Democratic Convention (cars) to run on beer

May 23rd, 2008 | Posted by Real Beer

The Environmental News Service reports the flex-fuel vehicles at this summer’s Democratic National Convention in Denver will be running on waste beer from Coors Brewing.

Molson Coors is donating all the clean-burning ethanol fuel for the fleet of 400 General Motors flex-fuel vehicles to be used for the convention’s transportation needs. The fleet will be for the use of U.S. House and Senate Leadership, DNC officials and state party chairs, delegates, staff, and members of the media.

Coors’ ethanol is not the corn-based variety — it is made from waste beer generated at the Golden, Colorado, brewery, which now produces about three million gallons annually.

General Motors has pledged that half of the vehicles it produces by 2012 will be flex-fuel capable, and two million flex-fuel vehicles are now on the road. The company currently has 11 flex-fuel models for 2008, and more than 15 planned for 2009.

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9 Responses to “Democratic Convention (cars) to run on beer”

  1. av8rbrad Says:

    I think this is a great idea. But isn’t all beer form Coors and Budweiser “waste beer”?

  2. SteveH Says:

    Someone is an old Chicago (ths band) fan:

    Vote for me, vote for me
    I want the nomination for the Presidency
    Vote for me, vote for me
    If I am elected, this is how it will be

    I’ll give Detroit one year
    New cars that run on beer
    Or anything except gasoline

    Hmm… winder if Robert Lamm is lobbying.

  3. theakston Says:

    hmm a valid use for Coors beer at last!

  4. Blue Lion Says:

    Do you have to be 21 to ride in these vehicles?

  5. George Says:

    Molson Coors is donating all the clean-burning ethanol fuel for the fleet of General Motors flex-fuel vehicles to be used for Convention transportation needs. Coors’ ethanol differs from the more common corn-based variety in that it is made from waste beer generated at their Golden, Colo., brewery.

  6. Timmi Says:

    So do the vehicles pass emission standards or breathalyzers?

  7. Heather Says:

    The price of hops has already been driven up by the irresponsible advocacy of using food crops for ethanol, but now they’re wasting hops by putting it in cars?

    Jesus.

  8. Beer Drinker Says:

    Well if it really is waste and it can be used as fuel, then it’s a great idea.

  9. Organic Says:

    Cars running on beer waste? Why not!