A lot of people lately have been telling us that they're drinking cheaper and lower quality beer to save money. While we here at DrinkCraftBeer.com are feeling the economic pinch just as much as everybody else, we thought there had to be a better way to get around this issue without sacrificing the taste of our brew. Afterall, when the guys from DrinkCraftBeer.com stop drinking craft beer, what has this world come to? With that in mind, here are the DrinkCraftBeer.com Top 5 Money Saving Tips for the Craft Beer Drinker!
What's that? You think it's hard? You don't know how? You don't have a yard? Well those would be good excuses, if we hadn't already debunked all of them in our article, How to Homebrew Beer In Your Kitchen.
Yes, the initial investment may cost around $60 or so. But, after that, the beer you make can be much cheaper than the beer you buy! A typical session ale can probably be put together for $30-$40, and you'll get 2 cases out of that. That's 8 six-packs... Even at $40, that's only $5 per six-pack. Also, a brew day is a low cost activity that you can do with a bunch of your friends. When we brew, we normally have a bunch of friends over and just make a day of hanging out. And, if you do have an outside area, it's great to spend a nice day outside while brewing!
2) Drink at home
Not by yourself. You don't have to stop being social just because you're trying to save money. Have friends over, or go over friends' places. The cost of 2 beers at the bar can buy you a six-pack and then some at the beer store. Set up a night with your friends where each person buys a different six-pack. This way you still get to try new beers and be social... you just don't have huge bar tab at the end of the night. If you really need the ambiance, grab some bar stools and get some buddies together to build a cheap and easy home bar. You can combine this step with homebrewing, and have your own personal brewpub even!
As you've probably noticed, April is the month of DrinkCraftBeer.com featuring sustainable brewing practices on our site. Obviously we couldn't have this theme without focusing on organic craft beer brewers! Organic is one of the earlier sustainability/environmental trends and it survives to this day. Also, we now have a couple breweries in New England focusing completely on organic beer production. I spoke with Max Oswald, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Wolaver's Organic Ales (Middlebury, VT), and Jon Cadoux, Co-Owner and Brewer for Peak Organic Ales (Portland, ME). What did I find out? Well, we know that professionally running a brewery is hard work... Now imagine running a brewery and having to acquire organic grain and hops that are in dangerously low supply and having to jump through government hoops to maintain your USDA Organic Certification. These were just some of the things I learned from talking with these two steadfast advocates of organic and sustainable methods of producing food and grain.
When you think of industries that are good to the environment, which ones do you think of? Well, if you didn’t say “craft brewing,” then you might want to think again. Craft breweries are some of the greenest companies around, many are ahead of the curve when it comes to implementing sustainability and environmental initiatives. Maybe it’s the fact that the beer industry has razor thin profit margins so waste costs too much. Or, maybe it’s just the culture that many brewers and craft beer brewery owners come from that make them more inclined to enact environmentally friendly plans. Perhaps, since most breweries are fairly local enterprises, they don’t want to pollute the very area where they have their most loyal market. Regardless, brewers are a green bunch and we’re not talking envy. Check out how the following breweries do their best to do right by our planet.
Note: This is the first in a series of several articles that will highlight breweries with green practices. Each article will focus on one or two different methods for sustainability, such as recycling or wind power, and then highlight one brewery that has gone above and beyond the call of duty in protecting our world. Enjoy!
In Part 1 of Craft Beer Brewers Go Green, we'll focus on breweries that use wind power, including Allagash Brewing Company and Brooklyn Brewery. Then, you'll get an in-depth look at many of the amazing steps Sierra Nevada has taken to truly be one of the greenest breweries, if not companies, in the United States.
Anytime we hear Ron Jeffries is working on something new we get exited. For any of you who haven't tried Jolly Pumkin's beer, you're missing out. What has us really excited is something very new though. Ron has started Northern United Brewing Co (NUBC). NUBC will be comprised of three new Jolly Pumpkin cafe's, one in Dexter (next to JP brewery), one in Ann Arbor and one on the Old Mission peninsula just north of Traverse City. In addition to the cafes they are adding two breweries, North Peak and Grizzly Peak, the top two brewpubs in Michigan. Both North Peak and Grizzly peak have been around for over a decade, we're excited to see some expanded distribution since we haven't tried their beer.
If all this isn't excting enough, next to the location in Traverse City they will also be christening a brand new 10,000 BBL production facility which will produce non-sour Jolly Pumpkin beers. Non sour Jolly Pumpkin? We dont' even know what that's going to be, and they're still working that out, or just keeping it tight lipped for now, but we'll be following this closely as it develops.