Competition highlights from 2018

In the 2018 inaugural year of our Brews from the Sun competition, over 9,200 people voted to choose the America’s best solar brewery from among 41 competitors.

With 2,089 votes, Mudshark Brewery of Arizona was our winner. Runners up were Legal Remedy Brewing of South Carolina (1,764 votes) and Flathead Lake Brewing Company of Montana (771 votes).

Winner: Mudshark Brewery of Arizona

Mudshark’s owners, Scott and Tina Stocking, have made sustainability central to their business model, starting with solar energy. They started with a PV system that they estimate will save the brewery $700/month on their electric bill, and plan to follow up with a solar hot water system and possibly an on-site greenhouse. 

Being a part of the Brews from the Sun competition has been a lot of fun! It has given our entire company, from our sales team, servers, bartenders, management and brewers the opportunity to engage with our customers on our sustainability efforts. We have been able to spread the word and encourage others to join us in going solar!

Solar energy is one of Arizona’s most prevalent natural resources, and Mudshark utilizes the power of the sun to help brew delicious hand crafted beers. Most of the daily brewing operations are powered directly from solar energy. Along with solar, Mudshark has taken other steps towards becoming a green brewery by donating spent grain to local farmers, switching from propane to natural gas, and instituting a water conservation plan which will take action in the upcoming year.

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1st Runner Up: Legal Remedy Brewing Company of South Carolina

We started this brewery with the goal to be as green as possible. We reduce waste any way we can, from outsourcing spent grain to local farms to using compostable materials in our restaurant. Collecting solar energy is just one more way we try to reduce our impact on the environment. The tax incentives and free electricity are an added bonus.

Our beer production costs are significantly reduced by the use of solar power and our solar arrays are aesthetically designed to provide partial shade to our beer garden, voted one of the best local places to enjoy a beer outside! Many of our patrons don’t even notice they are sitting under the very source of power that made their beer.

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2nd Runner Up: Flathead Lake Brewing Company

Great beer calls for quality ingredients and quality ingredients require a healthy environment. So it should follow that sustainable brewing makes better beer, right? Well, we’re putting that theory to test and we think it’s working. The sun is not just for fun; and our solar collectors on our roof soak up rays and heat our water while producing quality ales. Being sustainable is not a choice for us at FLBC. We believe it is our responsibility.

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Full voting results from 2018

Brewery name State Votes
Mudshark Brewery Arizona 2089
Legal Remedy Brewing Company South Carolina 1764
Flathead Lake Brewing Company Montana 771
Maui Brewing Company Hawaii 511
Highland Brewing Company North Carolina 351
Right Proper Brewing Company Washington DC 250
Birdsong Brewing Co. North Carolina 249
Two Goats Brewing New York 215
River Horse Brewing Company New Jersey 205
Jackie O’s Brewery Ohio 193
Stone Brewing California 187
Throwback Brewery New Hampshire 179
Wise Man Brewing North Carolina 178
Swamp Head Brewery Florida 156
Shaidzon Beer Company Rhode Island 151
Flying Goose Brew Pub & Grille New Hampshire 129
Red Lodge Ales Brewing Company Montana 110
Maine Beer Company Maine 92
HooDoo Brewing Company Alaska 92
Texas Beer Company Texas 92
Ale Asylum Wisconsin 92
Offshore Ale Co. Massachusetts 72
Worthy Brewing Oregon 70
Abita Brewing Company Louisiana 69
Brewery Vivant Michigan 63
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company Missouri 61
Central Waters Brewing Company Wisconsin 60
Rising Silo Brewery Virginia 49
Hale’s Ales Washington 46
Indeed Brewing Company Minnesota 42
Atlas Brew Works Washington DC 37
Innovation Brewing Company North Carolina 36
Moonraker Brewing California 27
Bear Republic Brewing Company California 26
Devil’s Kettle Brewing Company Ohio 24
Discretion Brewing California 21
Northampton Brewery Massachusetts 17
Odell Brewing Colorado 13
Bitter Root Brewing Montana 3
Big Thorn Farm & Brewery Illinois 3
North Fork Brewery Washington 2