The World Cup is on at the moment (go Socceroos!) so what better opportunity to try some organic beers! I know that most matches are shown very early in the morning in Australia, so maybe wait for the evening recaps!
What is Organic Beer?
Beer is primarily made with Barley and Hops, but some beers also use Wheat, Rice, Buckwheat, Maize and even Soybean.
Conventionally in the production phase of growing these grains herbicides, insecticides and fungicides and chemical fertilizers are all used to maintain the crop. Obviously the use of all these chemicals can pose threats to human health and to the ecosystem as well.
Organic Beer in Australia follows the guidelines put out by the Australian Certified Organic
Organic systems work in harmony with nature, keeping harmful chemicals out of our land, water and air, creating a healthy environment rich in wildlife, woodlands and nutrients.
The organic standards place great emphasis on building and maintaining healthy soil, nutritious crops and animal welfare.
You all probably have seen their logo as well on products that have been certified Organic.
Organic beer offers the environmentally conscious consumer a better alternative. The benefits of buying organic beer are clear, in the host of harmful substances not introduced into the environment and into our food system. Making beer with organic grains supports a farm system that enhances soil fertility, increases species diversity, conserves water and produces fewer greenhouse gases.
Australia has a number of beers and ales that are certified, or are in the process of certification such as:
- Barossa Valley Brewing – Organic Ale
- Mountain Goat Beer – Steam Ale
- Koala Beer – Burragumbilli Organic Lager
- Steel River Brewery – Virgin Blonde Organic Lager
- William Bull Brewery
- Redoak Boutique Beer – Organic Pale Ale
- Barefoot Brewers – Radler Beer
New Zealand also has a great range of organic beers that I just *have* to include as well!
ABC Radio National did an interview in early 2010 with David Bonighton (Brewer at Mountain Goat Beer) and Ian Portland (Managing Director at Steel River Brewery) discussing whether Australian palates need to be re-educated to appreciate the true flavours of traditional beer?
The growing world of craft and organic beers is just blossoming but if you are interested in taking the plunge and making your own home made beer, check out The Greening of Gavin and his article about his Eco-Beer! I am not a huge beer drinker but ginger beer does sound intriguing!
Remember to drink in moderation and NEVER drink and drive! We want everyone to have a good time. oh and if you didn’t already know this, don’t give alcohol to animals regardless of how laid back they are!