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Organic, Hot and Spicy is What this Microbrew Gift Set is All About

If you’re searching for that unique gift for someone special, it’s all here in this beautiful bamboo carrying case. A natural fiery microbrew brittle with peanuts and chili, organic Aztec spice dark chocolate bars, and some organic dark chocolate hearts are all natural extras to the front and center Organic Chocolate Stout Beer. For less than $40 the Some Like it Hot gift set is the perfect gift for any time of year.


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Peak Organic Brewing Welcomes Back the Peak Summer Session Beer for Hop Lovers

Celebrate the warm weather and upcoming summer with Peak Organic Brewing's Peak Summer Session. This is truly a beer for hop lovers with a crisp, dry finish. Loaded with citrusy, grapefruity flavors on the front palate, the Peak Summer Session is single hopped and dry hopped with Amarillo hops. It's brewed with local organic wheat and fermented at colder temperatures. Enjoy this refreshing organic beer while it's in season.

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Save the Planet, One Beer at a Time

Sample some of the nation's best organic beers in one location at the North American Organic Brewers Festival June 24-26, 2011. Guests can purchase a reusable, compostable cornstarch glass and tokens to taste a variety of organic beers. The tokens cost $1 and guests will receive a four-ounce taste of their choice. Hours for the festival are Friday Noon to 9 p.m., Saturday Noon to 9 p.m. and Sunday Noon to 5 p.m.

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Celebrating the numerous aspects of sustainability this annual festival will benefit The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the Oregon Food Bank. The emphasis is to raise awareness to the fact that conventional agricultural farming methods, such as fertilizers and chemical pesticides, are one of the leading causes of cancer. This includes leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma and Hodgkin's disease.

In addition to tasting more than 50 organic beers from 34 different breweries around the nation, there will be activities for the whole family to enjoy including live music, sustainability-oriented vendors, organic food, non-profits, a soda garden with complimentary Crater Lake Root Beer for minors and designated drivers, and a children's area with face painting and crafts. There's also an organic cider and organic kombucha.

The 2011 Festival will feature organic beers from: Eel River Brewing Co., Pike Brewing Co., New Belgium Brewing Co., Uncommon Brewers, Alpenfire Cider, Bison Organic Beers and Lucky Labrador Brew Pub.

Join the thousands of beer lovers expected at Portland's Overlook Park at the end June and sample the organic beer of your choice at the nation's most Earth friendly beer festival.

About the North American Organic Brewers Festival

The North American Organic Brewers Festival was established in 2005 by Craig Nicholls, who also founded Oregon's first certified all organic brewery, Roots Organic Brewing Co.

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Be natural – drink naked! A Brewery with Humor and a New Creation – the Açai Berry Wheat

In the spring of 1999, Eel River Brewing Company introduced America to the first certified organic beer: ERB’s Organic Amber Ale. “We thought we were the first certified organic brewery in California,” said Ted. “Turns out were the first in America!” Since then, six more beers have joined the Organic Amber Ale on the shelves of the Eel River Brewing Company; Organic Porter, Organic Extra Pale Ale, Organic I.P.A. (India Pale Ale), Organic Ravens Eye Imperial Stout, Organic Triple Exultation, and Organic California Blonde. More recently, the Açai Berry Wheat joined the family. With organic Açai berries from Brazil, and a flavorful mix of four other organic berries, this light-bodied wheat ale has an added antioxidant boost.

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Introduce Yourself to the Wonderful World of Organic Beers and Brews with an Exclusive Organic Beer Club of the Month

Currently only shipped within California, this Organic Beer Club will send you or that someone special a six pack sampler every month. You’ll have the treat of tasting two different varieties of certified organic microbrews. Tasty and pure, these organic brews offer you only the freshest ingredients. You don’t have to worry about any toxic pesticides or herbicides taking any space in these micro-brews. And special seasonal beers will be featured depending on the time of year.


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Throw a Beer-Tasting Party and Introduce Your Friends to the Great Tastes of Organic Beer

If you’re looking to host a beer-tasting party, why not offer Organic Beer? Now trying to find a good variety of organic beer might have been a challenge a few years ago, but not anymore. And when you’re looking to buy a few good Organic beers where do you start? That’s really the question, because most of these Ales, Stouts, and Pilsners are not well known. How do you know where to search and what to buy?

A quick and simple way to set up an Organic Beer Tasting is to purchase the 10-pack sampler set from Eco Express. It’s only $31.99 and you’ll soon be sampling some of the finest organic brews from micro-breweries around the United States.

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“There are no beer experts, just beer drinkers with opinions.” – Alström Bros (Beer Advocate)

So now that you’ve bought your beer, how do you get ready for the party? First, store it in the fridge (between 45°F and 55°F) upright. Now you’ll want to take the beers out of the fridge before serving, because you don’t want it too cold or you’ll lose the beer’s true flavors. Typically the higher the alcohol content, the higher the temperature and the lower the alcohol content, the lower the temperature. For the stronger beers and dark ales, try to keep the temperature between 55°F and 60°F. For standard ales and stouts, you’ll want the temperature between 50°F and 55°F. And for the lighter beers and pilsners, the temperature should between 45°F and 50°F.

