December 27, 2008

Organics and their beer

I have never intentionally dallied into organic foods. Call it apathy or laziness and you'd probably be correct. I haven't ever concerned myself with pesticides and preservatives even though I know I should. It might be important to me since I do have a watershed feeding my water supply that drains quite a bit of farmland.

The only aspect of organic (if it is indeed to be included)that I do actively participate would be free-range meats and eggs. I love to eat meat. I am not ashamed of that fact but I do feel empathetic for animals. I do pony up some extra money to buy animal products that are produced from animals that lived a fairly normal life up until we killed them. Sadly that is currently limited to free-range eggs and chicken and free-range hamburger. I should frequent a place like the James Family Farm in Sherman. I don't yet. It's that apathy and laziness again.

But you didn't come here to listen to me whine about why I can't get into organic foods. You came here to listen to me talk about beer. So here is what I am talkin bout:

Organic Beer!

Your choices if you are truly into organic products can be limited but not when it comes to beer. There are truly some quite worthwhile organic beers to be had that really don't taste any different than other craft beers of the same style. That is unless you include the smug satisfactory taste of making the Earth a better place one beer at a time.

You can find some these beers at your local beverage emporiums. I'll reference Friar Tuck's since I am well acquainted with it but try Famous Liquors and/or Party House and if they do not carry organic beers then request them (The caveat being that if you do request them then make sure you become a regular buyer or they will drop them if there is no interest).

Our first beer is: New Belgium's Mothership Wit

This New Belgium's first organic beer and is good if you like wheat beers. It was nigh omnipresent with the Fat Tire and 1554 for a period of time at some of the better-rounded restaurants but I think it has been dropped at some. I do not believe this will be the only organic from New Belgium for long. The brewery itself is doing some interesting things with sustainability at their own facilities. It might be worth drinking their products to support those efforts even if it is one of their non-organic offerings.

The second option (of which I believe some is available at the Tuck) is Otter Creek Brewery's sub-brand Wolaver's. Otter Creek is a brewery in Vermont and, after it was bought by the Wolaver family, it began producing beer that was certified as organic. Their three year-round beers are a Pale Ale, an India Pale Ale and a Brown Ale.

Ther ya go. If you are interested in oragnic foods and were lamenting the fact that you had no beer choices, you can now find several interesting options at your local stores. It is up to you now. Organics don't survive without being proven viable. Buy these beers, request them at stores and restaurants. Share them with friends. Do or Do Not, There is No Try.

1 comment:

KB said...

Hi Gish - Now that the holidays are over we are going to get rolling on re-establishing the Prairie Schooners. We'll probably have a meeting later this month.

In the meantime, there is going to be a beer and food pairing dinner on Jan 11th at Charles & Limeys, across from Vinegar Hill Mall. Four-course dinner, each course paired with a different beer. Appetizers at 5 pm. The cost is $45 per person. That includes tax, tip and all the beer. Please pass the word. Thanks!