre Beer Company began in 2006 with no experience and loads of optimism. At Half Acre Beer Company, we brew beers we want to see made, enjoy ourselves as much as possible, and encourage the interesting experiences this ride has to offer. Half Acre is a reflection of those that keep it alive, the people that hoist the beer and the places where its found. Watch video
Andersonville Brewing Company is the brewing arm of Hamburger Mary's, located in the quaint Andersonville neighborhood on Chicago's northside. We began brewing fresh beer in the summer of 2009, making us the oldest nano-brewery in Chicago! Andersonville Brewing and Hamburger Mary's support clean water because clean water makes better beer... And good beer makes burgers taste better too!
Grand Rapids, MI
Harmony Brewing Company is a friendly neighborhood brew pub in Eastown USA. Harmony sits in an ideal spot but when we first laid eyes on the place it was an old party store that had sat abandoned for over 10 years. Through much labor and love and a lot more labor we reclaimed this little place and now it is a cozy space filled with natural light and the smells of wood smoke and malt. Watch video
At Hi-Wire, we strive to be as independent and authentic as possible, while maintaining an approachability to our beers. Located in Downtown Asheville's Brew District, Hi-Wire Brewing embraces its craft from top to bottom – from its highly drinkable, hand-crafted brews to its artwork, hand-drawn by a local artist. Our light-hearted circus theme embodies the fun, authenticity, and creativity of this deep-rooted craft. You can find our beers on draught and in bottles at North Carolina bars and restaurants as well as in our tasting room. Or grab a 6-pack of bottles at area groceries, gas stations, convenience stores, and specialty beer/wine shops. Hi-Wire features four approachable year-round "Main Attraction" beers – Prime Time Pale, Hi-Pitch IPA, Bed of Nails Brown, and Hi-Wire Lager – a rotating selection of seasonal offerings, as well as "Side Show Seasonals", available exclusively at our tasting room. Come visit us in our Downtown Asheville Tasting Room seven days a week.
At the Hops & Grain Brewery we take very seriously our environmental impact and are committed to sustainable brewing and living practices. We're trying to make our community greener through giving a portion of our annual revenue to local environmental non-profits and supporting our local community growers and producers. We also take a portion of our spent brewing grains and up cycle them into dog treats called Brew Biscuits. Our business and brewing decisions are guided by our commitment to our environment, our community and our craft. We live and work each day to enhance the social experience through craft beer.
Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB) strives to revolutionize and inspire the brewing industry with practices that drive quality, protect the environment and improve the community we live in. Utilizing organic malts and a combination of locally-sourced organic and Salmon Safe hops, the company's 20-barrel brewery produces 16,000 barrels of beer a year for HUB's two brewpubs and for distribution throughout the Northwest. In 2015 Hopworks became a Certified B Corporation and expanded its range of sustainably-made offerings with HUB Hard Cider and will open its third pub at the Pine St. Marketplace in Downtown Portland. HUB is 100% renewably powered and "cradle to gate" carbon neutral.
Fort Collins, CO
Horse & Dragon Brewing Company is a small craft brewery in Fort Collins, Colorado. Our goal is to responsibly create craft brewing products and experiences that enhance the balance in people's lives and in their communities and that increase people's ability to connect with each other. We strive to make great beer in a sustainable manner, to be involved in our community, and to treat others respectfully. Come enjoy a fresh, tasty beer with us!
KelSo is dedicated to making fresh, classic, and satisfying beers in a sustainable, responsible manner. We feel that beer should be thoughtful and imaginative, yet, at the end of the day, easy to drink. We use local ingredients wherever possible, and strive to keep waste to a minimum. Over the last seven years, we've raised tens of thousands of dollars for local food-based charities, have coordinated blood drives and homeless assistance campaigns, and have donated time and resources to organizations that we feel help make the world a better place. This is the essence of our motto, "Beer Helps."
Lagunitas began on a kitchen stove in northern California in 1993. As their popularity has grown across the country, so has their positive impact. By pioneering long term trade agreements with hops and grain farmers they know personally, they are able to ensure fair prices, and help provide stable income to family farms. They support non-profits around the country, helping to turn beer into money for the cause.
