Organic Oktoberfest: Celebrate With Organic Beer

Crafting foamy beverages in the spirit of a cleaner environment.

| September/October 2004

  • Photo Courtesy Butte Creek Brewing Company

Lift a pesticide-free pint in celebration of fall’s organic harvest. Taking a cue from more established British organic ale makers, American brewers are crafting foamy beverages in the spirit of a cleaner environment.

Fermenting change

Hops and barley are typically grown using pesticides and chemical fertilizers. “We’re committed to organic, sustainable grain farming,” says Max Oswald of Otter Creek Brewing, which makes Wolaver’s Certified Organic beers in Middlebury, Vermont. “We focus on environmental benefits, but the truth is organic grain is better quality, so it’s a perfect ingredient for craft beer.”

Brews with an organic head:

Check websites to find beers’ availability in your area.

Butte Creek Brewing Company, Chico, California: porter, ale, India pale ale

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