Organic Beer for St. Patrick’s Day

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St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner and that means there will be a number of parties celebrating the holiday. Of course, many will enjoy the holiday by taking part in their favorite tradition: drinking beer! The more health conscious may cringe at this notion, but there is a way to be a little clean living opening up that bottle of suds.

When people bring up the topic of beer, most people do not equate the beverage with healthy living. But, believe it or not, there are alternatives out there to the traditional brewed beer found on store shelves. Yes, there is such a creature as organic beer and it is quite a better option that its processed “cousin” sold at the local bar.

The difference between organic and non-organic beer is relatively significant. Namely, the natural ingredients in the beer such as barley do not go through the same farming process as other types of beer. Specifically, organic ingredients are spared exposure to numerous toxins such as insecticides and herbicides. Yes, the same toxins used to protect the barley can be very harmful when ingested by human beings. Drinking organic beer will spare you the potential health hazards associated with drinking the store bought beverage.

The problems with non-organic beer are vaster than many imagine. For example, the aforementioned toxins have residual effects that can seriously harm the environment. In fact, a great deal of animal life suffers from exposure to these toxins during the harvesting process. So, when you drink organic beer, you are actually doing the environment a favor!

Ok, so how can you get yourself a mug of organic beer? Well, you could purchase a homemade brewing kit. This is actually a fun hobby enjoyed by many people the world over. Since you are making the beer yourself, no unnatural substances will find their way into the beer. If this is a little too laborious for you, you could always purchase organic beer from a store that carries it.

Some of the more popular brands of organic beer are the relatively low in alcohol content Samuel Smith Organic Ale; Wild Hop Lager which is produced by the world famous Anheuser-Busch; Wolvaer’s Organic Brown Ale which is made in the green mountains of Vermont; and many other fine brews. But, what if you are in doubt as to whether or not a brand is truly organic? Look for the label that says USDA Certified Organic. It is doesn’t have this label and it is not a homemade brand, it probably is not organic.

St. Patrick’s Day can often be a memorable holiday. Why not make it a little more memorable this year by adding organic beer to the mix? You may even convert a number of “traditionalists” into fans of this very different type of beer. And, yes, you would also be helping the environment since organic products are made with the conservation of the earth in mind. And, by the way, organic beer really does taste good, too.

If you like organic beer you can enjoy organic wine too.

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