Happy first day of spring!
We are all looking forward to the warmer weather around the corner. This spring and summer, when you’re getting ready for your outdoor gatherings, I hope you stock up on beer from these Michigan breweries because of their leadership in promoting water protection: Superfluid by Short’s Brewing Company and (coming soon) the Line 5 Stout by Leelanau Brewing Company.
Just announced yesterday, Short’s Brewing Company is releasing their 2014 brew of Superfluid, an American Double IPA, which is their specialty brew that promotes clean water. This year, they are dedicating that beer to increasing awareness around the expansion of the Mackinac Pipeline, which has been labeled one of the largest threats to the Great Lakes. They are joined by a number of other Great Lakes companies and non-profit organizations that are working to increased awareness around the 60-year-old oil pipeline that crosses the Straits of Mackinac, which went through a pressure increase last summer so Enbridge can push more oil through Michigan and back into Canada. This pipeline is owned by Enbridge Energy, the same company that polluted over 40 miles of the Kalamazoo River watershed in 2010 – causing the largest and most costly inland oil spill in U.S. history.
The Leelanau Brewing Company also plans to release a Michigan Imperial Stout called Line 5 Stout, which is currently being brewed in aged bourbon barrels. I will be sure to let everyone know when that beer becomes available.
These brews will bring awareness to the threats imposed by Enbridge’s Mackinac Pipeline. After the disaster in the Kalamazoo River, Enbridge did not miss a beat and continues to expand most of the pipelines on their Lakehead system, which includes the Straits of Mackinac pipeline. These expansions bring incredible risks to the Great Lakes – opposition around expanding old oil pipelines, to transport more tar sands crude, continues to grow but additional awareness is needed. I personally thank these business for adding a new voice to the fight.
I hope you will join me in supporting Great Lakes businesses that work hard to promote clean water and environmental protection. There’s no better way (or more delicious) than to lift a glass to our amazing waters and these amazing companies!
I will keep SURF Great Lakes updated on possible events happening around the release of these beers. As you support these brews, please tweet or post facebook pictures tagging #MackinacPipeline, @leelanaubrewing, @shortsbrewing, and @surfgreatlakes. There might be a prize involved!
Here are some additional resources about this pipeline and ways to become involved in opposition: