Saturday, October 10, 2009

Plastic kegs? Really?

Browsing some photos today of aspiring brewery in Massachusetts, I saw what was described as a "plastic firkin" and did a double-take. Plastic! Everybody who has every brewed their own beer at home has come to realize the drawbacks of plastic--paramount being they scratch easily and bacterial infestations in those scratches will result in foul and spoiled beer. What commercial organization would want to take such a risk? Further still, plastic is a crude oil-based product, so how could something like this ever show face in the contemporary orgy of "going green"?

Plastic Kegs America seems to be the one swimming against the current here, and I for one can't helped but to cry foul. "Go Plasitic! Go Green!" they say. Even if these things can be recycled, the energy and chemicals used in their construction surely won't tread lightly.

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