Have an Eco-Friendly Holiday: Beer!

November 20th, 2011 BY jareds | No Comments

Keeping with the spirit of organic booze for the holidays, let’s take a moment to give due respect to the beautifully crafted, delicious organic beers out there. These beers come in a broad range of types and flavors, and can be found at just about any larger grocery store or specialty retailer out there. While they can sure be expensive if you want to find the expensive ones, they don’t have to be. In fact, depending on where you live these organic beers can be comparable in price to the beers from larger companies. The only major differences will obviously be a better flavor profile and a less negative impact on the environment.

If you’re looking for organic beer that won’t come with the price tag you might be expecting, try looking for Fish Tale beers. Fish tale is part of a medium-sized group of beer manufacturers that operate out of the Pacific northwest. Since they’re not just a tiny brewery on its own anymore, Fish Tale can provide its beer with a pretty decent price tag. However, since they’re not part of a major conglomerate, they have a much higher level of quality control. It’s really a give and take kind of thing, but in the end you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how inexpensive it is for the quality you get.

If you’re willing to go a little higher on the price scale for organic beers, then you could also try the organic Samuel Smith’s. It’s a great beer from a well-known brewer, but it is a bit steeper in price than the Fish Tale.

No matter what kind of beer you get for your holiday revelry, remember that you get what you pay for. Most of these organic beers are more expensive because the process they have to undergo to retain their certification is a bit time consuming. It seems that beer has lost a bit of its standing as a “luxury” item, and as such it seems like people are willing to buy copious amounts of cheap beer instead of moderate levels of good beer. It’s up to you, but I sure prefer the good beer.