But ociffer, I’m getting drunked for the environments! (Day 187)…

keg costume

Some days call for a drink. Some days call for multiple drinks. True, mass consumption of anything is never very eco-friendly, but there are times when getting drunk is really unavoidable: a new job, for instance, calls for celebration; getting fired calls for, well, an even bigger celebration. And then there are occasions like your 19th birthday, St. Patty’s Day and the ultimate liver-wrecker: weddings with open bars.

But if you’re going to get blitzed, you might as well do it in as green a fashion as possible — drinking a pint of draught beer from a tap rather than out of a bottle is one way, as is buying wine in a two-litre jug rather than two separate one-litre bottles. And if you’re having a party at home, why not order a keg of beer from the local microbrewery instead of lugging home multiple cans held together by those bird-strangling plastic rings or those rattly cases of 24 individual bottles?

As of today, then, I’ll be ordering my local beer and organic cocktails in glasses, not bottles, and the next raging party I host will be offering booze the university student way: out of a keg (possibly with a funnel attached).

Redonkulous beer keg costume courtesy of this site

8 Responses to But ociffer, I’m getting drunked for the environments! (Day 187)…

  1. When you are planning a party you might consider using “kegulator” which is a (somewhat humorous) site that helps you calculate how much beer, ice and cups you will need to keep your party moving. Also, if you do use a keg and are hoping to get more than one nights use out of it, you should NOT use a hand pump tap (because it pumps the beer out using air, which will spoil the beer pretty quickly) but instead figure out how to rent a CO2 cannister and tap (some micros might supply these for you). Otherwise you will need to drain the keg within a few hours to retain the quality.
    Getting the quantity and timing right is important: after all you are not really helping conservation if you leave half a keg of beer to spoil…

  2. Luis says:

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  3. We did this for the wedding. We HIGHLY recommend Mill Street. While we did not need them, they offered us biodegradeable “plastic” cups made of corn!

  4. susanna eve says:

    Here in Halifax we have propellor which is a microbrewery. They sell big bottles called Growlers, (1.89L). There is an $8 deposit and then $8 for the beer. You bring back your empty jug and get a refilled one for a mere $8. Good beer apparently and good for the environment too.

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