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Green Beers for St. Patrick’s Day

Green Beers for St. Patrick’s Day

Beer and the color green–two great things that are NOT great together. St. Patrick’s Day is known for lots of cool things, but putting food coloring into a glass of foamy, delicious brew is one thing that I’ll never be able to get behind. Why would you take a gorgeous, naturally golden mug of delicious hops and put something so unnatural in it? Not only are food dyes gross, they are not good for you! They have been found to cause hyperactivity in children, who should not be drinking beer of course, but is linked to asthma and cancer in adults.

Now my kind of green beer is the locally brewed and organic kind. The first and best thing you can do is find a local brewery to patronize. Not all of the craft beer makers on this list are organic, but a lot of them are, and the green points you’ll get by drinking beer that hasn’t been trucked from halfway across the country are a bonus.

If you’re looking for some great organic bottled beer, there are many to choose from. Even a few of the big-name brewers are getting in on the act like Miller Organic Amber from Henry Weinhard’s.

Here are some smaller brewhouses, all USDA Organic certified, to look for at your neighborhood bar or market:

Peak Organic Beers, based in Portland, Ore., prides itself on the celebration of local, sustainable agriculture in its production of five different varieties, including a Pomegranate Wheat Ale with Acai and an Espresso Amber Ale. All are USDA Organic certified.

Otter Creek Brewing has been making Wolaver’s Organic Ales in small batches in Middlebury, Vt., since 1997. Brewed with organic malts, hops, special house yeast, and pure Vermont water. Seven brews, including an Oatmeal Stout and Pumpkin Ale.

From the UK, Sam Smith Organic Lager & Ale is made with organic Vienna malt and organic hops from New Zealand. They make a selection of Fruit Beers and Organic Cider, in addition to their lagers and ales.

Eel River Brewing Company in Humboldt County, Calif., advertises itself as the first USDA Organic certified beer in the United States (and maybe the world). Its motto is “Be natural, drink naked.” They have a wide selection from the lighter Blonde Ale to the Triple Exultation Ale–a dark, rich, sweet beer in the tradition of old English ales.

If you really want to be local, try the DIY approach: Brew your own organic beer at home.

Whatever you choose to imbibe, have a Happy St. Paddy’s Day! And don’t drink and drive: Save the Earth and lives by either walking, carpooling (with a designated driver), or taking public transportation.

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Jana Ballinger

Jana Ballinger has more than 15 years of experience as a writer and copy editor for daily newspapers. She lives in a vintage house in Northern California with her husband and an orange cat.

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10:52PM PST on Jan 9, 2014

Your website is for sure worth bookmarking.

Personalized Beer Mugs

12:12AM PDT on May 11, 2013

thanks for sharing.

7:44AM PST on Mar 3, 2013

ty

3:48AM PST on Feb 26, 2013

Thanks

1:42AM PDT on Mar 17, 2012

Yes for organic beer!!!! Cheers!

10:03PM PST on Mar 7, 2012

Anyone know a good place in the Chicago area?

3:43AM PST on Mar 7, 2012

Thanks for sharing.

8:15AM PDT on Jun 24, 2011

Thank you

4:48PM PDT on Mar 14, 2011

Thanks Jana!

6:17PM PDT on Mar 13, 2011

Thx for sharing

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