IPA Oskar Blues Craft Beer

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An Aluminium can of IPA sold ar Hops and Crafts Mc Coys Arcade Exeter

Where and how is it used?

it is drunk at everyones personal discretion

What did you or someone else pay for it?


Why do you want to add it to the museum?

becasue it is delicious
In relation to trade this Particular beer is made with Australian Hops, Brewed in Colorado USA and sold here in the UK

How was it made?

Is made in a factory

Is farmed

Is mass-produced

Is produced by local cottage industry

Is made to particular specifications

Is craft / hand-made

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Is found

Is colonised

Is a service

Materials & Making

Who made or produced your commodity?

Oskar Blues Brewery

Who was paid to make it?

Brewery staff

What skills does it take to make it?


Where was it made?

Colorado USA

What does it cost to make it?

Not answered yet

What is it made from?

1. Enigma, Vic Secret, Ella, Topaz and Galaxy hops:

Buying & Owning

Who decides how much it costs?

Oskar Blues Brewery

Who or what assesses its quality?

he or she whom drinks it perhaps?

Where is it sold?

craft beer shops

Who or what sells it?

craft beer merchants

How did this thing arrive from where it was made to where you got it?

on a boat

Where is it used?

at a party, relaxing at home, in the garden

Where is it kept?

in the fridge

How and by whom is it cared for?

he or she who buys it

How long will it last?

as long as it takes to drink it once opened

Where will it go when it's finished with?

the beer is drunk the can will go to recycling hopefully

What is it worth?

Not answered yet

How do you and others value this commodity?

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Controversy50.166666666667 (0 = most controversial)

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Questions and answers

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Question: this beer is made from Australian Hops, brewed in America and sold in the uk. What is the carbon footprint for this beer and the taste worth such an impact?


Hello my name is Lizzie, I’m your commodity consultant for today,

This is a really excellent question and it has been really interesting to research, here is what I have found...

I found out that, generally, the rough carbon footprints for a pint of beer are...
- 300g CO2e: locally brewed cask ale at the pub
- 500g CO2e: local bottled beer from a shop or foreign beer in a pub
- 900g CO2e: bottled beer from the shop, extensively transported

So for your IPA Oskar Blues Craft Beer we are looking towards the 900g CO2e side of the scale, the good news is beer is unlikely to dominate your carbon footprint, but depending how much it of it you drink it can make a significant contribution.

I have also found that for a microbrewery called the Keswick Brewing Company the carbon footprint for a pint of their beer can be broken down as follows...
Ingredients: 36%
Electricity: 26%
Equipment: 13%
Travel and commuting: 10%
Freight: 7%
Fermentation: 5%
Packaging: 3%

you can read more here -http://www.theguardian.com/environment/green-living-blog/2010/jun/04/carbon-footprint-beer

If you would like to find out more about your general carbon footprint here is a website to a carbon footprint calculator -http://footprint.wwf.org.uk/questionnaires/show/1/1/1

This article certainly thinks Oskar Blues Brewery is good for the planet -The brewery's CAN'd Aid Foundation has raised over $1.2 million for various environmental projects and nonprofits, and the new REEB Ranch bike retreat in Brevard, North Carolina is all about reconnecting with the great outdoors; guests can enjoy some of the best singletrack in the country in Pisgah National Forest, then have a beer down the road at Oskar Blues' East Coast brewery. What do you think, does this balance the carbon footprint of a pint of beer? (see this article for more detail http://www.mensjournal.com/expert-advice/beer-thats-good-for-the-planet-20150924/oskar-blues-brewery)

Here is another example of how Oskar Blues Brewery is trying to offset their carbon footprint - by donating drinking water (http://denver.cbslocal.com/2016/01/19/oskar-blues-donates-drinking-water-to-flint-mich-residents/)
Also because IPA Oskar Blues beer is a canned bear rather than glass it has around 30% less of a carbon footprint (http://www.examiner.com/article/oskar-blues-great-beer-cool-cans). This website suggests canning beer reduces our carbon footprint even more, at 35% (http://www.beerinfo.com/index.php/pages/craftbeerinacan.html)

With regards to whether the taste is worth such an impact, one beer that is thoroughly enjoyed is perhaps better then six or so, more local, less enjoyed beers. If you are worried about your carbon footprint and want to do something about it you could perhaps swap and try beer from a local microbrewery?

