I think it’s finally time to call it quits on this epic work day and head home. But wait! It has been a stressful day (/year) and you decide that a drink is in order. Time to head to your favorite pub for a swift half, or whatever’s your poison.
Social and Environmental Impact of Your Local Pub
At first glance, there may not appear to be many social or environmental factors to consider when rating bars (compared to, say, restaurants or cell phones) but there are actually quite a few. Of course there are – otherwise, I wouldn’t be writing this post! So, I’m going to highlight some of them, giving examples of Green Stars Reviews of various pubs that I’ve posted on TripAdvisor, Google Maps, or Yelp (click on names below to see the reviews).
Packaging and Transportation
With the huge surge in the popularity of craft beer, the number of brewpubs has shot up over the last few years. Beer that’s brewed on site has significantly lower carbon (transportation) and material (packaging) footprints. Next best is local draught beer (transported in reusable kegs), bearing in mind that this is sometimes the best option if that brewery does a particularly good job on sustainability. Then there’s local beer sold in cans or bottles and, in last place, canned or bottled beer from distant lands. Here’s an article on the debate of cans versus bottles. Many brewpubs now sell beer to go in reusable glass growlers, so you never have to buy packaged beer again if you don’t want to!
If you’re dealing with a regular bar rather than a brewpub then just take note that some are much better at supporting local breweries than others. The Mutton Lane Inn in Cork, Ireland, is a great pub that supports local brewers (like Franciscan Well) and microbreweries (Rising Sons).