Drink Local

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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

Craft Beer

The Beer Mapping Project

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. 

Lori Hill

Lori Hill

Lori Hill is a plant eater, trash picker upper, climate activist, wife, and mom to 2 human boys, 2 cat boys, and 1 dog boy. On a mission to do all she can to take better care of the planet, Lori created Sister Eden Media, a green lifestyle company, to inspire others to give a damn and live more gently on Earth. She shares tips on her YouTube channel, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and also frequently appears on television.
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  1. We love to support our local brews here in Salt Lake City Utah! One of my favorites is Epic Brewery. Thanks for the festive video! Cheers to you!

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      Thanks for sharing, Annie! Epic looks, well, EPIC! I’ll have to check it out the next time I’m in Salt Lake City!

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  3. I love DC Brau’s Citizen Belgian Ale and Denizen’s Brewery (in Silver Spring), South Side Rye IPA, although Denizen’s brews only available in Growlers thus far!

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