Or try home brewing? A home batch would have around 713 g of CO2 per batch which is about the same amount of CO2 produced by burning 0.087 gallons of gas. (http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=419763)

Also, if you take the carbon footprint quiz (see above) you could find other areas to target in your life to improve your carbon footprint?

Please remember we are all sinners and on a more uplifting, hopeful note please see this video on edible, biodegradable six pack rings, which instead of killing the oceans animals, feeds them! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YG9gUJMGyw

Thank you for your excellent question,


by MoCCconsultantLizzie on May 21st at 11:41am

Question: how much fuel per can does it take to transport this beer?



My name is Alice and I’m your commodity consultant for today.

It is approximately 3,761 miles from the brewery in North Carolina to Exeter, so the amount of fuel used for a can of beer from America will depend on the type of transportation used and the speed at which it got here.

“Fuel Consumption by Containership Size and Speed

Fuel consumption by a containership is mostly a function of ship size and cruising speed, which follows an exponential function above 14 knots. For instance, while a containership of around 8,000 TEU would consume about 225 tons of bunker fuel per day at 24 knots, at 21 knots this consumption drops to about 150 tons per day, a 33% decline. While shipping lines would prefer consuming the least amount of fuel by adopting lower speeds, this advantage must be mitigated with longer shipping times as well as assigning more ships on a pendulum service to maintain the same port call frequency. The main ship speed classes are:

• Normal (20-25 knots; 37.0 - 46.3 km/hr). Represents the optimal cruising speed a containership and its engine have been designed to travel at. It also reflects the hydrodynamic limits of the hull to perform within acceptable fuel consumption levels. Most containerships are designed to travel at speeds around 24 knots.
• Slow steaming (18-20 knots; 33.3 - 37.0 km/hr). Running ship engines below capacity to save fuel consumption, but at the expense a additional travel time, particularly over long distances (compounding effect). This is likely to become the dominant operational speed as more than 50% of the global container shipping capacity was operating under such conditions as of 2011.
• Extra slow steaming (15-18 knots; 27.8 - 33.3 km/hr). Also known as super slow steaming or economical speed. A substantial decline in speed for the purpose of achieving a minimal level of fuel consumption while still maintaining a commercial service. Can be applied on specific short distance routes.
• Minimal cost (12-15 knots; 22.2 - 27.8 km/hr). The lowest speed technically possible, since lower speeds do not lead to any significant additional fuel economy. The level of service is however commercially unacceptable, so it is unlikely that maritime shipping companies would adopt such speeds.

The practice of slow steaming emerged during the financial crisis of 2008-2009 as international trade and the demand for containerized shipping plummeted at the same time as new capacity ordered during boom years was coming online. As a response, maritime shipping companies adopted slow steaming and even extra slow steaming services on several of their pendulum routes. It enabled them to accommodate additional ships with a similar frequency of port calls. It was expected that as growth resumed and traffic picked up maritime shipping companies would return to normal cruising speeds. However, in an environment of higher fossil fuel prices, maritime shipping companies are opting for slow steaming for cost cutting purposes, but using the environmental agenda to further justify them. Slow steaming practices have become the new normal to which users must adapt to.

Slow steaming also involves adapting engines that were designed for a specific optimal speed of around 22-25 knots, implying that for that speed they run at around 80% of full power capacity. Adopting slow steaming requires the "de-rating" of the main engine to the new speed and new power level (around 70%), which involves the timing of fuel injection, adjusting exhaust valves, and exchanging other mechanical components in the engine. The ongoing practice of slow steaming is likely to have an impact on supply chain management, maritime routes and the use of transshipment hubs. For instance, slow steaming has different impacts depending on the type of trade involved. Low value goods in containers such as waste products (a dominant American export) is less impacted than the retail trade, which is more time sensitive.”

