Gary, under a file with the special code name "Special report from correspondent Gary Rith", gave me the heads up about a flap over at least one beer claiming to be "organic":
I tried Green Valley Brewery's Organic Wild Hops beer and reviewed it here a few months ago. I had seen it advertised, tried it and liked it. Then I looked it up - Green Valley brewery is a front for Anheuser Busch, there is not really any such brewery.Frankly, I have a wee bit of an issue about organic of anything when it is coming from a mass produced industrial scale anything. Don't get me wrong - I have a compost pile, I leave the dandelions in the lawn with the best of them and I am all for saving the microbes - especially those in blue cheese. But I mean what is the point about an organic beer that is driven by truck 4,000 miles to the point of sale? One beetle saved at the farm is just swapped for 10,000 killed along the roadway. I am more interested in local and real ale myself.
There is a fresh and new stink rising from this product: do they really use ORGANIC hops, and why is Budweiser twisting the republican administration arm to say that it is? Our friend at Beer Activist writes about this rather well, and links it further to an excellent article in the LA Times.
If Bud had simply called it "Green Valley Lager with some wild organic hops by Budweiser" I would have enjoyed the product and the honest outlook.
But, like Gary noted in his original post, Ms. Special Correspondent and many like her do prefer the organic label when they are confronted with choice. So do any of you like organic beers particularly and would you buy them in preference to anything else. And here a some posts which refer to "organic" - do they represent any particular theme or quality?