Beer

Beer requires a water-intensive process and is an exploding industry in the region. Many brewers market their process as environmentally friendly.

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Burgeoning beer brewers good for barley

Barley seed being cleaned and processed. Image: Michigan State University Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center

Michigan-grown barley is slowly making a comeback thanks to the state’s burgeoning craft beer industry. “The number of breweries is growing, the amount of beer they are producing is growing and the amount of barley they use is proportional to that,” said Scott Graham, executive director of the Michigan Brewers Guild. “There is interest for it in Michigan and I’ve been working to encourage the reemergence of that as a viable business. There has not been much barley production in Michigan since the mid-eighties.”

To be used in beer, barley, a grain, must first be malted, a process that sprouts and dries the grain seed. Limited malting houses in Michigan are the biggest hurdle for farmers and brewers who want to produce 100 percent locally grown beer. Continue Reading →

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Short’s Brewing ties seasonal beers to Clean Water Campaign

Short's Brewing Company in Bellaire, Mich. released its American Double IPA "Superfluid" this spring. (Photo: Short's Brewing Company)

Short’s Brewing Company in Bellaire, Mich. released its American Double IPA “Superfluid” this spring. (Photo: Short’s Brewing Company)Short’s Brewing Co. in Bellaire, Mich. is using the creation of one of its popular summer beers to draw attention to an oil pipeline that the company fears could taint the waters of the Great Lakes. Continue Reading →

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Clean, Green Breweries: Arbor Brewing Co.

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The abundant freshwater of the Great Lakes region is increasingly used for craft beer brewing. Breweries compete for customers with an eclectic array of beers and a raft of sustainable efforts. Some companies recycle used grain, others use recycled packaging. Some run delivery trucks on vegetable oil or harness wind and solar power. Some even donate proceeds to watershed projects. Continue Reading →

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Clean, Green Breweries: Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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The abundant freshwater of the Great Lakes region is increasingly used for craft beer brewing. Breweries compete for customers with an eclectic array of beers and a raft of sustainable efforts. Some companies recycle used grain, others use recycled packaging. Some run delivery trucks on vegetable oil or harness wind and solar power. Some even donate proceeds to watershed projects. Continue Reading →

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Clean, Green Breweries: Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

More and more breweries are Photo: Lakefront Brewery.

The abundant freshwater of the Great Lakes region is increasingly used for craft beer brewing. Breweries compete for customers with an eclectic array of beers and a raft of sustainable efforts. Some companies recycle used grain, others use recycled packaging. Some run delivery trucks on vegetable oil or harness wind and solar power. Some even donate proceeds to watershed projects. Continue Reading →

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Clean, Green Breweries: Short’s Brewing Co.

Photo: Shorts Brewing Company.

The abundant freshwater of the Great Lakes region is increasingly used for craft beer brewing. Breweries compete for customers with an eclectic array of beers and a raft of sustainable efforts. Some companies recycle used grain, others use recycled packaging. Some run delivery trucks on vegetable oil or harness wind and solar power. Some even donate proceeds to watershed projects. Continue Reading →

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Clean, Green Breweries: Goose Island Beer Co.

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The abundant freshwater of the Great Lakes region is increasingly used for craft beer brewing. Breweries compete for customers with an eclectic array of beers and a raft of sustainable efforts. Some companies recycle used grain, others use recycled packaging. Some run delivery trucks on vegetable oil or harness wind and solar power. Some even donate proceeds to watershed projects. Continue Reading →

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