In an age when solar energy, hydropower, and windmills are becoming far more prevalent than times past, it is not really all that surprising to see craft breweries, vineyards, and even the agriculture industry as a unit turning towards organic products. Whereas in the past these efforts were considered “too expensive” or “less reasonable for mass production”, it is being discovered that organic is precisely what the public wants and this drives businesses to look more deeply at their operations every year.
While some of you may be thinking that organic growing and production isn’t really all that important, to some folks it really is, and that population becomes more apparent every decade. Think back to the 70’s and 80’s when you could find a farmer’s market in nearly every town, or even on the side of the road. While this nostalgic image may seem to be a long gone value among communities, it is back on the rise and going strong.
This trend has led to vineyards and craft breweries looking at more organic options for their operations and has resulted in some outstanding results! While vineyards have been producing organic wine for centuries, breweries have been slower in recent decades to turn to this avenue. Although it was the standard many years ago, new production methods and “advanced” farming practices slowly changed the face of the brewing industry as a whole. In order to find truly organic beer products, people had to hope their local craft brewer used organic resources.
That has changed drastically over the past few decades, with more new craft breweries taking to this venture with fervor. Several amazing labels now exist such as Eel River’s Organic IPA, Samuel Smith’s line of Organic beer products, and Butte Creek’s Organic Porter. These are only a few of the options available on the market today, but they have come about for a very worthy reason. The public simply wants truly organic products.
In addition to public demand, craft breweries have undertaken this task for other great reasons. By turning to organic products they are more likely to source from local community farms for their fresh, organic fruit, barley, and hops in order to provide the great brews they offer. This promotes a strong community tie that goes far beyond the taproom. It helps to create community interest in other Green Earth ventures such as the shift to alternative energies, recycling, upcycling, and several other Earth-friendly changes.
We, here at West Palm Beach Brewery & Wine Vault, hope this trend continues far into the future, as we’re proud to see brewmasters taking their communities views to mind. The effort to work hard with their communities to create a greener, healthier Earth for our future generations is more than admirable and our hats are off to all of them for their hard work.