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Yes this can be done and all keen beer drinkers who care about the environment should get involved.
Environment because food miles, aluminium mining is bad and recycled beer bottles either end up in landfill or require a large amount of energy to melt them down and make in to new bottles.
So how can we do this? Find you local micro brewery, save and clean all your beer bottles, then take them to the brewery to get refilled. Simple.
Or, if your brewery do not have a bottle filling and capping service. Save a large carton or bottle, get them filled at the brewery then bottle at home and put caps on using a ‘home’ cap kit (about £15).
You should find that there is just enough yeast and sugar left in the unpasteurised, natural, local brew to naturally carbonate your bottles of beer after a week or 2 storage. (It might be worth asking your local brewery what they recommend).I had the idea this morning after talking to a local, ‘environmentalist’, brewer who refused to put his beer in cans due to the devastating effect of aluminium mining, and bottles, due to the energy cost above. He also told me about how his, and nearly all real beers, could be bottled and naturally carbonated.
If like me you would like to support your local brewery, get great beer, and do the right thing, please check our Local Food and Drink map to find your local brewery and ask them about filling your bottles/cartons. It might be a good idea to go for a tasting session first if the brewery has a Tap Room open on regular dates.
This is a classic example of localism and what BigBarn is all about. If everyone buys from their local supplier; microbrewery, cider maker, farm shop, dairy, butcher, baker, each business can be profitable and much more sustainable.
Also, like the case above packaging and food miles can be drastically reduced and the money spent will remain in the local area to boost the economy and create jobs.