With St. Patrick’s Day rapidly approaching, there’s obviously one question on everyone’s mind: Which beer should I drink on this special day?
The answer is literally any Irish beer. But if you’re an environmentalist, the question can be a little more complicated.
Beer is currently in a bit of a bind. Drought in many areas of the world, particularly California, has brought brewers a decent amount of stress over their product’s primary ingredients. Barley, the second ingredient of beer, is being threatened by both heavy rains and drought. And hops — the idol of the craft beer industry — have been suffering from warmer temperatures. Needless to say, drought, heavy rains, and warmer temperatures are all symptoms of human-caused climate change.