IPA Oskar Blues Craft Beer

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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
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