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October 12, 2009

Wolaver's Organic India Pale Ale

I never full understood what it means for a beer to be organic. Food is more obvious to me, no pesticides and whatnot. But how does organic beer work? So a quick trip to Wolaver's website clarifies things a bit:
Organic certification is a guarantee that our beer and its ingredients were produced without the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, or genetic engineering. Decades of evidence demonstrate a wide range of environmental damages caused by these practices. Pesticides find their way into target and non-target species, working their way up the food chain through insects, fish, birds, and mammals, with devastating effects at the individual, species and ecosystem levels. Chemical fertilizers drastically alter the nutrient balance in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, causing soil nutrient depletion, microbial community disruption, invasive species spread, algal blooms, hypoxic aquatic kill-off, trophic collapse, and eutrophication. Furthermore, organic farming is a critical tool in mitigating global warming. Studies show that organic farming practices significantly increase the soil’s carbon sequestration rate by preserving proper nutrient balance. And organic farming is typically less mechanized and less dependent on manufactured inputs, meaning it uses less fossil fuels and emits less greenhouse gas than conventional farming.

Anyways, onto the beer itself! The only other organic beer that has struck a chord with me is the Peak Organic Espresso Amber Ale which is excellent, but that's not to say that the Wolaver's IPA isn't good. That seems to be the problem with the organic beers I've tried so far, most of them are just good.

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