With the national boom in craft breweries has come an unwanted side effect: a growing environmental footprint. True to its reputation for sustainability, Vermont is leading the country in developing cost-effective energy solutions to limit the impact of the industry on the environment, according to a recent article from digital magazine OZY.
Craft breweries across the state are rising to meet this challenge with innovative solutions—from energy conservation to wastewater adaptation. Rock Art Brewery in Morrisville is 100 percent solar-powered, while The Alchemist in Stowe has one sun-fueled facility and another on the way. Woodchuck Hard Cider in Middlebury sources one quarter of its energy from solar power generated by local farmers through the Cow Power program, while Magic Hat Brewing Company in Burlington has a digester that converts grain and wastewater into energy.