Source: The Geography of Transport Systems

“There are more than 100,000 ships at sea carrying all the solids, liquids and gases that we need to live. Only 6,000 are container vessels like Kendal, but they make up for this small proportion by their dizzying capacity. The biggest container ship can carry 15,000 boxes. It can hold 746 million bananas, one for every European, on one ship. If the containers of the Danish company Maersk were lined up, they would stretch 11,000 miles, more than halfway round the planet. If they were stacked instead, they would be 1,500 miles high, 7,530 Eiffel Towers. If Kendal discharged her containers on to trucks, the line of traffic would be 60 miles long.”

Source: Container shipping: the secretive industry crucial to our existence

by MoCCconsultant on May 21st at 4:02pm

Question: would it have more of less of an environmental impact if it was in a glass bottle?


Hello my name is Lizzie and I’m your commodity consultant for today.

Thank you for your question, I have been doing some research and this is what I have found...

With regards to carbon footprint canned beer appears to have less of an environmental impact than glass,
This source suggests because IPA Oskar Blues beer is canned it has 30% less of a carbon footprint than a glass bottle (http://www.examiner.com/article/oskar-blues-great-beer-cool-cans). Whereas, this source suggests the reduction is even higher at 35% (http://www.beerinfo.com/index.php/pages/craftbeerinacan.html).

However, as always things are a bit more messy than this!

If your favourite beer is made in a land far, far away, like IPA Oskar Blues, it is perhaps best to choose cans. However, locally made beer in a glass bottle is better for the environment according to this source (http://www.davidsuzuki.org/what-you-can-do/queen-of-green/faqs/recycling/whats-better-for-the-environmentbeer-in-cans-or-bottles/)

Also it depends on whether you recycle your bottle/can after use, currently 97% of glass is recycled in Canada but only 80% of cans (http://www.davidsuzuki.org/what-you-can-do/queen-of-green/faqs/recycling/whats-better-for-the-environmentbeer-in-cans-or-bottles/)

Also, cans are lighter and that means transportation emissions are lower. Most cans contain about 40 per cent recycled aluminum, which is also good news. Recycled aluminum requires 95 per cent less energy and produces 95 per cent less greenhouse gas emissions than manufacturing new aluminium. (http://www.davidsuzuki.org/what-you-can-do/queen-of-green/faqs/recycling/whats-better-for-the-environmentbeer-in-cans-or-bottles/)

A point that supports glass is that canned beverages—beer, pop, infant formula, etc.—leach bisphenol-A (BPA) from their protective metal linings. BPA is a human-made chemical linked to breast and prostate cancer, and many more health concerns. (http://www.davidsuzuki.org/what-you-can-do/queen-of-green/faqs/recycling/whats-better-for-the-environmentbeer-in-cans-or-bottles/)

Here are some more links to further information about BPA if you are interested ....
Huang, Y.Q., Wong, C.K.C., Zheng, J.S., Bouwman, H., Barra, R., Wahlstrom, B., Neretin, L. and Wong, M.H. (2012) Bisphenol A (BPA) in China: A review of sources, environmental levels, and potential health impacts, Environment International, 42: 91-99

Li, D., Zhou, Z., Qing, D., He, Y., Wu, T., and Miao M. (2010) Occupational exposure to bisphenol-A (BPA) and the risks of self-reported male sexual dysfunction, Human Reproduction, 25(2): 519-527

Also it depends on the environmental ethics and commitments of the company of beer you buy from (that is if you support/believe in the idea of offsetting). Oskar Blues Brewery seems to get some good press for their environmental ethics. The brewery's CAN'd Aid Foundation has raised over $1.2 million for various environmental projects and nonprofits, and the new REEB Ranch bike retreat in Brevard, North Carolina is all about reconnecting with the great outdoors; guests can enjoy some of the best singletrack in the country in Pisgah National Forest, then have a beer down the road at Oskar Blues' East Coast brewery.

Here is another example of how Oskar Blues Brewery is trying to offset their carbon footprint - by donating drinking water (http://denver.cbslocal.com/2016/01/19/oskar-blues-donates-drinking-water-to-flint-mich-residents/)

If you want more information on IPA Oskar Blues and carbon footprints please check out my answer to the question 'this beer is made from Australia Hops, Brewed in America and sold in the UK. What is the carbon footprint of this beer and is the taste worth such an impact?' It goes into more depth on some of the issues discussed!

Thank you for your excellent question,


by MoCCconsultantLizzie on May 21st at 12:27pm


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