Category:  beer bottles

Eco-Friendly Empties

It may surprise you to find out that I am a passive environmentalist. I’m not out chaining myself to corrupt corporations or holding one of those annoying clipboards on a street corner, but I do very much love recycling. It’s one of those things that leaves a feel-good buzz of productivity while requiring little no energy on my part. Me:   “Where should I put this bottle?” You: “In that brown paper bag.” Me:   “Done.” You: “YOU’RE A SAINT!” Much of the time, I limit my save-the-earth activities to those that can be done with a flick of the wrist, but every now and then something sustainable comes along and, while it requires work on my part, the final product is pretty frickin’ cool, so I give in. Which brings me to “beer bottle beer glasses”. Last week, while hopping around the internet, educating myself on the state of beer, I… Read More »

Stupid is the new black

Carlsberg is introducing a new beer with perhaps the stupidest selling point that I’ve ever seen for a beer. On the company’s website, Copenhagen is rolled out with a discussion of what “modern women and men” are looking for in a beer today, “specifically the full package of design, taste and quality.” It seems that these modern women and men don’t like the bitter aftertaste of beer and are looking for a beer that can serve as a real alternative to white wine or Champagne. In other words, from the perspective of flavor, this is a beer for people who don’t like beer. Fine, join the crowd, there are lots of those beers already on the market. What really gets me about the way this beer is being marketed is the focus on design. Most of the company’s copy about the beer focuses on the design of the bottle and… Read More »

Beer label outrage

By , October 24, 2010 in Beer, beer bottles

Here we go again. Lost Abbey, an innovative brewer in San Diego, brewed a Belgian wit for this autumn. They called it Witch’s Wit and graced the bottle with a rather grisly scene of a Medieval witch burning. Okay, whatever. It probably wouldn’t have been my choice but I get it and the brewery should be able to put whatever they want on the label. (Here’s a view of the label.) But, Vicki Noble decided to say no. See, Noble is well known in the pagan and Wiccan community and she found the label offensive. She dropped an email to her supporters and soon the brewery was receiving stacks of complaints. Lost Abbey was contrite and promised a new label*. So, the law never got involved and we don’t have to talk about freedom of speech, etc. I bring this up because I’m just weary of brewers being criticized for… Read More »

“Glassphemy” – The Great Beer Bottle Throwing

By , May 17, 2010 in Beer, beer bottles

You know how it is; sometime you just have to throw a beer bottle at someone. It could be that they said something you didn’t like. It could be that you caught them checking out your date. It could be that they’ve had it coming for a long time. Or it could just be that they have that kind of face. It happens and now, finally, someone is making it possible to itch that scratch. It’s called “Glassphemy.” It started when David Belt decided that recycling had just become “too damn boring.” I’m not really sure that I understand this complaint. Was recycling every exciting? Apparently, it once was for Belt. Anyway, in order to recapture that high that conserving resources used to give him, Belt put together “Glassphemy.” Basically it’s a big cage made of steal and bullet proof glass. The bottle throwers stand inside; their targets stand outside… Read More »