Friday, June 26, 2009

Green Living by Janet Marchant: Greening Your Liquor Cabinet

I have mentioned the environmental benefits of alcohol on occasion, including green beer, the authentic traditional beverage of the world's original environmentalists, the Irish. However, a number of readers have mentioned that beer is not their cup of tea, and asked if there are any other environmentally responsible options when happy hour rolls around.

Well, dear readers, look no further! I have learned that a local establishment called BarSaloona, infamous for its wanton destruction of a priceless piece of Alameda's history, is seeking to redeem itself by offering an eco-friendly alternative to happy hour called "The Green Hour." Apparently, this new event is for environmentalists like you and me to get together and swap tips for green living over green cocktails.

In addition to the green beer I can only assume will be available, many of the featured drinks seem to be made with a new environmentally friendly liquor called Absinthe, otherwise known as "The Green Fairy." I'm not sure, but I think I read about this in a letter to the editor from Milhous K. "Grrr" Sanka. Whatever this Green Fairy is, its eco-benefits are twofold: not only is it green, but it also has something to do with fairies, which always seem to come up when we're talking about the environment. In fact, the proposals for redeveloping that abandoned military base even call for building a fairy terminal!

So, fellow Earth lovers, I'll see you at BarSaloona every 5:30 to 6:30, Tuesday through Sunday. Let's keep our carbon footprints down with a hearty "bottoms up!"

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