No, I’m not a month late for St. Patrick’s Day.
I’m talking about sustainable, earth-friendly choices you can make about your favorite beverage. Leading up to Earth Day, on April 22, I’ll be talking about environmentally conscious ways to enjoy beer.
We’ve been seeing a lot in the news about climate change, and carbon footprints. And we’ve known for a long time that climate change will impact beer- by threatening hops’ growing conditions and malting barley crops.
What’s an earth-conscious beer lover to do? Fortunately, New York is home to many top-notch breweries, so delicious craft beer doesn’t have to travel far, or burn much fossil fuel, to get to you. And, if you’re planning a brewery visit, you can use public transportation to get to some of these breweries.
Public Transit Accessible Breweries
Defiant Brewery, in Pearl River, NY. Accessible by NJ Transit, Defiant is a great place to taste beer, eat barbecue, and pick up a growler to go.
Brooklyn Brewery’s relaxed atmosphere and proximity to the L Train in Williamsburg, makes it a great, weekend hangout for beer-loving locovores. The beer’s nice and cheap, and it can be a great chance to sample some of the harder-to-find special seasonals. (Carbon-savvy beer drinkers don’t love the beer in plastic cups, though!)
You can get to Captain Lawrence Brewery in Pleasantville, New York, on a Metro-North train, for a tasting and tour on a Friday or a Saturday.
A working brewery as well as a tasty casual restaurant, Heartland Brewery has multiple locations throughout Manhattan.
A trip on the Hampton Jitney bus will get you within walking distance of Greenport Harbor Brewing Company, on Long Island’s North Fork. If you make a trip this summer, you’ll also find a wonderful array of farmstand produce nearby to pair with your delicious, honey-infused Summer Ale.
Carpool-friendly Local Breweries.
These spots require a bit of a road trip, but pile enough people (including a designated driver) into your car, and you have a nice, environmentally conscious carpool scenario.
Blue Point Brewery Located in Patchogue, Long Island, the Blue Point Brewery has a busy tasting room, It’s a great place to hang out and sip beer, or fill a growler before you head home.
Ithaca Beer Company is a bit of a longer drive, so plan a nice long weekend, and maybe check out some local wineries while you’re traveling.
These are just a few ways to find great local beer, and keep your carbon impact low. Pair your beer with tasty, locally sourced food, and you’ve got a delicious, earth-friendly dinner.
Got a favorite nearby brewery that didn’t make this list? Drop me a line!