The Greatest Beers of the World would like to take a moment and celebrate the approach of Earth Day this week by showcasing American craft brewers who are making a difference in our world:
Uinta Brewing Company – Salt Lake City, Utah
In 2001, Uinta Brewing became the first 100% wind powered company in Utah.  They have been working with a company called Pacificor as a “Visionary” in their Blue Sky Program, which promotes the use of wind power to commercial and residential users throughout the state.  Their Blue Sky Pilsner is named in honor of that program.  This week, the Greatest Beers of the World will be sampling Uinta beers in local distributors.  Come out to Hatboro Beverage this afternoon or if you can’t make it today, come out to Brewers Outlet 202 tomorrow afternoon!
Victory Brewing Company – Downingtown, Pennsylvania
If Uinta represents wind power in effect, Victory shows us what the Sun is capable of producing.  Ron Barchet, Co-Owner and Brewmaster at Victory Brewing has deep roots in the solar electric industry.  His father was the Manager of Solar Electric Programs at GE in Valley Forge during the 70’s and then moved to California in the 80’s to become the VP of Operations at Applied Solar Energy Corp.  All the while, Ron was attending UCLA and working part-time at the same company, helping to create the thin “wafers” that would end up becoming photovoltaic cells.  Now, Ron has completed his own 69kW system for Victory, installed by Collegeville-based SunPower Builders, and is enjoying the 82,000kWh of Sun-tinged electricity every year.
Long Trail Brewing Company – Bridgewater Corners, Vermont
Long Trail is known for their ECO Brewery, or Environmentally Conscious Operations.  They live and breathe the slogan “Reduce, Re-use, Recycle.”  A few things truly set them apart from other breweries, such as their water conservation.  In order to produce a gallon of beer, most breweries average a water consumption of 6 gallons.  At Long Trail, they have accomplished the seemingly impossible by cutting water usage down to 2 gallons per gallon of beer.  They also save hundred of gallons of water per day by capturing the kettle steam, condensing it, and returning it as hot water into the mash.  This helps save 3.7 million BTU’s (or roughly 4 billion joules) in the form of heat energy per day, and it reduces Long Trail’s propane usage over 1,100 gallons per month.  You can celebrate this Earth Day today with a pint of Long Trail beer at your local bar. Check out where it’s pouring!