What Is Organic Beer?

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A beer can be called “organic” if it meets the following federal guidelines:

  • At least 95 percent of its ingredients are organically produced (e.g., no GMOs, synthetic fertilizers, pesticides).
  • The brewery must prove that the remaining ingredients were not available in sufficient quantities or qualities in organic form.
  • And these non-organic ingredients must be on the federal Agriculture Department’s list of allowed and prohibited substances.

There is also a kind of super-duper organic certification, called 100 Percent Organic, that means exactly what it says: Everything that went into the product, including cleaning and processing materials, was organic. Such beers are understandably rare.

Finally, there is “Made With Organic…” This certification requires a lower threshold for organic ingredients: at least 70 percent, excluding salt and water.

Read the full article featuring Smart Beer found, Gabriel Heymann, here.