Good "Green" Drinks

TreeHugger thinks that green coffee [] is a great way to start your day, but after a long day of hugging trees and spreading the good word about green goodness, we’re usually ready for something a little stronger. Thankfully, there are an increasing number of options, offering increasing quality, for us to pick from when it comes to winding down and chilling out.

As more and more breweries and wineries have started to embrace green practices, a few have begun to stand out when it comes to the quality of their libations and the thoroughness of their practices. New Belgium Brewery [] has done enough when it comes to using wind power and cutting way back on waste, to be featured at TreeHugger again []. Going green at the brewery has become so common that even the big boys are joining the game: Coors [] has begun converting their brewing waste into fuel-grade ethanol for distribution on Colorado’s Front Range. We’ve seen an array of wineries, like Canada’s Strauss [], join the green building game with the industry’s first LEED-certified building; when it comes to alternative energy, California vintners are going solar [] to use some of the rays that help grow the grapes to help process them, too.

Organic wine can be kind of a contentious subject, surprisingly enough. The difficulty comes from the fact that using sulfites, a common preservative agent in wines, disqualifies them from “organic” consideration (wines have different rules from food for being certified organic), and not all sulfite-free wines are created equal []. To help cut through those that aren’t as good, there are a few places that TreeHugger can recommend, including The Organic Wine Company [], that won’t leave you hanging when it comes to organic satisfaction. This TreeHugger has had some excellent luck with finding quality organic wine; if you know of some that are good for you, don’t hesitate to let us know. Let’s get talking about these things, using the “Discussions” forums, over there on the right side of the page. Spend your two cents, and, together, we can create a more complete, well-rounded set of ideas.