Pick any brewery in California and chances are they’re going the extra mile for our environment. Most California breweries are active in recycling materials, reducing water use, and lowering energy consumption. However, five of them stand above the crowd for their unique environmental commitment.

All five have won plenty of awards for their beers as well as driving their businesses to become more environmentally sustainable.

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Sierra Nevada
Chico

Any discussion of environmentally friendly breweries has to start with Sierra Nevada. The craft brewing pioneer embarked on numerous projects to reduce its impact on the surrounding environment. This includes natural gas fuel cells, solar panels on the brewery roof, CO2 recovery equipment, and diverting all but 0.3% of its solid waste away from landfills. Sierra Nevada even built its own private rail spur so trucks could load grain destined for the brewery only two miles away, drastically …