Craft Brewers Honor Earth Day

By Matt Gacioch

At the same time the founding fathers and mothers of the modern American craft brewing revolution were producing some of their first batches of inspired beer, the world was being introduced to another innovative idea: Earth Day.

Since that era in the early 1970s, many craft brewers have exemplified much of the value system intended by the Earth Day message. The industry has led the way in stewardship of the natural world while consistently putting out world-class products. As the number of craft breweries continues to grow, many have integrated environmental responsibility into the very missions and objectives of their companies.

So, it should come as no surprise that on this, the 42nd anniversary of Earth Day, American small and independent craft brewers and better beer providers are reaching out to their communities to help them celebrate. Below is a non-exhaustive smattering of events taking place from sea to shining (due to solar energy-producing sunlight) sea.

Earth Day Events by Craft Brewers and Better Beer Providers

Blind Lady Ale House | San Diego, CA | April 22
Earth Day Organic Beer Fest – proceeds from organic beer and food go to Surfrider San Diego

Boulder Theater | Boulder, CO | April 22
Microbreweries for the Environment – 19 Colorado craft brewers will be sharing their beers, with proceeds benefitting CU Environmental Center, Flatirons Neighborhood Farm, The GrowHaus, and Sprout City Farms

Boundary Bay Brewing | Bellingham, WA | April 22
Earth Day Celebration – BBQ dinner with Earth Day-inspired tunes and Sustainability Fair

Capital Ale House and Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. | Richmond, VA
“UNPLUG” Earth Day Beer Dinner
(April 21) – five courses paired with five Sierra Nevada brands
“Unplug It” Earth Day Festival (April 22) – Live music, “100-mile” food specials, green education, and more than 20 Sierra Nevada beers on tap

Coastal Extreme Brewing Co. | Newport, RI | April 29
“Green Drinks” Happy Two Hours

Deschutes Brewery | Portland, OR | April 22
Earth Day Fundraiser – $1 of every Green Lakes Organic Ale pint sale goes to Portland’s Forest Park

Devils Backbone Brewing Co. | Roseland, VA | April 23
Blue Ridge Oyster Fest – Enjoy local oysters and other locally sourced and produced food and Devils Backbone beer

Eel River Brewing Co. | Fortuna, CA
Release of Earth Thirst Double IPA – portion of proceeds go to California Certified Organic Farmers

Intuition Ale Works | Jacksonville, FL | April
April is River Month and Intuition will be donating $1 for every beer sold on Thursdays & they brewed a special beer to honor Earth Day, Riverkeeper Red

Southern Tier Brewing Company | Lakewood, NY | April 22
Sapling Give Away – providing free spruce sapling for every 6-pack of 422 Pale Wheat Ale sold

Trumer Brauerei | Berkeley, CA | April 23
West Berkeley Neighborhood Clean-up – Earth Day celebration with VIP tours of the brewery

Yards Brewing Co. | Philadelphia, PA | April 22
2nd Annual Yards Earth Day Empty Case Extravaganza – Yards will be filling used cases/6-pack containers at a discount

What are you doing on Earth Day that involves your local brewery?

Matt GaciochMatt Gacioch is the current Craft Beer Program Intern at the Brewers Association. Matt has a background in environmental science, having graduated from the University of Michigan in 2010, and has worked as the Sustainability Intern at Left Hand Brewing Co. in Longmont, CO. Though a relatively new addition to the craft brewing world, he plans to continue doing his part in focusing this great industry on a responsible future.