Now that it’s party time you’ll have to have plenty of glassware, and depending on the number of guests you might need to pull out the wine glasses and anything else you have on hand. Just avoid the plastic and paper cups. Most “beer experts” think you should taste the beers from light to dark, but this theory is flawed. Really you’ll want to try the beers from low alcohol levels to the higher alcohol levels, that way you avoid ruining your palette. To cleanse your palette between beers, you’ll want to have water and bread, crackers or popcorn on hand.

[Source: Beer Advocate]

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Warning: If You Try Organic Beer – You Might Never Go Back to the… Other Stuff

Microbreweries across the states are going organic and it makes sense with so much public attention on all things organic. When you think about the original microbreweries and handcrafted beers of yesteryear the farmers didn’t depend on chemicals and pesticides to grow their crops. Their handcrafted ales were naturally organic because that’s how everything was grown back then. So why is it so difficult for some to imagine an organic beer? Getting back into the roots of how beers used to be made, breweries across North America are finding you don’t have to give up on quality to make a great tasting brew. Here are some of the Organic MicroBreweries worth taking a sip from, even a full pint – and some of the brews to try.

Bison Brewing – Berkeley, California
With just the right amount of malt and hops, the India Pale Ale (IPA) is well balanced and has a pronounced caramel, hoppy taste. Another great beer to try is the Chocolate Stout. With a full body, rich texture, and a definite chocolate flavor – it is very tasty. The Chocolate Stout is also the most award winning beer Bison has.

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Butte Creek Brewing – Chico, California
Brewed with premium organic malted barley and hops the Porter is classically rich and robust. This dark ale has a crisp hop start and a smooth chocolate finish. No complaints here.

Crannog Ales – Sorrento, British Columbia, Canada
Formerly known as “Black Wolfhound,” the Back Hand of God Stout is lean in body and powerful in flavor. An unbelieveable bittersweet chocolately flavor with the slightest of coffee tones. From beginning to end, this is silky and smooth.

Eel River Brewing – Fortuna, California
Certified organic, the Açai Berry Wheat is the most recent addition the Eel River Brewing lineup. After introducing this beer to the summer festivals, it was running out faster than their best seller, the India Pale Ale (IPA). It’s a light bodied wheat ale brewed with organic Açai berries from Brazil, and a flavorful mix of four other organic berries. Refreshing on a hot day, the fruity berry flavor is upfront while the wheat holds the backbone.

Fish Brewing – Olympia, Washington
Only available October to March, the Fish Tale Winterfish Seasonal Ale is full-bodied and will warm you up in the winter. After the initial burst of toffee, the citrus notes start kicking in and finally leaves you satisfied after a peach cobbler taste, but without the brown sugar presence.

Hopworks Urban Brewery – Portland, Oregon
The Hopworks Organic IPA is truly a Northwestern classic with its signature light copper color. The hops are big and citrusy in this medium-bodied ale. It’s no wonder this IPA is highly rated with its flavors of grapefruit, pine and florals mixed with a strong dry bitterness.

MateVeza – Chico, California
The earthy aroma of this interesting beer is full of spices and small hints of roots and light grain. Overall this beer is a smooth and easy to drink. A slight hint of smokiness presents itself towards the finish while the mild fruitiness adds to the overall flavor.

Nelson Brewing Company – Nelson, British Columbia, Canada
Unquestionably rich and silky, the pitch black Blackheart Oatmeal Stout has the comforting aroma of semi-sweet chocolate chips, cookie dough, and a bit of vanilla. Some coffee and oatmeal flavors peak through after the strong roasted malt and barley subsides.

Peak Brewing – Portland, Maine
Toasty with a hint of brown sugar, the Peak Organic Nut Brown Ale has a distinctive nuttiness with the sweetness of honey, maple and caramel. The typical coffee accent usually found in brown ales is casually mild and doesn’t deter from the overall beer. Then there’s the Organic Espresso Amber Ale that tastes more like something you can get at the local coffee shop than brewery. It’s full of coffee and espresso flavors with a mixture of burnt caramel flavors. This ale is full-bodied and sweet.

Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing – Santa Cruz, California
Dominated by the fragrance of berries, tart and sweet, the Olallieberry Cream Ale offers an unrelenting sweetness. The presence of the Olallieberry is hard to see unless you hold your beer to the light. Then the purple berry’s existence makes itself known with a slight pinkness. The only sad news is that it’s not being bottled yet, so if you want to try it you better head to the Santa Cruz Mountain Brewery in Santa Cruz, California to sample it.

Wolaver’s Organic Ales – Middlebury, Vermont
A seasonal ale with a great wheat flavor and mellow sign of citrus zest, the Ben Gleason’s White Ale is a salute to local organic wheat grower Ben Gleason. You’ll also find hints of spices such as pepper, coriander, and clove. This golden ale will quench your summer thirst.

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