One of the great aspects of the craft beer scene here in San Diego is that by supporting your local breweries, not only are you helping to stimulate the local economy but you are also playing your part in saving the Planet. Hold on- did you hear that? Drinking craft beer at your local brewery can help save the world. I’ll explain more…
One of the most overlooked factors in centralized, mass-produced beers is the environmental cost of shipping. If all of your beer is produced in a factory in Colorado, for example, then it must be packed onto a truck and then driven to all corners of the country. Consider the amount of fossil fuels burned in this process. A craft brewery in San Diego where you drink your beer on the same grounds where it was brewed cuts out that environmental cost completely! And with more restaurants and bars supporting local brewers every day, the shipping distance and therefore the environmental costs are minimized.
Another factor that comes into play when we consider the vast amount of breweries dispersed around the county. Driving on any of the freeways here gives us a rude awakening of how many cars are on the road on a daily basis. By having more taprooms available around the county, it reduces the distances we beer drinkers have to drive to find high-quality brews! It’s a win-win situation for consumers and also Mother Nature!
One final thing to consider is the waste from packaging like cans, bombers, and cases. Wouldn’t it be awesome if there was a beer vessel that was reusable and fashionable? I think you know where I’m going here… the growler is the perfect container. Not only is it environmentally friendly, but it’s also great for sharing with a friend.
In summary, protecting the environment can be a lot easier than you think. You don’t have to start compost in your backyard, buy a hybrid car, or wear clothing exclusively made from hemp. You can start by visiting your local brewery for a growler fill of the house IPA!