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Green Geek Beer 195

DigiDave writes "A time honored tradition on St Patty's Day is to drink green beer. But some breweries go out of their way to make sure that the brewskies we drink are always green, by using environmentally friendly brewing methods. The makers of Fat Tire, for example, use a cogeneration process that involves anaerobic bacteria turning wastewater into methane gas for power."
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  • Fat Tire (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Solder Fumes ( 797270 ) on Saturday March 18, 2006 @04:44AM (#14947206)
    Fat Tire is pretty good. It's not recommended if you ever plan to go back to Bud. Some people don't like a sweet beer, but then some people don't like chocolate either. Ignore those mutants and grab a nice mug if you're in the southern Midwest sometime.
  • Re:Fat Tire (Score:5, Interesting)

    by jbrader ( 697703 ) <> on Saturday March 18, 2006 @04:48AM (#14947219)
    Why the southern midwest? I live in Tacoma Washington and the Fat Tire flows like water around here.
  • Re:St Patty's day (Score:4, Interesting)

    by waferhead ( 557795 ) <> on Saturday March 18, 2006 @04:54AM (#14947232)
    From a second generation Irish/American who spent a few years in Portland, Oregon...

    Try Fat Tire, and DEFINATELY get to a McMennamins and try Terminator Stout.
    (They frequently have a "special" version (can't recall what it was called) that would rip yer head off.)

    Go to Portland if you get a chance, I'tll be sorta like home, only with more guys wearing leather walking their boyfreinds downtown on dog chains.

    Only wetter.

    And I personally suspect Mad Cow, rather than any pork issues.
  • Real "Green" Beer (Score:2, Interesting)

    by geln12 ( 789258 ) on Saturday March 18, 2006 @05:41AM (#14947307)
    I assumed something like Wasabi Ale [].....
    #Miyamori Wasabi Beer at []
  • by riflemann ( 190895 ) <riflemann@bb. c a c t i i . n et> on Saturday March 18, 2006 @05:54AM (#14947327)
    Most people associate beer with cheap piss, generally only drinking it as a social lubricant and really ignoring the true flavours of the beer. That's true for just about any mass-produced beer (VB, Fosters, Bud, Miller, Heineken).

    Go out and trying a real beer for once, and not just Guinness on St Pats (arguably not that great a beer). Some of the world's greatest beers [] are quite accessible and will blow your socks off with their complexity and flavour.

    Similar to wine coinnoseurs, there are also those who are (mostly self-professed) experts in beer, preferring something good like a trappist beer [] with their meal to wine, and deservingly so. A properly brewed beer's a lot more interesting to have with a meal than wine, and there's infinitely more variety.

    Heineken is not a good beer. Really. In Holland it's considered mediocre. If you see a beer everywhere, then it's mosty likely crap. Stella's pissy too. Budvar, Pilsener Urquell, Hertog Jan...they're ok for lagers.

    A coding session's a heck of a lot more enjoyable when combined with a decent brew. But be careful, too good a beer will distract! Some of my best output's come after having a good Belgian [].

    Seriously. Go down to your nearest large speciality bottle shop/liquor store and find a few bottles of the higher rated beers [] that you can find. Drink them, out of the proper glassware and at the right temperature then you'll never go back to a macro again. It could get more expensive, but damn it's worth it. A hint - drink light-coloured beers in warmer weather and darker ones in cool weather.

    And then you can have good beer all the time.
  • by ayjay29 ( 144994 ) on Saturday March 18, 2006 @07:07AM (#14947425)
    I was in Seattle a while ago, and was advised by all the locals to try the beers from the micro-breweries (after trying Bud-Light i was weary of beers from the other side of the Atlantic).

    After trying a few brands (some OK, some not so OK), i tried Fat Tire [], and it was the best beer i've had in a long time.

    (Coming from Yourshire in England, I'm usually a bit weary when it comes to sampling beers not brewed within 50 miles of where I was born...)

  • Re:Fat Tire (Score:3, Interesting)

    by kamapuaa ( 555446 ) on Saturday March 18, 2006 @03:41PM (#14948895) Homepage
    I suggest you consider the merits of Australian beer (and for reference Fosters is not an Australian beer, they just pretend that it is).

    What's hilarious about this comment (which you often hear from Australians, when beer ever comes up in coversation) is that the most popular beer in Australia is Crown Lager, which is literally the exact same beer, made by the same brewery in the same factory, with different packaging.

    So if an Australian ever tells you that Foster's is the worst shit, that only Americans drink, you can mentally note that the person doesn't know anything about the taste of the beer, and is a little too easily swayed by advertising campaigns.

  • by tau-lepton ( 639761 ) on Saturday March 18, 2006 @03:58PM (#14948960)
    No, most breweries don't. They may have some prototype programs that make for good press, but they don't apply these across the entire production process or make the philosophy an integral part of the culture (no pun) like New Belgium. From the Aneheuser-Busch site: The company reduced water usage by nearly 10 percent, electricity consumption decreased by 1 percent and overall fuel usage declined by 4 percent since 1999. Wow! what a great effort. Comapared to New Belgium: 50% reduction in water use, 100% wind powered. Theer buildings are so tight that they hardly ever fire up the heater in the winter, and the lighting is 100% fluorescent. Here's the kicker - The took an employee vote to stop using coal and start using 100% wind, at the expense of employee wage increases! And they make great beer! From the New Belgium site: In 2002 we agreed to participate in the United States Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Existing Buildings (LEED-EB) pilot program. From sun tubes and daylighting throughout the facility to reusing heat in the brewhouse, we continue to search out new ways to close loops and conserve resources. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle The three 'R's of being an environmental steward. Our reuse program includes heat for the brewing process, cleaning chemicals, water and much more. Recyling at New Belgium takes on many forms, from turning "waste" products into something new and useful (like spent grain to cattle feed), to supporting the recycling market in creative ways (like turning our keg caps into table surfaces). We also buy recycled whenever we can, from paper to office furniture. Reduction surrounds us - from motion sensors on the lights throughout the building to induction fans that pull in cool winter air to chill our beer - offsetting our energy needs is the cornerstone to being environmentally efficient.
  • Re:Fat Tire (Score:2, Interesting)

    by poopdeville ( 841677 ) on Saturday March 18, 2006 @06:27PM (#14949574)
    Fat Tire has been brewed regionally since Miller bought out New Belgium. Neither advertises the fact, for obvious reasons. But the recipe has changed and now sucks. (As opposed to being a tasty, but poor imitation of Belgian beers.

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