January 17th

Soph got a daily calendar from her pa that is all about green and eco-friendly tips. The one for this weekend said to drink local beer, so that’s exactly what I did. One Black Oak Pale Ale later, I felt pretty righteous in knowing that I had just saved the world. That’s how that works, right?

But seriously, while the calendar did have a point about the fact that the finished beer took a shorter route to my fridge than the Gouden Carolus the night before, it isn’t something I would consider a “local” product. For beer, you also have to consider where the barley and hops are grown, not to mention where that barley is malted. Yes, Canada is a great barley producer, but that doesn’t mean it is ending up in your glass – Vienna and Munich malts get their name for a reason.

This isn’t an attack on our brewers for the ingredients they use; as far as I know, there is no 100 mile beer. Some are trying to do their part to lessen their environmental footprint, as this Ecoholic column points out. Just be careful how you define local when talking about beer.

On that not-so-pleasant note, the Black Oak was damn tasty. Why drink a crappy, imported lager when you can drink this? That’s an honest question.

Today: 341mL. Year-to-date: 49.39L.

If you want to be a more eco-conscious beer drinker, I recommend checking out Brewers CRAP (Craftbrewers Recycled Art Project). The leftover malt bags, cardboard and hoses come from the F&M Brewery in Guelph and transformed into various totes, bookmarks and pencil holders. Pretty cool stuff – I certainly wouldn’t mind getting some of this as a present (*hint hint*).

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