Posts Tagged ‘Organic’

June Events

Friday, June 12th, 2009

dadoprom_helianthusHmmm what to say about the events coming up in June….. I got nothin. There are some good ones on here though so give some of em a try.

North American Organic Brewers Festival           June 26-28
I’m not big on the whole organic movement, but I kinda want to attend this one. To bad I won’t be able too. There are alot of great breweries, and many of the beers on the list look to be herbal, so will be worth it. Admission is free, but if you want to taste it will cost you $6 for a glass to taste with and $1 each for samples. It’s more spendy then other beer festivals, but looks like it may be worth it.

2009 Brewers Summer Games                                  June 20
This one sounds more fun then beer oriented. Cost is free and you get to watch brewers from around Oregon compete. It’s at the Pelican Brewery in Pacific City with all proceeds going to the charities. This is a family friendly event.

Oregon Brews and BBQs                                             June 19-20
This even takes place in the Granary District in McMinnville Oregon. Cost is $5 which includes a souvineer cup. All proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity. Come help Oregon by drinking beer.

Organic Beers

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

sealus1When I first turned 21 I wouldn’t have dreamed of giving organic beer shelf space in the fridge. Don’t get me wrong, I’d tried organic beer shortly after I began drinking, but even if they were green they tasted crappy and cost much more then a normal beer. The reason for this is that organic barleys reacted different to the malting and roasting process. And since you don’t have the chemical concerns with beer like you do fruit they simply weren’t worth even thinking about drinking. It’s 2009 now though and the market for organic beer has grown, and along with it so have the flavorful brews available. The acceptance of some of the more selectively bred crops and the increase in organic material available has helped boost the ability of brewers to produce a high quality organic beer that can compete with non organics.

Deschutes – Deschutes recently released Green Lakes ale. This is the beer that changed my opinion of organics. It’s a very flavorful American Amber, but was brewed with a limited release, so get it while you can.

Fish Ale – Fish Ale are the makers of Fish Tale ale. This is probably the most common organic I see on Oregons beer isles. The flavors aren’t bad, and it’s a very drinkable beer.

Bison Brewing – Bison goes the extra mile and as far as I can tell makes all their beers organic. The varieties available and the flavors of their brews make Bison the top organic brewer in my opinion.

Roots – Roots gets a mention because their fairly local and have heather ale. They are located in Portland Oregon and offer about five or so types of beer.

Otter Creek– Otter Creek is located in Vermont and is known for their organic IPA called Wolaver’s.

Butte Creek – Another California company with a line of organic beers.

Eel River– Eel River gets a mention since they apparently were the first organic brewer to receive the USDA certified label. This doesn’t mean other brewers weren’t organic, it just means they were the first ones to get approval when the USDA passed the label rules.

Laurelwood Brewing – Another Portland, Oregon company that has a few organics available.