Five Sustainable Distilleries

Right on the heels of that booziest of holidays, we’re rolling out a photo gallery of five distilleries around the world that produce their goods—namely vodkas, whiskeys and rums—in a sustainable and eco-conscious manner. These distilleries often use a prominent byproduct, spent grain left over from the distillation process, as a source of energy to power the plant itself. Or, in the case of one of the distilleries we’ll be looking at, they give back to the community in the form of clean, sustainable energy. Other companies put their waste products to good use by returning them to the earth in the form of fertilizers, compost and livestock feed.

So check out these distilleries, which stretch from Scotland to Puerto Rico, for the next time you’re in the mood for a cocktail or a nightcap, and see how you can enjoy a quality beverage while supporting sustainable business practices. Click a picture to learn more about the distillery, its products and its green practices. Bottoms up!

Laura Caseley is a graduate of SUNY New Paltz and a resident of New York State’s Hudson Valley. She writes for several publications and when she’s not writing, she can usually be found painting in her makeshift studio or enjoying the scenery of her hometown.

    • what about Bacardi in Puerto Rico? They use their wastes to produce gaz to heat the stills. Sun generated electricity. What about lots of others? Why just 5?