Oregon Brewers Festival Preview: The Case for Organic Beer
From late-night snacking to sleeping through your alarm, big nights out can leave a lot for you to stress over. The last thing you need to worry about is the environmental impact of your beer. Since the 1997 outbreak of the downy mildew fungus, many farmers have relied on the use of fungicides and chemical fertilizer to maintain their crops of hops. These chemicals find their way into the local water sources and stay on the plants as they become the beer you drink.
Luckily, those of us in the Pacific Northwest and California have access to a growing community of breweries who offer chemical-free ingredients, employ sustainable business practices and give workers a healthier work environment.
It is important to note that organic brewers are not compromising taste for green publicity. Makers of organic beer explain that using organic hops and barley actually allows for better control over the fermentation process – which means better tasting beer. These beers are so good that in a mere six years of operation the North American Organic Brewers Festival was able to find over forty breweries to participate in this year’s celebration of sustainable beer.
Don’t take our word for it; here are the 11 different beers made with organic ingredients, six of which are truly certified organic, that will be showcased at the 2012 Oregon Brewers Festival:
Bison Brewing, Honey Basil Ale, Herb and Spice Beer, 6% ABV
Eel River Brewing Co., Climax Extra Pale, American-Style Pale Ale, 5.2% ABV
Flying Fish Brewing Co., Exit 16 Wild Rice IPA, American-Style India Pale Ale, 8.5% ABV
Fort George Brewery and Public House, Quick Wit, Herb and Spice Beer, 5.22% ABV
Hopworks Urban Brewery, Evelyn’s Imperial Sunshine IPA, Imperial/Double India Pale Ale, 7.4% ABV
Laurelwood Brewing Co., Portlandia Pils, Traditionally Brewed Beer, 5.5% ABV
Logsdon Farmhouse Ales, Kili Wit, Farmhouse Ale, 5.5% ABV
McMenamins John Barleycorns, Freewill IPA, American-Style India Pale Ale, 8.25% ABV
Mt. Emily Ale House, Organic Strawberry Honey Ale, Fruit Beer, 5.3% ABV
Old Market Pub and Brewery, Cherried Alive, Fruit Beer, 7.8% ABV
Stone Brewing Co., Dogfish Head/Victory/Saison du BUFF, Herb and Spice Beer, 6.6% ABV
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