Sustainable Sips: 30 Certified B Corporations Craft Beverages with Social and Environmental Benefit
September 20, 2021
Beer, Coffee, Wine, and More from B Corps in the U.S. and Canada
Whether it’s a morning caffeine fix, a midday juice boost, or an evening glass of wine, beverages fill a nourishing and necessary role in our days. The U.S. and Canada Certified B Corporations highlighted on this list create drinks to wet our whistles or whet our appetites, often using locally grown or sustainable ingredients that benefit our bodies. Find a few favorites to fill your glass or mug and savor some people- and planet-friendly sips.
Beau’s All Natural Brewery
Since 2006, Beau’s Brewing Co. has been brewing interesting, tasty beers like our Lug Tread Lagered Ale using the best ingredients and local spring water. As Canada’s first B Corp brewery, Beau’s has taken action by writing its lifelong commitment to people and planet into its incorporation papers, to ensure these values stay at the core of the business for years to come. Its Local Organic is the only Canadian beer that is both Certified Organic and Certified Carbon Neutral. Additionally, it’s made with 100% local Ontario hops and 100% local Quebec malts, and brewed with green electricity.
Hopworks Urban Brewery
With locally sourced, organic, and Salmon-Safe hops, Hopworks Urban Brewery produces 10,000 barrels of beer per year for its two brewpubs, airport brewpub, and for distribution in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Its pubs are sustainably built and operated buildings that incorporate composting and salvaged materials. As a family-owned and -operated B Corp, it serves its communities through donations, profit sharing, and volunteering with local nonprofits.
A commitment to its Milwaukee community has been a recipe for success for more than 30 years at Lakefront Brewery, which offers a “bikes and buses” discount for a customer’s first beer or brewery tour if they arrive by those more sustainable modes of transportation. Known for its tasty beers and cheese curds, Lakefront Brewery looks to protect its planet’s future by tapping solar panels as an energy source and reusing or recycling its packing materials.
North Coast Brewing Co.
With a mission to make the world a better place one pint at a time, North Coast Brewing is a leader in philanthropy and sustainability and award winner for more than 100 of its brews. The coastal California B Corp brewery is TRUE Platinum Zero Waste Certified, offers 14 Non-GMO Project Verified beers, and spearheads an innovative carbon-farming project to reverse its carbon footprint and advance the science of carbon sequestration in agriculture.
Persephone Brewing Co.
The “farmhouse” approach at Persephone Brewing Co. integrates onsite farming in support of local food security, regenerative agriculture, and amazing beer (i.e. “farm to table and farm to barrel”). The B Corp operates an 11-acre farm and craft microbrewery on British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast, integrating onsite farming of hops and honey while sourcing locally grown and malted barley. Its brewery and farm are in-part owned by the Sunshine Coast Association for Community Living, a nonprofit organization providing services for people with developmental disabilities, a number of whom work at the farm.
Triple Bottom Brewing
As a mission-driven craft brewery in Philadelphia, Triple Bottom Brewing strives to be a positive community partner that advances equity and justice uplifts those who are doing that work in much bigger ways. Its brewery is powered by renewable energy. Triple Bottom also operates as a fair chance brewery — actively seeking to hire people who may otherwise be excluded from the mainstream economy, including people who have experienced homelessness or incarceration.
This Santa Rosa Beach, Florida-based B Corp is shaping its operations to provide dignifying wages to farmers, generate net-zero impact on our environment, and pave a way for local communities to thrive. As a member of Cooperative Coffees, an impact-driven sourcing group, Amavida Coffee explores new ways of partnering with farmers that produce higher quality flavors and generate economic stability for communities in developing nations.
BLK & Bold
Founded with a desire to make purpose popular, BLK & Bold pledges 5% of its coffee and tea profits to initiatives aligned to sustaining youth programming, enhancing workforce development, and eradicating youth homelessness. The For Our Youth program partners with nonprofits across the United States to amplify mentorship. The Des Moines, Iowa-based B Corp also creates a local impact with jobs that pay above a living wage.
