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Do you live in the Washington D.C. area and have an occasion to celebrate?  I have a new recommendation for you. I would like to introduce you to a bar on wheels called the Trolley Pub of Arlington, VA.

You're telling me I can drink and bike and not get a DUI?

You’re telling me I can drink and bike and not get a DUI?

Warm weather is approaching in the Northeast and Midwest and this might be your cure for those cold weather blues.  Get 6-14 of your friends together (heck you and your buddy could just ask random people to join, who wouldn’t want to do this?!) for a two hour tour (that will run you $420 total, or $30 per person) and get your pedaling legs and drinking arm (you might need both hands to keep a steady grip on your brew, what about potholes?) ready for a good time.  Smaller tours for groups of 1-6 are $35 per person. The tour promises to stop at your favorite local watering holes in the Claredon, VA neighborhood (that’s right, I’m calling a Spinachead outing and we’ll report back to you), or you can cruise with minimal stops while people watching.

Have no fear there is a conductor who will do all the steering for you, he even has an electric backup in case you get distracted (or have one too many) while pedaling. The tour options are not yet published on their website (a route should be planned for the National Mall), but you can follow Trolley Pub’s updates on their website here. We at Spinach appreciate public transportation, such has bike systems, and we also appreciate a good brew – our favorite things combined into one.  This also gets you outdoors, another thing we like.

Consider this the best heads up you’ve gotten on this first day of Spring 2013.  Trolley Pub is booking requests now. We’ll let you know how it is.

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Hello Spinach Fans!  My name’s Aaron, El Peatón, and I’ll be joining my fellow Spinach heads here on the blog.  As you’ve probably already noticed, we here at Spinach like to share all things happening in the greenosphere, and try to do so in the most lighthearted and friendly way possible   We provide you breaking news, environmental trends and tips on how to make your life a little greener.  I plan to bring some urban issues to the Spinach table, and hope to cover topics such as sustainable transportation, greener urban development, and general topics affecting those of us living in and around cities.  But, to kick things off, I wanted to share something I think many of you (I know the Spinach Team will), may find useful as we enter the Holidays.  A Green Boozing Guide!

Yes, the Holidays are a time to give, spend time with friends, family and loved ones, reminisce on the year’s events, and be thankful for everything we have going for ourselves.  But it is also the time for indulging in libations.  So, what could be better than getting your drink on with friends and family this holiday season?  Why, doing it by being green of course!  Below is a list (by no means complete) of a few of the breweries, wineries, and liquor distilleries that do their best to provide you with something good to drink without stepping all over the planet.  I hope you find this list useful.  And remember, you can do your part and make green choices while having a good time.  Cheers!

BEER

1.   New Belgium Brewing: Fort Collins, CO

All of the brewery’s energy needs come from its on-site wastewater treatment facility as well as wind energy.  New Belgium is a strong bicycle advocate, and even included planet Earth as a stakeholder in its strategic planning!

Ranger IPA

New Belgium’s Ranger IPA

2.   Bison Brewing: Berkeley, CA

Touting USDA-certified organic ingredients, an energy grid comprised of renewables, and resource saving brewing practices, Bison Brewing is a green-brew fan’s best friend.

Bison Brewing's Gingerbread Ale

Bison Brewing’s Gingerbread Ale

3.   Peak Organic Brewing Company: Portland, ME

Like Bison Brewing, Peak Organic sources all of its ingredients locally and organically.  The brewery has also given back to the community, working closely with local farmers to bring organic commercial grade hops back to Maine, the first time in the state since 1880.

Peak-Organic-King-Crimson

Peak Organic’s King Crimson Imperial Red Ale

4.   Brooklyn Brewery: Brooklyn, NY

The first brewery in New York City to purchase 100% of its energy needs from wind farms, Brooklyn Brewery strongly stands by its commitment to sustainability.  Awesome beer, with out the CO2!

brooklyn-lager

Brooklyn Brewery’s Brooklyn Lager

5.   Full Sail Brewing Company: Hood River, OR

Preferring the term “responsible” rather than “sustainable”, Full Sail Brewing Company was thinking about the planet when it set up shop in 1987.  Repurposing a derelict canning facility, a waste-water treatment plant on-site, all beer making by-product used as animal feed locally, and using 100% recycled materials in all of its packaging are only a few of the many weapons in Full Sail’s sustainability arsenal.

Full_Sail_amber-bottle-pint

Full Sail Brewing Company’s Amber Ale

Wine

1.   Alma Roas Winery: Buellton, CA

Award winning wines that are certified organic and grown using sustainable agriculture practices.

Alma Rosa Winery's 2008 Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir

Alma Rosa Winery’s 2008 Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir

2.   Stratus Winery: Niagara, ON

Featuring the fist LEED-certified  winery in North America, Stratus Winery embodies what it means to be green.  The facility also uses geothermal heating and cooling, uses recycled materials in the construction, and even has a staff bike room and Prius!!

Stratus Winery's Assemblage Red Wine, a mixture Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Gamay and Syrah

Stratus Winery’s assemblage’ red wine, a mixture Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Gamay and Syrah

3.   Rodney Strong Vineyards: Healdsburg, CA

As if going 100% solar energy powered back in 2005 wasn’t enough, Rodney Strong Vineyards went a step further, and installed a 766-Kilowatt solar array on its own property.  The vineyard now produces all of its own energy, plus provides solar energy to the grid, enough to power nearly 800 homes per day!

Rodney Strong Vineyard's 2009 Sauvignon Blanc

Rodney Strong Vineyard’s 2009 Sauvignon Blanc

Spirits

Alcohol Giant Diageo is in the process of building a bioenergy plant at it’s Glenlossie distillery in Scotland.  The plant will produce steam that will help power the distillery, as well as animal feed from the distillery by-product not suitable for energy production.  The plant is estimated to keep nearly 6,000 of CO2 out of the atmosphere every year, the equivalent of removing 1,134 cars of the road.  Diageo’s brands include Johnnie Walker, Tanqueray, and Smirnoff.

Johnnie Walker Red Label

Johnnie Walker Red Label

Tanqueray

Tanqueray

Smirnoff

Smirnoff

If you’ve got a favorite green libation, let us know, and we’ll do our best to add it to the list.  Thanks for reading, and go out there enjoy the Holidays, without feeling bad about it!

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