Instead of adding green food coloring to its tasty brew, Brooklyn Brewery is greening its selection of ales year-round by using 100% wind power at its brewery in Brooklyn, N.Y.

The company pays a premium rate, to utility Con Edison to ensure that the 285 MWh it takes off the grid every year is replaced by power produced at Community Energy's wind farm in Madison County, N.Y. Brooklyn Brewery's power rates are 10-13% higher than other customers but the 2003 blackout that plagued the Northeast convinced company founder Steve Hindy to make the brewery's headquarters the city's first completely wind-powered building.

Community Energy estimates that the brewery stops 335,000 pounds of carbon dioxide, 1,500 pounds of sulfur dioxide and 500 pounds of nitrogen oxide from being emitted into the air when it uses wind energy to churn out its 1,658,000 gallons of brew. That's equivalent to the amount absorbed by 22,000 trees... Or several million four-leaf clovers.

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