Thinking Green… and Outside of the Box

Here at Brewd we love our patrons and we love our planet.  When we say that we love our patrons, we mean it. You offer us tips and ideas and share your concerns and love, and we appreciate all of your feedback.

Since the beginning of Brewd we have looked for ways to be better stewards of our resources and of the planet. Recently we started looking at our to-go cup situation, to determine the option which is the best for our planet. We do not currently have the ability to recycle waste, so we encourage use of our in-house mugs or your reusable cups for our beverages. This is not only the “greenest” option but also the most pleasurable. However, we know that sometimes you are on the go and need one of our to-go cups.

For decades folks have been debating the merits of paper over Styrofoam. Many companies have done away with foam containers, believing that they are worse for the environment than paper. While on the surface, this may appear true, when considering many factors, recent studies show a surprising result:

  1. Modern paper cups (like those used for hot coffee) are lined with a thin plastic coating that drastically reduces their ability to decompose and, as they do, they off-gas some undesirable gasses into the environment.
  2. Paper cups use about 12 times the amount of water and 36 times the amount of electricity in production, than foam cups.
  3. Due to their thin nature it is usually necessary to use a cardboard sleeve or an entire second cup to help keep hands cooler, thus adding more production costs and waste to the system! Foam is light weight and is a great insulator, so can stand on its own.
  4. Neither lined paper nor polystyrene cups are currently very recyclable, so neither has a distinct advantage over the other one here.
  5. Polystyrene cups are much less expensive than paper cups and can be used for both hot and cold beverages.

After taking into account all of these factors, and considering the complete life of each cup (from creation and use through disposal), the polystyrene (aka foam) cups actually appear to have a smaller impact on the environment. This has led us to take the leap and start to replace our paper and plastic cups with foam cups in an effort to be more “green.”

We will continue to encourage use of our in-house mugs for your drinks. And remember, if you have a reusable cup or tumbler for us to refill, we always offer a discount on your drinks. This really is the best option for the planet. If you need a reusable cup or tumbler, we have those for sale, too.

Below we have listed some of the sites that we used to compile our information. As always, we welcome your input on this!

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Paper or foam for your take out cup

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More New Things Happening at Brewd

It’s that time of year again. Each year it seems to come sooner and sooner.  The ice has broken on the Santa Cruz, the graduates are receiving their diplomas and the winter visitors are leaving.  What to do now???

Celebrate! And now you can continue your celebrations at Brewd. With the addition of our liquor license, we can now serve any adult beverage you please (which means we will stay open later). We do not strive to be a bar. There are already bars in the area. We want to be your community place; the place where people gather to enjoy life together. And if your life includes kids, rest assured that we have plenty of food and drinks to please them. We have something for everyone! In fact, we have a special evening menu to accompany our drink offerings.

Beginning this weekend, we are staying open later to serve you. We will adjust our hours during the week, as needed. And keep a look out to our Facebook page as we add events throughout the summer.

Live music will be returning to Brewd, beginning this weekend! The summer nights just got hotter!

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All Things Spring Writers Read

Join us this Thursday evening, 6:00-8:00 PM, for the “All Things Spring” edition of Writers Read! Elaine A Powers will be our host for the event. Authors will include: Ethel Lee-Miller, Bonnie Edwards, Bee Bloeser, Glenda Taylor, Steve Chaffee, Pamela Alexander, Pat Bean and Mary Hansen.

Doors open at 6:00 PM, for people to order food and drink from our special

Writers Read menu, before the event.

Readings begin at 6:30 PM.

Come early, so you don’t miss a thing!

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March Madness in Tucson

The saying is that March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. Let’s hope so! Here we are in the second week of this crazy month, enjoying 90 degree weather, after suffering through all of those grueling weeks of winter weather.  😉  The timing couldn’t be any better, tho, as the city gets set to host the Annual Tucson Festival of Books.

If you are heading to the Festival this weekend, make sure you take your Festival guide  or download the mobile app. There will be more than enough literary fun to fill both days and you won’t want to miss any of it. And if this weekend isn’t enough for you, Brewd has a couple of other fun book related events this month. (Mark your calendars for the next Writer’s Read, coming March 23rd.)

To make sure you don’t run out of fuel, we will have breakfast burritos, ready to go with your coffee or tea drink. While you’re at it, grab a bottle of water to throw in your bag for later. And remember, you can call ahead to place your order, if you are in a real hurry! For those who are not in a hurry, we have some special cinnamon roll pancakes, just for this weekend! Maybe you should take a few extra minutes and linger over your breakfast, then head to the Festival.

Of course, the madness doesn’t stop this weekend. All of Wildcat nation is alive with Cat fever! While the Wildcat Men’s basketball team works their way through the Pac-12 Tournament, we cross our collective fingers that they will be going to the Big Dance again this year. It’s been a great year so far, for our cardiac Cats, and nobody wants to see it end.

Whether you love reading or basketball (or both, like we do), we hope you will make Brewd part of your fun this month.

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Sharing the Love

Here we are in the season of love. What could be better than sharing all of the love? We had such a great response to our holiday promotion, which allowed our customers to Donate their Free Drinks to charity, that we have decided to continue the practice all year long! At present we are collecting these donations for the same charities as we did during the holidays: Youth on Their Own, Gospel Rescue Mission and Sold No More.
We now wish to ask you, our customers, for input as to which charities we should collect these donations for in the future. We love that we can give back to our community this way, but we would like to make sure we spread the love around to as many groups as possible.

Here’s your chance! Let us know which charities you would like to see on this list.

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