Brewery Vivant – Grand Rapids, Michigan
When it comes to sustainability, Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Brewery Vivant sets goals and follows through with them. Currently, 90 percent of the brewery’s purchases are made within 250 miles of its location, 75 percent of which are made from a Michigan business; 50 percent of its food inputs and 25 percent of its beer inputs are within 250 miles of its location; approximately 20 percent of energy onsite is renewable energy; and 10 percent of food served is grown at the Vivant farm. A few weeks ago, the brewery installed 192 solar panels on its rooftop, making it the largest solar-producing brewery in Michigan. As an avid composter and recycler, the brewery composted more than 12,500 cubic feet and saved over 18,000 cans by refilling reusable growlers in 2015.