In contrast to conventional alternatives, organic beer stands for sustainability in the glass. The ecological refreshment has advantages for the environment and health
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Author: July Becker
Organic beer is the ecological alternative to conventional beer. More and more breweries are offering organic beers and are converting their operations to 100 percent organic. Organic beer has benefits for both health and the environment. We explain what the Purity Law is all about, what is special about organic beer and introduce you to the best brands.
What does the Purity Law say for beer?
Hops, malt, yeast and water. Only these four ingredients are allowed in the beer. However, the purity law does not regulate how the hops were grown and whether fertilizers and pesticides were used. Lots of people who value a low-pollutant as well as ecological nutrition therefore want to buy organic beer. But what exactly is that anyway?
The difference between organic beer and normal beer
Organic beer may only contain hops and grains that are organic Growing comes from. Fertilizers and the use of synthetic additives that improve the shelf life of raw materials are prohibited. You can usually tell whether a beer is really organic by its appearance, as it is cloudier than conventional beer. The reason: The lack of clarification or preservation through pasteurization.
Although this would also be allowed with organic beer, most organic brewers avoid it because it preserves more of the flavor and ingredients. As a result, organic beer often does not last as long as conventional beer, but tastes more intense. In addition, there are no additives. Beers with additives are not allowed to bear the label “Brewed according to the German Purity Law”.
Labels and seals for organic beers
- Use of raw materials from ecological and pesticide-free cultivation
- No use of hop extract, only unsulphurized hops and malt
- No synthetic storage preservatives for barley
- Free of additives such as ascorbic and lactic acid, sugar color, sulfur dioxide
- Organic seals from Demeter, Bioland, Naturland, EU or DE Bio
Top 10 brands for organic beer
Organic beers are mostly produced by small and regional breweries, which preserves the art of brewing and family tradition. If you like innovative varieties and limited, seasonal flavors, this is the place for you. Here are our top 10 brands for environmentally friendly beer:
- Neumarkter lamb brew
- Decker beer
- Wild growth brewery
- Harderner Brew
- Liebhart's private brewery
1. Neumarkter Lammsbräu
The brewery Lamb brew from Neumarkt in Upper Palatinate is certainly the pioneer for organic beer and has been relying on an “ecological purity law” for over 30 years. The raw materials come from regional cultivation and the water even comes from our own mineral spring. Lammsbräu also produces the malt itself. The range includes many different varieties from dark to spelled; There is also gluten-free and non-alcoholic 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.
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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 with completely organic quality. The ingredients come from regional farms and are brewed using 100 percent green electricity. The modern brewery has been run as a family business by five brothers in Wilhelmsburg since 2014. The range contains many innovative varieties such as Wild Growth No Wheat or Boch O'range.
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The little one Glossner private brewery from Neumarkt has been around since 1574 and is now brewed by the 14th generation. The brewery's various beers only use raw materials from local farmers. In addition to the tasty classics, there are also seasonal specialties such as dark organic shandy.
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One key challenge is Störtebecker brewery from Stralsund, in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, has a manageable range of fine beers on offer. Among other things, the strong, bitter Übersee-Pils and the fruity, tangy Amber-Wheat. The organic beer company also offers the six-pack “Organic Treasure Chest,” which makes it easier to find a new favorite beer.
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6. Haderner Brewery
Organic beer from Munich: Haderner Brewery is Munich's first organic brewery. The beers are naturally brewed and are produced in small quantities in a traditional, handcrafted manner. The raw materials come from small organic farms in Bavaria. The range includes four varieties: light, wheat beer, dark and IPA.
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This player does not come from Germany, but it always causes a stir and should therefore not be missing on this list: Brewdog. With its equity punk model, the Scottish brewery wants to revolutionize the beer industry. The company was founded in 2007 by James Watt and Martin Dickie, who were bored with Britain's uninspired beer scene. Since then, BrewDog has also financed itself through crowdfunding and has implemented innovative and unique projects that not only result in delicious beer, but also in the promotion of sustainability.
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Brewing between Munich and Nuremberg Riedenburger Beer for three decades, since 1994, as the first 100 percent organic brewery in Bavaria. In addition to the usual classics, Riedenburger also offers non-alcoholic beer and a special organic beer made from ancient grains. The brewery relies on regional organic raw materials and uses them to produce natural and naturally cloudy beer.
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One key challenge is Wolfcraft Brewery stands for responsible and unadjusted art of brewing. The beers are brewed according to a centuries-old tradition and do not use any additives such as hop extracts. The Munich brewers make the beers by hand. Due to the up to five times longer maturation time than in industrial production, all beers have a unique taste. Wolfscraft currently has four different types of beer in its range: A light, a fresh pils, the super lager and an alcohol-free variant.
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10. Liebhart's private brewery
Whether pale ale or GHB: The Detmolder Liebharts private brewery creatively reinterprets brewing tradition. The range of organic beers is exceptional and broad. From classic pilsner to lager to spelled beer, everything is available. In 100 percent organic quality and with a lot of love for the art of brewing, the raw materials and nature.
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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.
Hops can grow very well in permaculture, a cultivation method that is modeled on natural ecosystems. Environmentally friendly beers often use permaculture hops; Organic brewers only process hops that were grown without synthetic plant protection. Overall, organic beer is much gentler on nature and relies on sustainable and pesticide-free cultivation.
Although organic beers only make up around two percent of all beers sold in supermarkets, the trend has long since made it onto the drinks shelf. If you don't want to neglect health and environmental protection when drinking a beer after work, you can choose one of the numerous organic beers and don't have to miss out on a diverse range.