Craft Beer Week: The Best Organic Brews (No Fakes)

In honor of American Craft Beer Week, let’s play a little beer-themed round of Two Truths and a Lie, shall we? Take a gander:

  1. The craft brewing industry grew 7.2 percent in 2009 and 11 percent in 2010.
  2. One of the fastest growing segments withing the craft beer industry is organic beer.
  3. Organic beer is made with organic hops.

Answers ready?

The craft beer industry is truly growing — of the 1,759 breweries in the U.S., 1,716 were identified as craft brewers by the Brewers Association. And organic sales are rising quickly, too — between 2003 and 2009, organic beer sales in the U.S. jumped from $9 million to $41 million. But number three — which seems like an obvious truth, right? — is often false. Inna Volynskaya notes:

Until a new law becomes active in 2013, brewers can use conventional hops and still carry an organic label. Why? The USDA believes that organic hops are not abundant enough to meet the demands of the growing organic beer sector.

[...]  According to Mellie Pullman, Supply Chain Professor at Portland State University, ‘Even organic hops may be treated with compounds containing sulfur, copper, and other ingredients that pose threats to the health of both humans and the environment.’

Want to support brewers using truly 100 percent organic ingredients? The following six brands pass the American Organic Hop Growers Association’s muster:

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