Milwaukee's own Lakefront Brewery Inc. started in 1987. The industrious and inventive microbrewery located on the Milwaukee River has become a Milwaukee landmark. Its rich history includes partnerships with local taverns, preservation of local historical pieces, unique tours, family style dining options and most importantly, great beer. Watch video
Maine Beer Company was founded in 2009 by brothers David and Daniel Kleban. Specializing in Hoppy American Ales, the small brewery is a proud member of 1% for the Planet, giving back a portion of sales to environmental groups around the world. Despite a recent move and expansion, Maine Beer Company remains a very small brewery whose dedication to brewing really good beer and doing what's right always comes first.
Fort Collins, CO
New Belgium Brewing, makers of Fat Tire Amber Ale and a host of Belgian-inspired beers, is recognized as one of Outside Magazine's Best Places to Work and one of the Wall Street Journal's Best Small Businesses. The 100% employee-owned brewery is a Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Business as designated by the League of American Bicyclists, and one of World Blu's most democratic U.S. businesses. In addition to Fat Tire, New Belgium brews eight year round beers: Ranger IPA, Shift Pale Lager, Rampant Imperial IPA, Sunshine Wheat, 1554 Black Ale, Blue Paddle Pilsener, Abbey Belgian Ale and Trippel. Watch video
Fort Collins, Colorado
Vint Hill, VA
Old Bust Head Brewing Company is named for a bygone crossroads in the rolling hills of Fauquier County, Virginia. The locals who dubbed the corner 'Bust Head' enjoyed not only the potent libations brewed there, but also a little good humor. While we're serious about the art of crafting exceptional beer, and about our passion for our community and our environment, we salute those past and present who keep things playfully in perspective and make life a bit more enjoyable for all of us. From the start, we've tried to demonstrate our commitment to the environment by investing in geothermal heating and cooling, as well as energy efficiency and heat recapture throughout our brewing processes, and recycling vacant buildings into our new brewery and taproom.
New Hampshire's original brewpub has been serving all types since opening in 1991, by the same brother and sister who opened the Northampton Brewery in 1987. We brew over forty different beers each year in house, and take extra efforts to support our local farmers by featuring their delicious foods on our menus. The Portsmouth Brewery supports a broad range of local, state and national non-profits. In addition to serving delicious, all-natural beer and creative cuisine, we're proud to be active members of our communities.
Revolution Brewing is Chicago's new hometown craft brewery. Our brewpub in Logan Square is a bustling, neighborhood institution where friends and families meet to enjoy the freshest beer in town. We have fun doing what we do and invite you to come in and join us. Watch video
Traverse City, MI
Our brew team creates some of Northern Michigan's finest craft brew. They have been given full rein to drive the buggy over the cliff. If you want boring, common beer, we don't have it. You'll find all sorts of ingredients in our beer: chocolate, heather, coffee, raspberries, an Englishman, mint, toads, and a bunch of other stuff we found near the building. The water is pumped in from West Bay, which is only a hop, skip, and a jump away. We can smell the fresh lake air from our brew house doors, and you can taste it in our crisp, clean brews. Watch video
Rising Tide Brewing Company is a family-owned brewery in Portland, Maine, specializing in well balanced artisan American ales inspired by traditional European brewing practices. We think local water we brew with is some of the best water in the world for making beer, and we're excited to be part of the effort to protect it.
We are a small family owned production brewery in Cantrall IL, just outside of Springfield, IL. We make our beer using the best ingredients we can source, including many we have grown ourselves. We are passionate about bringing you the best beer, crafting each batch with care and making sure it stays optimally stored until it gets to you.
Founded in 1994, Shipyard Brewing Company is located on the historic waterfront in Portland, Maine and produces 17 varieties of award-winning English style and seasonal beers. Its products are distributed in over 35 states. The Brewers Association ranks Shipyard as the 15th largest craft brewery in the U.S. and 23rd overall. In 2012, the brewery produced 158,441 barrels (1,781,260 cases) of its award-winning brews.
