One way to go green with your beer is to buy from local breweries, but not everyone has a quality brewery in their vicinity. Another way is to buy organic beer, but it’s not always easy to find or it may be priced out of your range – especially if you’re buying for a party.

So that leaves you with mainstream beers. But don’t despair. Many of the mainstream beer companies are working on greening their operations even if they aren’t spending their advertising dollars to let you know. Here are just a few of the things that two of the biggest mainstream beer makers are doing to help improve the environment.

Anheuser-Busch, the makers of Budweiser and Michelob, have an environmental pledge on their website.


Our pledge is to continually seek to operate more efficiently and to maintain our quality standards, while considering our environmental impact in order to be better stewards of the world in which we live.

One of the ways that Anheuser-Busch is cleaning up their act environmentally is with energy usage. Eight percent of the energy used in their operations comes from renewable sources. They also have an award-winning Bio-Energy Recovery System (BERS) that harnesses renewable energy from their brewing process wastewater.


To see all that the maker of Budweiser is doing to become more environmentally friendly, go to their Our Pledge web page.


MillerCoors, the makers of Miller, Coors, and the popular Blue Moon, has an environmental statement on their website.


Our award-winning commitment to a healthy environment begins at the top. We believe that being a responsible steward of the environment is good for our business, our communities and our planet.
Our brewing practices make business and philosophical sense. We believe that when we build sustainable manufacturing processes, we also make our business more sustainable over the long term.

We have real goals, and we’re moving fast to meet them. We want to make more beer using less water and protect the crystal-clear goodness of that water.  We want to reduce the energy we use. We want to foster recycling and reuse of our materials. Finally, we are working to reduce the waste from our operations to zero.


One of the things that MillerCoors is doing to clean up their act environmentally is water use reduction.


We’ve set more stringent targets for the amount of water we use to produce beer, and at the same time we’re making capital improvements at breweries to reduce the amount of water we use. To encourage and empower our employees to save water, we’ve formed energy- and water-reduction teams at our breweries. Finally, we’re identifying new ways to reuse wastewater in cooling towers and in the irrigation of crops and facility landscaping.

To see all that the maker of Miller and Coors is doing to become more environmentally friendly, go to their Healthy Environments web page.


The steps that these beer companies are taking to improve the environment are commendable. Still, more can always be done. If you’re a frequent drinker of any of the beers from Anheuser Busch or MillerCoors, why don’t you contact them and thank them for what they are doing to help the environment and let them know that you would appreciate if they found additional ways to make their businesses eco-friendly. 

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Beer co's work on their eco-friendliness
Just what steps are the mainstream beer companies taking to make their operations more environmentally friendly?