As a Women-Owned, Green-Certified coffee roaster based in Marin, California, Equator Coffees’ commitment to a sustainable, transparent approach spans more than two decades. The B Corp was the first Bay Area roaster to sign onto the Fair Trade Certified program and in collaboration with Boot Coffee owns and operates a coffee farm in Panama. In 2016, Equator became the first certified LGBTQ-owned business honored as National Small Business of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Grounds for Change
This family-owned and -operated B Corp on the Kitsap Peninsula west of downtown Seattle produces organic coffee that is Fair for Life Fair Trade certified and Carbon-Free Certified by CarbonFund.org. Through its business, Grounds for Change creates the possibility of a real livelihood for coffee growers, a breath of fresh air for the planet, zero net carbon emissions from “crop to cup,” and healthy forests for migratory songbirds. It partners with positive-impact organizations, including Rainforest Trust, Seattle Audubon Society, and Save Our Wild Salmon.
Just Coffee Cooperative
Founded through a partnership with small-scale coffee farmers in Mexico, Just Coffee Cooperative is a worker-owned coffee roaster dedicated to creating and expanding a model of trade based on transparency, human dignity, and environmental sustainability. The B Corp now has long-standing relationships with 25 grower co-ops in 14 countries and partners with On The Ground to raise awareness and funds to support communities around the world. The Madison, Wisconsin-based B Corp supports agroecological and organic practices, carbon neutrality, worker health, and low-impact business practices.
Nossa Familia’s purpose is to deliver exceptional farm-direct coffee and create positive relationships locally and globally among farmers, employees, and customers. By working with responsible importers, the Portland, Oregon-based B Corp strives for a transparent supply chain. Nossa Familia follows practices that allow it to grow responsibly while maximizing its contribution to the communities where it operates and minimizing negative impact on the Earth.
One Village Coffee
As a founding B Corp and specialty coffee roaster, One Village Coffee has connected roasters, growers, and coffee drinkers since 2007. Based in Souderton, Pennsylvania, One Village Coffee merged in 2018 with Shared-X, an agricultural company that operates strategic hub farms that share farming technology and practices with smallholder farmers to encourage a culture of innovation to deepen its supply chain connections.
Reunion Coffee Roasters
Founded in 1995 by the past Chairman of the Coffee Association of Canada, Reunion Coffee Roasters has more than three decades of experience in sourcing, blending, and roasting coffee for the high-end food service market. The family-owned Ontario B Corp operates one of Canada’s largest renewable energy-powered roasting facilities and partners with producers and farmers who share a commitment to sustainability.
Stumptown Coffee Roasters
Stumptown Coffee Roasters is a roaster, wholesaler, and retailer of specialty coffee, founded and headquartered in Portland, Oregon. Through its direct trade model, the B Corp pays higher prices tied to quality and builds strong relationships with producers to ensure a transparent and collaborative supply chain.
The Board Playbook
To help business leaders navigate the journey to adopt benefit corporation status as a requirement of B Corp Certification, B Lab U.S. & Canada released this downloadable resource, the Board Playbook, to lay out the process and demystify the risks
A to Z Wineworks
Through its intent to build a business that combines commerce with conscience, A to Z Wineworks pays its workers more than local living wage, partners with community organizations, and incorporates wind power and carbon-neutral shipping practices. With management that is 50% women and a third of its workforce made up of underrepresented populations, the B Corp advances a more inclusive economy.
As a women-led business, Bainbridge Vineyards adopted a cooperative ownership model in 2013 that includes several farms on Bainbridge Island in Washington state. Its certified organic estate vineyards are a Certified Wildlife Sanctuary, and the B Corp’s “whole systems” approach includes field work powered by humans as well as draft horses.
