With bizarro weather patterns, rising temperatures and a seemingly mad dash toward the end of fossil fuel supplies, many of this planet’s inhabitants would agree that Earth’s environment is in trouble. We know this, and yet, the knowledge can be overwhelming to accept. When I feel the crushing horror of the post-environmental future, I reach for my favorite liquid anesthetic: beer! Ales and lagers, especially the locally brewed craft variety, are great comfort in times when every source of information seems to make the picture worse.