The Washington Post has an article today (6 May 2008) on organic beers, written by Beer columnist Greg Kitsock.
Some interesting points:
- According to the Organic Trade Association, 2006 sales of organic beers (1% of the craft beer segment) were $25 million, up 32% over 2005.
- Organic malt, according to Hugh Sisson of Clipper City Brewing (Baltimore, Maryland), costs double that of 'regular' malt.
- Until recently, most organic hops came from New Zealand. That is changing.
- According to the USDA, 95% of the dry weight of an organic beer, excluding the hops, must be certified organic.
The rest of the piece: There's a Tinge of Green in the Glass.