Friday, June 29, 2012

Organic Beer Fest


The North American Organic Beer Festival is this weekend at Overlook Park in Portland.  The event, one of the season's best, starts today and continues through Sunday.  Overlook park is a lovely setting for the festival and with the explosion in organic ingredients the beer selection and quality should be excellent.

One caveat, however, to be organic in beer you need only to use organic malt not hops.  Organic hops are still hard to come by but it would be interesting to know if there are any beers at the festival that use both organic hops and malt.  

2 comments:

Mike said...

Breweries declare the percentage of organic ingredients by weight on their application to enter. I assume this information is shared at the fest, but could be wrong.

Jack R. said...

Asher Brewing Co. of Boulder, Colo., reports to be:
o Colorado’s First All Organic Brewing Company
o USDA Certified to be more than 95% organic

Reportedly, the organic hops [Nelson Sauvin?] is imported from New Zealand and the limited hops variants limits beer styles.

The brewery reports the organic hops imparts a unique, cleaner tastes and promotes a longer shelf life.

Asher distributes only in kegs in Colorado; ergo, no surprise I do not see them on the North American Organic Brewers Festival Beer List.