In contrast to conventional alternatives, organic beer stands for sustainability in the glass. Ecological refreshment has environmental and health benefits
Author: July Becker
- Organic beer is the ecological alternative to conventional beer
- More and more breweries are offering ecological beers and are switching to 100% organic
- Organic beer has advantages for both health and environmental protection
The Purity Law says
Hops, malt, yeast and water. Only these four ingredients can be used in beer. The purity requirement does not regulate how the hops were grown and whether fertilizers and pesticides were used. Many people who value low-pollutant and ecological nutrition want to buy organic beer. But what exactly is that?
What is the difference between organic beer and normal beer?
Organic beer, which is beer carries one or more of the various organic seals (Demeter, Bioland, Naturland, Organic), may only contain hops and cereals that come from organic farming. Fertilizers and the use of synthetic additives that improve the shelf life of the raw materials are prohibited. Whether a beer is really organic can usually be recognized from the look, as it is cloudy than conventional beer. The reason: no clarification or preservation through pasteurization.
That would also be allowed for organic beer, but most organic brewers do without it, because more Flavors and ingredients are preserved. As a result, ecological beer is often not as long-lasting as conventional beer, but tastes more intense. In addition, there are no additives, Beers with additives must not be labeled "Brewed according to the German Purity Law".
Label for organic beer
- Use of raw materials from ecological and pesticide-free cultivation
- No use of hop extract, only unsulphurized hops and malt
- No synthetic storage protection agents for barley
- Free of additives such as ascorbic and lactic acid, sugar color, sulfur dioxide
Organic beer is more environmentally friendly than conventional beer
Organic beer is not only less harmful to health. With regard to the environment, too, it is worth taking the environmentally friendly option. Best example: Conventional hops grow in a monoculture that requires a lot of pesticides because the soil is much more susceptible to pests. Monocultures only remove nutrients from the soil on one side, which means that more and more fertilizer is required.
For this, hops can grow very well in a permaculture, a cultivation method based on natural ecosystems. Organic beers often use hops from permacultures; organic brewers only process hops grown without synthetic crop protection. All in all, organic beer is much gentler on nature and relies on sustainable and pesticide-free cultivation.
The top 7 organic beers
Organic beer mostly produced by small and regional breweries. The art of brewing and family tradition are preserved. If you like innovative varieties and limited, because seasonal tastes, this is the place for you.
1. Neumarkter Lammsbräu
The brewery Lamb brew from the Upper Palatinate Neumarkt is certainly the pioneer for organic beer and has been relying on “ecological purity law". The raw materials come from regional cultivation, the water from their own mineral source. Lammsbräu also produces the malt itself. The range includes many different types from dark to spelled; There is also gluten-free and non-alcoholic organic beer.
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2. Decker beer
Decker beer has only been around since 2014 and the concept is new: All beers are brewed by hand and with purely natural ingredients in local micro breweries from the South Baden region. So Decker is a brewery network. All breweries do without pasteurization, filtration and coloring agents. Decker Bier is also socially committed.
3. Wild growth brewery
Regional beer from Hamburg: At Wild growth brewery unconventional craft beer is produced for the Hanseatic city. The only Hamburg brewery in complete organic quality. The ingredients come from regional farms and are brewed with 100% green electricity. The modern brewery has been run as a family business by five brothers in Wilhelmsburg since 2014. The range includes many innovative varieties such as wild growth no wheat or Boch O'range.
The little one Privatbrauerei Glossner Neumarkt has existed since 1574, and the 14th generation brews today. Only raw materials from local farmers come into the brewery's various organic beers. In addition to the tasty classics, there are also seasonal specialties such as Dark Organic Radler.
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The Störtebecker Braumanufaktur from Stralsund has six fine beers in the range. For example, the strong, bitter Übersee-Pils and the fruity, tangy amber wheat. With the six-pack "Organic treasure chest”Finding a new favorite beer is particularly easy.
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6. Haderner Bräu
Organic beer from Munich: Haderner Bräu is Munich's first organic brewery. The beers are naturally driven and are produced in small quantities in the traditional way. The raw materials come from small organic farms in Bavaria. The range comprises four types: light, wheat beer, dark and IPA.
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Brewing between Munich and Nuremberg Riedenburger Beer for three decades, since 1994 the first brewery in Bavaria to be 100% ecological. In addition to the usual classics, Riedenburger also has non-alcoholic and a special organic beer Ancient grain on offer.
Conclusion: organic beer means no waiver
Although organic beers only make up about two percent of all beers available in supermarkets, the trend has long since made it into the beverage shelf. If you don't want to neglect health and environmental protection when you work after work, you can choose one of the many ecological beers and don't have to do without a diverse range.