Denver, Colo., is the host of this year's Democratic National Convention, and it is also the home of the Coors Brewing Company. And because politics makes for some strange bedfellows, Democratic Party bigwigs and pooh-bahs will be shuttled around during the convention in flex-fuel cars powered by beer--waste beer, that is.
"Molson Coors, along with its U.S. subsidiary, Coors Brewing Company, will be the Official E85 Ethanol Producer for the convention," the Environmental News Service reported recently. Molson Coors is donating all the ethanol fuel for 400 General Motors flex-fuel vehicles to be used for the convention's transportation needs.
Coors produces about 3 million gal of beer per year. It has been recycling waste beer since 1996 and is the first U.S. brewer to convert waste beer into ethanol. Waste beer is beer that is lost during packaging or is considered to be below quality standards. The company claims that producing ethanol from beer helps it eliminate about 70 tons of volatile organic compounds from air emissions annually.
Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper adds that the initiative highlights "Colorado's historic status as an energy and beer capital, as well as its reputation for environmental and economic innovation."