At Ocean Beer, sustainability lies at our core and we will work tirelessly to continuously improve. We strive for low water output across our products and logistics capability, including in water usage, energy efficiency, packaging and transport. 

We strive to be a fair and transparent organisation, not only regarding our mission but in our actions with clients, distributors, providers and other partners. We carefully screen and select all those we work with. We want to ensure everyone understands the power we each have as consumers to make a difference through our consumption choices.

Water is central to life on Earth. And yet, the world's water-related ecosystems are being degraded at an alarming rate. One of the central aims of SDG 6 is to "ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all." This involves reducing pollution, the dumping of untreated wastewater, increasing water-use efficiency, and protecting and restoring water-related ecosystems. This SDG resonates with our work from our low-water-use production of beer. TARGET(S): 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 6.6
All of us seek dignity in our work and prosperity in our communities. SDG 8 underlines the need to "promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth" as well as "full and productive employment and decent work for all." As employers, it is crucial to us that we foster a positive workplace and as producers, it is important to us that we invest in our communities and contribute to collective growth and prosperity. Rising tides lift all boats. TARGET(S): 8.2, 8.3, 8.4, 8.5
Ocean Beer's mission is to restore and protect the ocean by creating a crisp and refreshing beer that turns whoever drinks it into an Ocean Warrior. We are trying to provide that "best option" for our customers by minimising negative environmental impact, investing profits towards positive impact, and being transparent all throughout the process. TARGET(S): 12.2, 12.3, 12.4, 12.5, 12.8
SDG 13 implores us to "take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts." 100% of Ocean Beer's profits go to combat the climate crisis, focusing on ocean health. Climate action is the reason we were founded and runs through each and every decision we make. TARGET(S): 13.1, 13.3, 13.b
It is tragic that SDG 14 is the most underfunded of the SDGs. Ocean Beer invests 100% of its profits in high impact organisations with incredible teams of activists and scientists steering them, each tackling the problem from a different angle but all aligned in their goal to restore and protect the ocean and its marine life. TARGET(S): 14.1, 14.2, 14.3, 14.4, 14.5, 14.7, 14.a


While it is true that the basic ingredients for beer are not derived from animals, not every beer is vegan. Whey, lactose and honey are sometimes added as ingredients for flavour, and traditionally, brewers use isinglass (i.e. fish guts) to filter the liquid.

At Ocean Beer, our brews are free of those additives, and our beer is either unfiltered (IPA) or passed through an algae-based mineral filter.

We believe in a circular economy and try to minimise waste at every stage of production, from bud to bottle.

For example, after brewing, we repurpose grain from our IPA by sending it to farms to feed livestock. This avoids contributing to landfills, and provides all-natural grain for local farms.

We adapt our Ocean Beer packaging to each market to ensure a high reused/recycled percentage – recycled bottles in Iberia and reusable ones in Germany.

We haven’t retrofitted a “good cause” into a good beer, instead we made an ethical beer from the get-go.

We look for brewers who are serious about sustainability. Our partner in Spain, for example, is the brewery with the largest installation of solar panels in Spain and has 100% green energy at its sites.

And what we cannot reduce, we are committed to offset. In 2021 we offset our carbon emissions from the production process by investing in a mangrove restoration project in Pakistan.

Many inks contain toxic heavy metals, such as lead, cadmium, and mercury, which can leach into the water supply when improperly disposed of or during the recycling process. These heavy metals are highly toxic to aquatic life and can cause long-term damage to ecosystems. We are careful with inks and colours on our labels.
We strive to eliminate all plastics at Ocean Beer. For example, whenever possible, we use tape-free packaging, and when not, we use non-plastic tape for our packaging with sustainable paper for our labels.

There are many things about Ocean Beer that we are proud of, but perhaps one of the greatest is our journey to becoming a “nomadic beer”. We are taking advantage of the excess production capacity around the globe to keep our footprint small and work to bring Ocean Beer to the world one brewing partner at a time. In this way we reduce the environmental impact of new construction, and reduce the distance we have to transport our beer (as transport is typically one of the largest contributors to the carbon footprint of beer).

Our ambition is to brew locally in every market we enter. To be a “nomadic beer”.

We are thankful to have found excellent brewing partners to support us in this mission. Even with the same recipe and the same ingredients, two different breweries will deliver two different liquids. Not to mention our evolving sustainability and traceability criteria… So we are delighted when we find someone who just gets us. Even though it is hard, we think it is most certainly a valuable exercise and one to which we are 100% committed.


Sustainability Commitments


Reducing emissions.
Even though our responsible production processes kept our emissions far below the average of the beer industry, we want to go beyond just “good enough.” Though we are not required to offset our emissions, we realise the responsibility we have as a company to make a difference through our choices. We are committed to reducing our footprint on the environment and offsetting what we are unable to get to zero.

You cannot improve what you do not measure. We are working again with students in 2022 to select an emissions management platform .

We continue to seek strategies to lower emissions, from nomadic brewing to night-time deliveries.

We worked with a team of grad students to start offsetting through blue carbon credits.


Consuming responsibly.

Beer is one of the most water-intensive industries out there. From cultivating raw materials to producing and washing containers, the average beer takes between 90 and 155 litres of freshwater for every litre of beer. At Ocean Beer we recognise the opportunity to work with our brewing partners to foster curiosity about our impact (positive and negative) and implement strategies to reduce our consumption over time. After all, water unites us all.

We are working on a due diligence strategy to ensure more transparency with our providers.

We can work with brewing partners to increase the reuse and recycling of industrial water in the brewing process.

By working with providers to switch the kind of malt used in our beer we can reduce the water footprint.


Biochemical flows.

Like any beer, we depend on four ingredients: barley, hops, water, yeast. Sounds simple, but there is so much more to it. Since we are not a brewery ourselves but work with brewing partners in each country, we do not have full control over the process. However, we are working on a due diligence strategy to ensure that as we grow, our beers are produced in the most planet-friendly way possible. These are some of our goals to be a planet-positive beer.

We are building on our due diligence strategy to ensure more transparency with our providers.

Moving forward, we can work with partners to source ingredients without the use of chemical fertilisers which can damage the environment.

By sourcing our ingredients from regenerative growers in the future, we would give more to the planet than we take.


Ocean Beer Master Brewer

Fernando Escribano is an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland and holds a PhD in Animal Science from Iowa State University. 

He also holds a PhD in Agricultural Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Madrid, and has 25 years of research experience in the feed industry and academia.

Fernando believes that the ocean is the greatest source of biodiversity. 

As an engineer he has developed a great interest in the ocean, biochemistry and circular economy processes in which he advocates the production of goods and services while reducing the consumption and waste of raw materials, water and energy sources. 

His current challenge is to design a zero carbon beer of which the quality and stability of the drink is maintained without losing craftsmanship in its production. It would be an environmentally sustainable beer committed to caring for the ocean.,

"My goal is to brew a zero carbon beer. A beer from the ocean for the ocean. It is an achievable challenge but I still have a lot to learn to make it happen."

Ocean Beer Logo

Age Verification

You must be of legal drinking age to visit our site.