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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
When I told my husband I picked up some green beer, he assumed I meant a brew reserved for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day  (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 , Otter Creek’s Wolaver’s  or Samuel Smith’s Organic Ales and Lagers , to name a few. (But, beware — the USDA does not require that brewers use organic hops for their beer to be labeled organic , 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.
Of course, brewing your own beer  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?
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 New Belgium’s Mothership Wit: http://www.newbelgium.com/beer/detail.aspx?id=047f20db-3d58-4cbb-b4c3-f45c6ed3418d
 Otter Creek’s Wolaver’s: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wolavers-Organic-Brewing/12068153435?v=wall
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