Organic Beers – What Do You Think?

No, this isn't another survey but please leave a comment if you'd like. What are your thoughts on organic beer? Do you go out of your way to find it? Have you ever had it? Would you try a new beer because it was organic? Is organic just a bunch of crap (which is, of course, organic)? Would you stay away from organic beer because you think it would be overpriced for no good reason? Other thoughts?

The reason I'm asking is that I'm drinking an organic beer right now and I've also been to Orlando Brewing a bit lately which is all organic. That, and I figured I should get a post out before I go out of town for a few days to watch my friend Beverly kick ass doing an Ironman this weekend (feel free to leave her a comment and wish her luck).

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3 thoughts on “Organic Beers – What Do You Think?

  1. With the rapidly growing market for organic products brewers would be missing the boat if they didn’t offer organic alternatives. I don’t go out of my way to seek organic beers and they make up a very small percentage of what I drink. I have, however, tried several organic brews and have found them uniformly outstanding. Examples that come to mind include Samuel Smith’s, Wolaver’s, and Pisgah as well as Orlando Brewing (took a tour while visiting Orlando last summer and loved the beers.)

    The organics I’ve tried aren’t priced any higher than other craft beers. If I saw a new organic I’d be tempted to buy it because my experience with other organic beers has been positive.

  2. I’ve yet to try an organic beer that I didn’t like, but I certainly wouldn’t go out of my way to get one. That would cut out a number of beer styles that I enjoy from breweries I like. As good as organic food and drink may be for you, it limits your options greatly. As far as beer is concerned, organic seems to be priced competitively with other craft brews. It’s only compared to stuff like Bud Light that it seems expensive. Organic food is a whole other story, and I’m not willing to pay 10x the price for something like an apple.

  3. As someone who eats a lot of organic food, I also try organic beers when I come across them – although since I live in Ontario where the government controls what beers we can and cannot buy, I haven’t had a chance to try very many of them.

    I’ve generally enjoyed the ones that I’ve tried, but I really don’t think that the fact that they used organic ingredients had a lot to do with the quality of the finished product. While I find that the flavour and quality of organic produce (i.e. unprocessed fruits & veggies) tends to be better than non-organic, the differences in processed organic vs. non-organic foods are much less obvious. If the organic versions are superior, it usually has more to do with the fact that they tend to be made by smaller companies that put more care into their products. I think the same can be said about organic beer.

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