Pioneers in sustainability, Fetzer Vineyards continues to craft wines that make a difference. They strive for the perfect relationship between land, climate and grape, with a focus on sustainability practices that include use of renewable energy at its California facility and offsets of greenhouse gas emissions across its operations. Through efficient operations, Fetzer Vineyards became the first Zero Waste Certified winery in the world.
Sokol Blosser Winery
Over five decades, Sokol Blosser Winery has been a part of Oregon’s now-vibrant wine community. The family-owned and operated B Corp produces wines on 106 certified organic acres that include a solar panel array and a LEED-certified barrel cellar. To ensure its long-term viability and success, Sokol Blosser Winery also prioritizes its workers and the surrounding community.
As a B Corp since 2015, Winderlea Vineyard applies a stakeholder lens when making business decisions to ensure fair treatment of staff, reduce its carbon footprint, protect its growers, and work toward greater diversity. Based in Dundee, Oregon, Winderlea Vineyard handcrafts small lots of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay that show the best characteristics of the land. To reduce its carbon footprint, the vineyard recently installed a solar array.
Using natural, non-GMO ingredients sourced when possible from local growers, Apologue Liqueurs makes colorful and spirited liqueurs in flavors like Aronia Berry, Persimmon, and Celery Root. The B Corp supports community organizations through donations of time and money, and looks for continued growth by expanding its distribution area.
This family-owned business founded with a commitment to good citizenship, accountability and transparency, sustainability, and community is a pioneer in the specialty tea category. Producing 2 billion tea bags annually, the Bigelow Tea line includes more than 150 varieties of flavored, traditional, green, organic, herbal, decaffeinated and wellness teas, including its flagship specialty tea flavor, Constant Comment.
By sourcing through a network of small family farms in Central America with an ancestral heritage and connection to Cacao, Cru Chocolate helps create prosperity for its partners as well as delicious beverages. The B Corp’s mission includes a focus on assisting cacao growers in creating and growing their own business by providing education and facilitating small-scale equipment for chocolate making.
With a mission to make healthy and sustainable the new normal, Greenhouse Juice offers plant-based organic juice made with produce from local farms. Leftover fiber is used to make dog biscuits, sustainable pizza crusts, and more. The cold-pressed juices are bottled in reusable glass.
Guayakí Yerba Mate
Regeneration of the Earth is the core of Guayakí Yerba Mate’s business, which incorporated imported organic yerba mate from South America into a range of ready-to-drink beverages. By practicing conscious leadership, partnering with values, taking responsibility for its footprint, and celebrating communities and cultures, the founding B Corp pursues constant improvement in social and environmental impact.
Montanya Distillers incorporates a love for planet and community as a woman-owned craft distillery using non-GMO American sugarcane and Colorado mountain spring water. The B Corp uses wind to power its facility and offsets its carbon footprint, and supports community through philanthropic and entrepreneurial efforts.
By combining nutrition with high-quality, functional ingredients, NOOMA makes sports drinks that are Certified Organic, non-GMO, and gluten-free. to go beyond making drinks and build a company that makes an impact on society. The B Corp aims for positive impact through its Sweat + Do Good division, work with fitness communities across the country, and a team full of people who share our core value of wellness for all.
Through innovative packaging and sourcing from Fair Trade gardens, Numi Tea blends premium organic teas and herbs and empowers communities around the globe. Its Numi Foundation provides funding for programs including food relief, education, and clean drinking water. Fair Trade premiums earned on tea gardens have helped procure or develop new roads, cooking stoves, mosquito nets, and onsite medical staff and life insurance for farming families.
This dairy-free company sees the potential for small actions to create big change. Made with patented clean protein from peas, Ripple’s dairy alternative products have a reduced environmental footprint — requiring less water and land than others in the market — and are GMO-free.
By viewing tea as an opportunity for positive impact, Stash Tea partners with farmers and suppliers for quality ingredients with people and planet in mind. Through continued pursuit of green packaging, ethical sourcing, employee well-being, and community involvement, the B Corp is committed to leading with purpose and leaving the world better for future generations.
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