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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Eco-drinks for Earth Day

Posted By on Wed, Apr 21, 2010 at 2:15 PM

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The Good: Saving energy and saving money work hand-in-hand; more bang for your shipping buck due to much higher alcohol level.

The Bad: Few local options, but they're starting to become available.

click to enlarge Find your hometown spirit(s) at the Stable.
  • Find your hometown spirit(s) at the Stable.

The local entries are the big star in this category, even if there are only a few. Both Square One Brewing & Distilling in Lafayette Square and Amalgamated Brewing, housed at The Stable, are producing spirits. You'll need to stop by Square One to pick up a bottle of one of its products, but it currently offers its Aquavit, Mello Cello, Whiskey and Gin for purchase. Meanwhile, Amalgamated Brewing has released its 85 Lashes Rum into distribution; it's available at some fine wine and liquor shops in both Missouri and Illinois.

Less obvious is 360 Vodka, a widely-distributed and advertised brand from the McCormick Distillery, which is located north of Kansas City in Weston, Missouri. While much of the distillery's talk about its product centers on the eco-friendly packaging, the big one for Missouri greens is the use of local grain to produce the spirit. Combine this with the energy-efficiency measures the distillery has installed and the short distance from the distillery to St. Louis, and this is a very good green option.

If brown spirits are your thing, there's an up-and-coming region producing more than a few that's also about a four-hour drive away -- this time to the east. But since tomes have already been dedicated to bourbon, we'll let you explore those on your own (though we can't resist mentioning the outstanding bargain that is Buffalo Trace Bourbon, about $16).

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