A General Note to All Breweries
This is a bit random, but it’s also long overdue. I get a fair number of packages from breweries (mostly containing beer, but not exclusively). Nothing like Brian Yaeger or Ezra Johnson-Greenough , but still, one every week or two. Of course, I love beer and love getting beery deliveries, but I hate the yards of plastic bubble wrap and drifts of styro peanuts that collect in the basement waiting recycling. Some breweries send me a single 12 oz beer in a box that could hold a case of wine–cossetted way too safely in a bed of earth-destroying packaging.
By an imperial mile, the best packaging in the industry comes from Deschutes, which has these dandy little boxes: They hold three 12-ounce bottles firmly and without chance of breakage (barring natural disaster)–and without a single peanut. (They also have a version that holds a single 22-ounce bottle.) In fact, there’s only once small piece of packing tape on the whole box, which holds the top flap down once it has been tucked inside the box. […]