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Green Beer: Not Just for St. Patrick’s Day

Posted By Ginny Figlar Colón On March 10, 2014 @ 2:40 pm In Green Living | 4 Comments

[1]When I told my husband I picked up some green beer, he assumed I meant a brew reserved for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day [2] (which is strange since I usually don’t even wear green that day).

No, I bought the other kind of green beer: eco-beer — extra refreshing whether it’s March 17 or any other day. I don’t remember ever seeing ecological beer in the States, so I was intrigued when I saw the label while living in Sweden last year.

Turns out the market for organic beer is growing in the U.S., from $9 million in beer sales in 2003 to $25 million in 2006, according to the Organic Trade Association. Today, it’s fairly easy to find an organic beer stocked in most large liquor stores. Look for New Belgium’s Mothership Wit [3], Otter Creek’s Wolaver’s [4] or Samuel Smith’s Organic Ales and Lagers [5], to name a few. (But, beware — the USDA does not require that brewers use organic hops for their beer to be labeled organic [6], so look for that.)

No green brews near you? Don’t worry. You can still drink a little greener, no matter what kind of beer you pick.

  • Choose cans over bottles. Cans are much more efficient when shipping because they are lighter and more stackable. And they’re not just reserved for mass-market beers like Coors and Budweiser. Colorado brewery Oscar Blues distributes all of their brews only in cans [7], and you can even find New Belgium’s Fat Tire Amber Ale [8] in cans now.
  • Drink local [9]. Coloradans, Oregonians, Californians and Vermontians, you have loads of beers produced in your state. Choosing one made close to home, instead of an import, reduces your beverage’s carbon footprint.
  • Buy in bulk. Well, sort of. The principle applies to beer, too, when you fill up a growler at a local brewpub and eliminate packaging [10].

Of course, brewing your own beer [11] with organic hops would be the ultimate in sustainable beer drinking, and someday I hope to try it. How about you? Will you be drinking greener this St. Patrick’s Day?

Related Articles:

The Virtues of Beer: Just in Time for St. Patrick’s Day [12]

Brew-it-Yourself, an Introduction [13]

Is Drinking 8 Glasses of Water Enough? [14]

Catching a Cold? Open a Bottle of Wine. [15]

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[1] Image: http://blog.gaiam.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/greenbeer.jpg

[2] celebrating St. Patrick’s Day: http://life.gaiam.com/article/virtues-beer-just-time-st-patricks-day

[3] New Belgium’s Mothership Wit: http://www.newbelgium.com/beer/detail.aspx?id=047f20db-3d58-4cbb-b4c3-f45c6ed3418d

[4] Otter Creek’s Wolaver’s: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wolavers-Organic-Brewing/12068153435?v=wall

[5] Samuel Smith’s Organic Ales and Lagers: http://www.merchantduvin.com/brew-samuel-smith.php

[6] labeled organic: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/USDA-Organic-Behind-the-Label.html

[7] distributes all of their brews only in cans: http://www.oskarblues.com/about-us/brewery-history

[8] New Belgium’s Fat Tire Amber Ale: http://www.newbelgium.com/beer/detail.aspx?id=7c5b394b-d7b7-486a-ac9a-316256a7b0ee

[9] local: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/Experts-Say-Eat-Local-for-Health-Planet-and-Wallet.html

[10] eliminate packaging: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/3WaystoSlashYourTrashZeroWasteIsRecycling20.html

[11] brewing your own beer: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/BrewitYourself-an-Introduction.html

[12] The Virtues of Beer: Just in Time for St. Patrick’s Day: http://life.gaiam.com/article/virtues-beer-just-time-st-patrick-s-day

[13] Brew-it-Yourself, an Introduction : http://life.gaiam.com/article/brew-it-yourself-introduction

[14] Is Drinking 8 Glasses of Water Enough? : http://life.gaiam.com/article/drinking-8-glasses-water-enough

[15] Catching a Cold? Open a Bottle of Wine.: http://life.gaiam.com/article/catching-cold-open-bottle-wine

[16] Compost Buckets and Filters : http://www.gaiam.com/compost-buckets/09-0069_1.html?extcmp=life_prod

[17] All Food Recycling Compost Kit with Bokashi: http://www.gaiam.com/food-recycling-compost-kit/09-0206_09-0207.html?extcmp=life_prod

[18] Waterwise Distiller with Electronic Monitor : http://www.gaiam.com/waterwise-distiller/01-0482_1.html?extcmp=life_prod

[19] Waterwise Distiller Replacement Filters (6) : http://www.gaiam.com/waterwise-distiller-replacement-filters/01-0483.html?extcmp=life_prod

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