Think of wearing the “Green” on St Patrick’s Day or any day that is cause for celebration? How about just for kicking back watching March madness or your favorite football game? Watch this Grist Video by Umbra, who provides you with tips on how to drink more responsibility to take care of our Earth. Then, head on down to the end of the article to see which organic brewskies Grist has recommended based on blind-folded taste tests:
Umbra provides the following tips on how to lessen your carbon footprint while engaging in some fun:
- Drink organic. Supposedly you’ll have less of a hangover. ( I actually drank Square One organic vodka at my son’s bar mitzvah. I am not usually a drinker and did not get a hangover. Was it the vodka?)
- Opt for Cork bottle tops rather than plastic or aluminum screw tops. Cork has less impact on the Planet.
- Use bottles rather than cans for drinking. Better yet use a keg (you remember those…) for large parties since they can be returned and refilled again.
- Don’t drive and drink. No. I don’t have this backwards. Ride your bike or walk to pick up your brew. (Don’t drink then drive goes without saying…)
- Consider Home brewing!
- Want to be a better Earth conscious lime beer drinker? Watch Umbra’s video on recycling bottles with lime wedges.
- Want to learn about eco-friendly jello shots? (Yes, I know you do.) Watch Umbra’s video on this subject.
Let’s say your choice alcohol is beer and you want to follow Umbra’s advice. Instead of buying every organic beer you see to try, Grist actually did the work for you. They tested and compared seven organic beers with a panel of three blind-folded individuals. Here are the top three:
- First place: Cru D’Or Belgian Style Ale
North Coast Brewing Co., Fort Bragg, Calif.
Price: $2.79/12 oz.
Eco-claim: Certified organic by Oregon Tilth
- Second Place: Wildfire Extra Pale Ale
Uinta Brewing Co., Salt Lake City, Utah
Price: $1.90/12 oz.
Eco-claim: Wildfire is USDA-certified; brewery is 100 percent wind-powered
- Tied for Third Place: Eel River Raven’s Eye Imperial Stout
Eel River Brewing, Scotia, Calif.
Price: $7.99/1 pint 6 oz.
Eco-claim: America’s first certified organic brewery (first organic beer: 1999) and
- Joseph Spelt Ale
Brewery Silenrieux, Silenrieux, Belgium
Price: $8.39/1 pt, 9.4 oz.
Eco-claim: Certified organic by EcoCert
To read more about the panels’ likes and dislikes, I would encourage you to read the article. Everyone has their own opinon about which beer taste they love, so you might rank the top three differently or opt for a beer that did not make the top three. Which organic beer or liquor do you like?
Happy St Patrick’s day and wear the green (literally!) Please Drink Responsibly.