About This Video
Maybe if John drank more local beer, instead of appealing to his lucky, magical leprechaun, he could get rid of his writer’s block!
What I’m Drinking
I am drinking Peg Leg Imperial Stout by Heavy Seas in Baltimore, Maryland. Also featured in this video is beer from Franklin’s Restaurant, Brewery, and General Store in Hyattsville, Maryland, and Sixteen Mile Brewing Company in Georgetown, Delaware.
Web Sites Mentioned in the Video
More About Local Beer
So how does buying local beer actually help the environment? Well, the simple answer is true for many things, including beer. It primarily has to do with cost of transportation. According to this article from the University of Florida, by consuming locally grown food vs. food that comes from across the country or a different continent, “you can conserve the large amount of energy used in both the packaging and shipping of food.” And yes, in our family beer is a food.
Thus a case of beer that is trucked across the country or rides on a ship from Europe has a larger carbon footprint than one that is produced in your community. At this point, the math can get tricky based on where you live in the United States and the method used to transport the beer (ship, truck, or a combination) but Treehugger breaks it down for those who want more details. Their example is for a single bottle of German beer that travels from Munich to New York, or San Francisco. Your mileage may vary.
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