Free Beer For Being Green
Beer Sales at Post Offices
The Murmansk (Russia) post department says
140 of its 152 branches will be selling
"low-alcohol drinks" - meaning no wine or
spirits -  in the interest of "increasing the
viability of post offices and attracting additional
money to modernise the network"

Saratov Region far away to the south is now
selling beer and the fermented bread drink kvass
as a way of "keeping unprofitable post offices
open", the Komsomolskaya Pravda reported.

The postal department also announced a new
plan to roll out beer sales at 3,200 post offices
across the country, but was careful to point out
that this was not just about making money.
"The main focus is on rural branches, which
will give the public access to high-quality, legal
alcoholic beverages," he said. "This is important
because over 1,200 people are poisoned by
low-quality alcohol every year."  They forgot to
say it will make licking stamps much easier too.

If you’ve ever felt that your green credentials have
gone unrewarded, it might be worth considering a
move to the Italian city of Bologna.

For six months a year, an initiative called Bella Mossa
(“Good Job”) operates within the city, which rewards
users of sustainable forms of transport with free beer,
ice cream or film tickets.

The programme, which runs from April to September,
aims to reduce pollution and offers residents and visitors
an incentive to walk, cycle or take public transport,
rather than travel by car.  Participants simply
download the Better Points app on their phone, where
they can log up to four journeys per day.

According to the BBC, over 100 businesses in Bologna
have signed up to the scheme to offer benefits for
points accrued.To avoid any abuse of the system, a GPS
tracker makes sure people are being honest about the
journeys they log and the method of transport used. The
app also tells users how much CO2 was saved.
Cruller Beer - Vennture Brew Co. of Milwaukee WI has made what they say is the
world's fist cruller beer. It's a big imperial stout is a dark beer with a rush of chocolate
and coffee.  To make the beer they used Madagascar vanilla, 12 pounds of roasted
Colombian coffee and close to 200 crullers from Cranky Al's Bakery.  All of which
makes for a perfect breakfast beer.

Donate A Beer -- Pay it Furloughed is a crowdfunded website that lets anyone
donate a beer for an impacted federal worker during any future government shutdown.  
Anyone with a government ID who can legally drink can down as many as they want at
partner locations across Washington DC  Each beer costs $7.50.  More than 2,000 beers
have been donated from all over the world, including Japan and the Netherlands.  

Stadium Beer-  Currently 51 of the 129 NCAA Division I Football Bowl
Subdivision programs allowed in-stadium alcohol sales to the public, and the NCAA
recently approved alcohol sales at NCAA Championship events.  The latest to join
in is Rutgers University (NJ) which just announced it will sell beer/wine at football,
lacrosse, basketball, soccer, wrestling, baseball and softball events.

Calories Count -   The German Brewers Association and the Association of
Private Breweries in Germany have officially recommended that their members
start printing the number of calories contained in their beers and shandies on the
label.  The average pilsner-style beer is about 40 calories per 100 milliliters, or about
200 kcal in a standard half-liter bottle.

Best In The World (?) - Atlanta was just named the best city in the world
for craft beer lovers in TripSavvy’s list of Where to Go in 2019, compiled by the  
site’s travel editors.  Take it for it's worth.
Is Recycling Beer Cans Dangerous?

Small brewers are increasingly using shrink wrap sleeves, as well as stick-on vinyl labels,
because of challenges with traditional, printed beer cans. Many beer can manufacturers
require breweries to buy printed cans by the truckload, roughly 150,000 cans at a time.
That’s a huge investment for a small brewery, which might want to only release a small
batch of a seasonal beer, or doesn’t have the space to store that many cans. Despite
the fact that shrink-wrapped or vinyl-sticker labels, which offer greater flexibility many
people wonder if those types of labels recyclable.  The answer is yes and no.

If every brewery started using those sticker labels, it might cause problems at the
aluminum process mills, but if it’s one or 10 cans mixed into thousands, theres is no
problem.  Currently  they are less than one percent in a batch of aluminum cans.
So at current levels, the shrink-wrapped labels aren’t yet rendering those cans non-
recyclable since the sleeves do burn off in the aluminum smelting process and as such
do not affect the recyclability of the can.

However the Brewers Association reports they have received complaints from some
recycling facilities about shrink-wrapped labels, though most plants will still accept them.
The problem is that the labels can cause issues with equipment wear-and-tear at
recycling facilities and some claim they can increase fire risk. Other complaints said that
the labels reduce efficiency by introducing non-aluminum material into their processes
and that the plastic labels can cause emissions spikes when the cans are melted down.

Some research has shown that the potential fire risk involved with incinerating these
cans is substantial because the plastic labels are about 10 times the weight of a can’s
traditional paint coating, which makes them more difficult to burn off.   Any
combustibles, whether it be paper, plastic, or cardboard acts as a fuel source in the
de-coating processes and at a minimum could hampers our productivity.

For now, if beer drinkers want to help recycling centers out, an easy way to do that
would be to cut shrink-wrap off a can, or peel off that vinyl sticker as best you can.
That does mean it will go into your trash, but the rest of that aluminum can will likely
pass through the recycling process safely.


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Edited by Jim Attacap