What is an organic beer? The USDA standards for organic beer are the same as those for organic foods: ingredients must be grown without toxic pesticides or synthetic fertilizers in soil free from chemicals for at least three years, and genetically modified ingredients are not allowed. Organic certification for beer is broken down to three primary levels (based upon Oregon Tilth guidelines):

  • 100% Organic means the product contains 100% organically produced ingredients, excluding added water and salt. Any processing aids used must be organic.
  • Organic means the product uses at least 95% organic ingredients, excluding added water & salt.  
  • Made with Organic Ingredients means the product contains at least 70% organic ingredients, excluding added water and salt. The product may contain organic and non-organic forms of the same ingredient, i.e. hops & malts.

Some breweries take the effort to get certified; others do not. We have categorized each product at this festival according to the organic tier in which they fall. An asterisk next to the producer indicates they are 100% Certified Organic and lists the certifying organization.

Our overall goal is to encourage more breweries to consider brewing organic now and in the future!

The 2017 participating breweries will be announced in the spring; if you are a brewery wishing to participate, please email chris @ organicbeerfest.org.

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