Beer News: Zwickelmania Returns / Kirin Beer Byproducts Become Cosmetic Packaging

One of the best beer events in the nation is returning to Oregon in February. We’ve that, “Words to Drink By” and more.

Zwickelmania Returns to Oregon

February is historically a slow month for craft beer. That’s why the Oregon Brewers Guild instituted Oregon Craft Beer Month and the highlight of that is the exotically named Zwickelmania, an open house-style event that takes the public into brewhouses across the state for tours and tastings.

, Beer News: Zwickelmania Returns / Kirin Beer Byproducts Become Cosmetic PackagingThe event, which takes place this year for Portland breweries on Saturday Feb. 18 and on Feb. 25 for statewide brewers, is named after the “zwickel,” a German word for the sample port found on fermentation vessels. For Zwickelmania 2023 brewers often offer beer samples right from the zwickel, along with specialty beer releases, brewery tours, food and beer pairings and meet-the-brewer opportunities.

“Winters can be difficult for Oregon craft brewers, guild Executive Director Christina LaRue told OregonLive, “which is why we wanted to help spread the word.” And you can get more details about Oregon Craft Beer Month and Zwickelmania at the Guild website.


Words to Drink By

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Kirin Beer Byproducts Become Cosmetic Packaging

Drinks giant Kirin Holdings Company LTD, home to the Kirin Brewery, has partnered with Japanese cosmetics brand Fancl (which they happen to own 33% of) to turn by-products from beer production into makeup packaging.

, Beer News: Zwickelmania Returns / Kirin Beer Byproducts Become Cosmetic Packaging

(Courtesy Kirin Holdings)

According to the Drinks Business Fancl has worked with Kirin’s institute for Packaging Innovation Research in previous efforts “to develop more environmentally friendly plastic materials for its cosmetic products. The goal was to find an alternative to the petroleum-derived polyethylene terephthalate (PET) which was used to package Fancl’s powder foundation refills.

In partnership they’ve found a way to transition the beer’s lees by-product (lees are deposits of dead yeast leftover brewing), and by adding cellulose create a moldable compound similar to plastic but much more earth-friendly.

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