Drinking locally brewed beer is one of the most eco-conscience decisions you can make as a beer lover and drinking organic beer is another. So it makes sense to combine the two and drink local organic beer for the best Earth friendly beer choice. You'll be supporting breweries that choose ingredients grown without pesticides, fertilizers, insecticides and other chemicals. And by drinking locally you are minimizing the impact of transportation and delivery.
Instead of choosing an imported beer, a local draft will help reduce your beer's carbon footprint. Oil is needed to ship the beer to your local store or bar. Domestic beer travels an average of 1,000 miles between the brewery and you. Think about what an international brew will travel.
Here is a list of organic breweries and brewing companies. Try to find one near you.
FORTUNA, CALIFORNIA – Eel River Brewing Company
Organic Amber Ale was America's first certified organic beer, back in 1999, and it was brewed by Eel River Brewing Company. With the distinction of being America's first certified organic brewery, Eel River crafts their organic beers with organic grains from the Pacific Northwest and Canada and organic hops from New Zealand.
In addition to creating award winning organic beer, Eel River's brewing facility is powered by a 100% renewable energy, biomass power, and the facility is located in a reclaimed redwood lumber mill.
UKIAH, CALIFORNIA – Butte Creek Brewing
Focusing on brewing organic beers with a focus on balance, quality and true hop flavor, Butte Creek Brewing handcrafts award winning Earth friendly organic lagers, pilsners, porters, and ales.
BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA – Bison Brewing
Bison Brewing introduced innovative ingredients such as chocolate, honey, sage, basil, coriander and cranberry to beer's primary water, malt, yeast, and hops. In addition to the Single Hop Organic IPA, India Pale Ale (IPA) and Organic Chocolate Stout sold year round you can seasonally enjoy Pumpkin Ale, Gingerbread Ale, and Honey Basil Ale for a new taste. Currently contract brewing, brewer Dan Del Grande sells Bison organic beer in 12 states (search here to find Bison organic beer near you) and is currently the leading Organic Beer brand in the United States.
SANTA CRUZ, CALIFORNIA – Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing
‘Think Organic, Drink Organic,' is the phrase that best describes Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing. There's a full line-up of handcrafted, microbrewed organic ales including specialty and seasonal brews.
SANTA CRUZ, CALIFORNIA – Uncommon Brewers
Unfiltered and unpasteurized brews: Uncommon Brewers offers ‘Uncommon beer for uncommon people.' Designed to grow over time as they age in a cool place, this organic microbrewery uses sustainability as the foundation for their combination of West Coast innovation and tradition Belgian brewing techniques.
BOULDER, COLORADO – Asher Brewing Company
While utilizing environmentally sustainable and socially responsible brewing practices, Asher Brewing Company is the first all organic brewery in Colorado.
PORTLAND, OREGON – Roots Organic Brewing Company
Founded in 2005, Roots is family run and the first Certified All Organic Brewery in Oregon. Handcrafted traditional and herbal brews are made in a Pacific Northwest style featuring creative infusions of roses, juniper branches and sage.
PORTLAND, OREGON – Hopworks Urban Brewery
Handcrafted organic beers are brewed in a 20-barrel brewery producing only 6,000 barrels each year. They have a wide variety of brews for a newer brewery, having opened in 2008, including their wonderfully balanced Organic Hopworks IPA that won the Gold Medal 2008 World Beer Cup.
OLYMPIA, WASHINGTON – Fish Brewing Company
After the release of their first Certified Organic beer, award-winning Fish Tale Organic Amber Ale, Fish Brewing is currently transitioning all of their beer recipes to Organic form. Ensuring the integrity of their handcrafted brews the commitment to make sure all future beers be Certified Organic has been made.
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – Goose Island Beer Company
In an effort to reduce Goose Island's environmental impact, the Green Line Project was started and the Green Line Pale Ale was created to raise awareness. In addition to learning how to increase brewhouse efficiency and reducing their carbon footprint, Goose Island will be making a donation to the Nature Conservancy's Adopt an Acre® program for every pint of Green Line Pale Ale poured.
MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN – Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
Starting in 1996 with their Lakefront Organic E.S.B. (extra special bitter), Lakefront Brewery was the first certified beer to be labeled in the United States. This ale is brewed using 100% organic malt and hops. Currently, the hops are imported from New Zealand, but a partnership with Wisconsin farmers to grow organic hops has been started. In addition to creating great tasting organic beers, they began making New Grist, a gluten-free beer brewed from sorghum, hops, water, rice and gluten-free yeast grown on molasses.
GRANDY, NORTH CAROLINA – Weeping Radish Eco Farm and Brewery
This craft brewer not only creates unfiltered natural beer drafts, they use refillable bottles. With traditional German beer making at the foundation, the Weeping Radish offers natural beers.
MIDDLEBURY, VERMONT – Wolaver's Organic Brewing
Founded in 1997, Wolaver's produces fine organic ales made with 100% organic hops and malts. They are dedicated to brewing great tasting beers, supporting sustainable agriculture, and minimizing their impact on the environment.
PORTLAND, MAINE – Peak Organic Brewing Company
Dedicated to handcrafted organic ales, Peak Organic uses only the finest sustainable artisanal ingredients.
TORONTO, CANADA – Mill St. Brewery
Creating innovative craft brews, Mill St. Brewery was the first to create an organic lager in Ontario in 2002. With a delicate floral aroma, the Original Organic lager is brewed with imported malt and hops that are pesticide- and herbicide-free.
YORKSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM – Samuel Smith Brewery
A full line of acclaimed vegan organic lagers, ales and fruit beers, Samuel Smith is one of the few remaining independent breweries in England. Fermentation is done solely in stone squares.
MÜNSTER, GERMANY – Pinkus Müller
With origins back to 1816, Pinkus-Muller is currently operated by the fifth and sixth generation of Johannes Muller and Friederika Cramer. A dedication to quality has allowed this brewery to be the world's first brewery to brew with only organically grown barley malt and whole hop blossoms.
If there is an Organic Brewery near you, please let us know so we can add it to our list.