Gipsy Hill Brewery in London has claimed to have produced the world’s first CO2-negative beer, without relying on carbon offsetting. Swell Lager and Trail Pale, the two beers produced by the brewery, are brewed with regenerative barley and reclaimed hops. This means that the beers remove more greenhouse gases from the atmosphere than they produce. Other breweries, such as BrewDog, claim to have carbon negative beers through carbon offsetting, which involves financing equivalent CO2 savings elsewhere. However, Gipsy Hill’s beers are the first to be truly carbon negative without offsetting. The regenerative barley used in the beers is sourced from Wildfarmed, a company that works with farmers to implement regenerative practices that store more carbon in the soil. The brewery also uses recovered hops from previous beer batches, which would typically be thrown away, resulting in no greenhouse gas emissions. A pint of Swell Lager has a carbon footprint of -40g CO2e, while a pint of Trail Pale results in -30g CO2e. This is in comparison to a pint of internationally produced lager, which has a carbon footprint of 759g CO2e. The carbon negative beers are available at various locations and range in price from £6.50 to £7.50. In addition to this news, the article provides a brief history of beer consumption, from its origins in Mesopotamia and northern China thousands of years ago to its development in Egypt and Europe, where malted barley became the main source of fermented sugar.
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