Beers

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Beer is an alcoholic drink fermented from starch material, commonly barley malt, and often with hops or some other substance. This article is a comparison of the carbon footprint and water use of various beers. The products include a stout, India pale ale (IPA), pale ale, lager, amber ale, and blonde ale. Unless otherwise noted the information on this page applies to 12 US customary fluid ounces or 355 mL of consumed beer.

Carbon Footprint[edit]

Greenhouse gas emissions of 355 mL of beer
Product Total (kg CO2e) Materials (kg CO2e) Production (kg CO2e) Packaging (kg CO2e) Distribution (kg CO2e) Usage (kg CO2e) End of Life (kg CO2e)
Biere Blonde 2.6% 8x25 cl[1] 0.284
Biere D'or Des Flandres 3.8% 20X25 cl bottles[1] 0.291
Big Horn Blonde Ale, RAM Brewery[2] 0.50 0.08 0.03 0.00052 0.010 0.39
Fat Tire Amber Ale, New Belgium Brewing Company[3] 0.53 0.11 0.03 0.14 0.20 0.04 0.01
HUB Lager, Hopworks Urban Brewery[2] 0.62 0.07 0.14 0.003 0.017 0.39
Pinnacle Peak Pale Ale, Harmon Brewing Company[2] 0.56 0.11 0.01 0.031 0.017 0.39
Smoked Stout, Vashon Brewing Company[2] 1.17 0.13 0.58 0.056 0.036 0.38
Vortex IPA, Fort George Brewery[2] 0.78 0.18 0.13 0.064 0.019 0.39
Tesco Biere Speciale 4.8% 8X25 cl bottles[1] 0.312
Tesco Biere Speciale 4.8% 20X250 ml[1] 0.298
Tesco Bitter 2% 4 x 440 ml cans[1] 0.224
Tesco Bitter 3% 4 x 440 ml cans[1] 0.238
Tesco Bitter 3% 12 x 440 ml cans[1] 0.227
Tesco Bitter 3.9% 4 x 440 ml cans[1] 0.273
Tesco Bitter 5% 4 x 440 ml cans[1] 0.298
Tesco Lager 4% Abv 4X500 ml cans[1] 0.256
Tesco Strong Lager 4X440 ml[1] 0.355
Tesco Value Lager 2% 4X440 ml[1] 0.227

Water Use[edit]

Water use of 355 mL of beer
Product Total (Liters) Materials (Liters) Production (Liters) Packaging (Liters) Distribution (Liters) Usage (Liters)
Big Horn Blonde Ale, RAM Brewery[2] 33 22 0.64 0.002 0.00026 11
Fat Tire Amber Ale, New Belgium Brewing Company[3] 1.38
HUB Lager, Hopworks Urban Brewery[2] 34 21 1.93 0.039 0.0025 11
Pinnacle Peak Pale Ale, Harmon Brewing Company[2] 45 33 0.79 0.05 0 11
Smoked Stout, Vashon Brewing Company[2] 49.7 38 0.3 0.6 0.033 11
Vortex IPA, Fort George Brewery[2] 68 56 0.7 0.15 0.022 11

References[edit]

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 Product Carbon Footprint Summary. Tesco PLC, Aug. 2012. Web. 26 Nov. 2016. Archived
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 Life Cycle Assessment of Beer in Support of an Environmental Product Declaration. Institute for Environmental Research and Education, Sep. 2013. Web. 13 Nov. 2016.
  3. 3.0 3.1 The Carbon Footprint of Fat Tire Amber Ale. The Climate Conservancy, 2008. Web. 14 Nov. 2016.