Spec’s is proud to stock a huge selection of beers from from local breweries such as Live Oak, Austin Beer Works, and Real Ale! Whether you’re building your beer collection or picking up a keg for your football bash, locally brewed beers can bring new flavors to your table and add an extra level of planet-saving sustainability to your toast. How does Spec’s selection of local brews add green power to your pint?
Locally brewed beer is a more environmentally friendly product from a transportation perspective. By reducing the mileage a case or keg has to be shipped, the resources consumed in getting beer to the customer are drastically reduced. Shipping costs for draught beer are so high that many overseas producers are switching to disposable kegs just to avoid the expense of shipping their empties back to the brewery. Since the vast majority of American craft brewers operate only one brewery, craft beer can be especially shipping-intensive. In contrast, Anheuser Busch operates breweries in 13 states to maximize efficiency.
However, the recent proliferation of Texas beer allows customers to drink the styles they’ve come to enjoy without having beer that’s been trucked across several states. Since Texas is so large, most central Texas craft beers are not available in other states. Local consumption is vital to the success of these newer, smaller operations. For customers already trying to reduce their waste stream by using in-home kegerators, local beer is a much more eco-friendly option on a larger scale. While imported and out-of-state kegs still result in minimal trash for residential drinkers, the reduced turnaround time on local kegs minimizes the total number of kegs a brewer must purchase to accommodate home customers. For these customers, Spec’s is proud to stock a huge selection of on-hand kegs from several local breweries!
Finally, local beers rely much more on word-of-mouth type awareness. While national brands spend millions on awareness campaigns, local breweries often spend their marketing dollars hosting on-site events and supporting local charitable causes.
From six-pack to specialty keg, Spec’s carries every brew you might choose for your pint-sipping pleasure, and a great collection of local beers in every store!
Submitted by: Levi Castello