Saint Patrick’s Day is quickly coming up – March 17th, and if you’re an adult and planning on going out, or having some friends over for a drink then it’s smart to drink green. I’m not a fan of hard alcohol, so I can’t help you there, but I do like green beer. Not green in color silly, but really green, and by that I mean organic and or sustainably brewed beer. Below are some tips about how to drink greener beer on St. Patrick’s Day.
- Check your local yellow pages online for an organic pub near you, or simply google “organic beer [insert your area].” You’d be surprised how many organic and sustainable breweries are popping up. I’ve lived near green pubs in three different states!
- Look at your grocery store for local organic beer. Even if your town is sans a totally organic brew pub, there’s a good chance that one or two local breweries still make and sell organic beer and wine. Read the label for terms like, “Made in Oregon” or “Made in [wherever you live].”
If you happen to be in PDX (like me) check out:
I LOVE Green Lakes Organic Ale – This is made in Bend, OR at the Deschutes Brewery. It’s Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth and brewed with Salmon Safe Hops. You can find this at local PDX grocers. Also check out…
- Hopworks – excellent organic food and beer, plus family-friendly!
- Laurelwood Public House and Brewery – the first certified organic brewery in Portland.
- Full Sail Brewery – sustainable brewery.
If you’re not in Oregon, see the following links:
- Go to the National Green Pages and type “beer” into their search function to find Green America approved beers and the places that serve said beers.
- The Big “O”—Defining Organic Beer
- 9 of the Best Green Brew Pubs in the U.S.A.
- 8 College-Town Breweries Producing Great, Green Beer
- Organic Beer and Beyond: 10 Eco-Friendly Breweries