In April of 2004, we opened the doors to Short's Brewing Company in the quaint village of Bellaire. Beer was the mission, and liberation was the movement. Today, Short's Brewing Company continues the effort to educate and liberate consumers. We take pride in our hands-on, mom-and-pop approach and the energy we put into the quality of our beer, food, staff, customers and facilities. We believe in the power of the smallness. Watch video
Sierra Nevada is one of America's first craft breweries and helped popularize the bold and flavorful beers that are hallmarks of the current craft beer renaissance. Sierra Nevada is highly regarded for using only whole-cone hops, and the pioneering spirit that launched the brewery spans more than three decades, with innovation emerging from both the brewhouse and sustainability initiatives. Sierra Nevada has set the standard for artisan brewers worldwide as a winner of numerous awards for its extensive line of beers including Pale Ale, Torpedo®, Porter, Stout, Kellerweis® and a host of seasonal, specialty and limited release beers.
Founded in 1994, Smuttynose Brewing Co. brews over 30 different beers styles each year and has won awards in nearly all major beer competitions. Not only will we celebrate our 20th Anniversary in 2014, but we'll open our energy-efficient, brand-new brewery, visitors center and restaurant on the historic Towle Farm in Hampton, NH. From environmental causes to social justice initiatives, Smuttynose proudly supports a wide range of concerns within our community and beyond.
Purchased in 2014 by Blue Mountain Brewery, South Street Brewery in downtown Charlottesville is the newest addition to our brewery establishments. Blue Mountain's brewmaster Taylor Smack manned the helms at this storied Central Virginia brewery for over five years and has returned to his roots with this exciting acquisition. South Street has been fully renovated inside and out and offers new local food offerings paired with an exquisite, expanded line of beers. Also look for South Street beers throughout the Virginia as we grow our exciting portfolio of beers. Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner from 11AM to 1:00AM every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas day.
Temperance Beer Company is here to heighten your appreciation for the life you are living. We want to take you out of your everyday and ramp up the number and intensity of life's memorable moments with our beer, tap room, and events. We will keep pushing and challenging the idea of what a beer company can be. To do any of this, we need the best ingredients for the beer, starting with clean water.
uncommon ground is thrilled to announce the opening of the first certified organic brewery in the state of illinois! the 1,200 square-foot space next to our wrigleyville location features a seven-barrel brewhouse along with serving tanks that feed directly into uncommon ground's tap system. it doesn’t get any fresher than that! breweries nationwide are engaging in active sustainability programs, and we are ecstatic to pave the way for chicago's organic craft beer scene. we believe the best results stem from the best possible ingredients, which is why we are committed to using 100% organic malted barley and hops. we also donate our spent grain to a local farmer who incorporates it into his animals' feed! implementing water conservation practices, composting, and monitoring energy consumption are also important in "closing the loop" wherever and whenever possible. we are committed to achieving the smallest footprint without jeopardizing our high standards for flavor and quality.
Our philosophy of owning a brewery is plain and simple – brew fresh, drinkable session ales and lagers that compliment each beer style. Consumers are much more educated these days when it comes to beer, and our goal as brewers is to show everyone why it is called "craft" beer. Anyone can throw a bunch of hops in a beer and call it a double IPA, but we believe in creating beers that have the nuances of malt, hops, alcohol and freshness. Drinkability is our m.o. – and we hope we can get you wanting just one more – because beer is good! Cheers! Watch video
- Brewers' statement opposing Senate Joint Resolution 22 to roll-back the Clean Water Rule, 1/12/2016
- Brewers' statement opposing legislative attempts to roll-back the Clean Water Rule and the Clean Water Act, 11/3/2015
- Brewers' letter to the EPA supporting finalization of the Clean Water Rule, 11/13/2014
- Letter submitted to President Obama supporting proposal of a rule to clarify the variety of bodies of water protected under the Clean Water Act
- Letter submitted to President Obama calling for guidelines that clarify the variety of bodies of water protected under the Clean Water Act