It’s nice to relax after a long day with a cold beer (provided you’re old enough to drink, that is), but what’s not so nice is considering the energy that breweries, particularly large-scale ones, consume during the brewing process. From heating the water to making the beer itself and providing energy for the machinery to operate, there’s no question that making beer takes up quite a lot of energy to produce.
But lately, some breweries are turning to renewable sources like solar and wind to power their facilities, cutting down on costs and leaving a smaller footprint. The trend is most popular among smaller breweries that focus on craft beers, but even big companies have been going green in the past few years, including, according to Greenbiz, brew giant Budweiser.
In this gallery, you can check out five breweries around the US that use solar power and solar hot water. We can all drink to that.