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Most people don’t realize that all beer was organic until the 19th century. In fact, historian Gregg Smith points out that organic beer-like beverages go all the way back to the ancient Mesopotamians, who would store “liquid bread” for later use. But modern organic beer didn’t debut in the United States until the mid-1990s.

The stigma traditionally associated with anything organic – beer included – has always been very average to poor taste. That’s not the case anymore. Aside from being better for your body and better for the environment, modern organic beer tastes pretty darn good, too.

There are two primary levels of certification for organic beer. “100 Percent Organic” is the highest level, brewed completely from organically produced ingredients.

“Organic” is the next level and includes most organic beers. These must be brewed from only 95 percent organically produced ingredients. The other five percent must not be available in organic form.


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I love beer to death! I like it so much I’d take it over any bottle of liquor or wine any day of the week. So, how do I pick my stand-by beers? I use a simple motto: “Keep It Simple Stupid.” One really simple way to make sure you’re getting a great beer is to go with a Trappist beer.

What makes a Trappist beer so special? Well, to be called Trappist they must follow a number of strict criteria. The beer must be brewed within the walls of a Trappist abbey, by the monks themselves or under their supervision; the brewery must be controlled by the monastery; and finally the purpose of the brewery is not to make a profit but to make income that takes care of the livelihood of the monks and the upkeep of the abbey site.

Of the Trappist Ales we carry, hands downs my number one choice would be either the Westmalle Trappist Ale Dubble or the Westmalle Trappist Ale Tripel. The Westmalle monks have been brewing beer for more then 200 years and they are one of only seven Trappist breweries in the world. These beers have scored 99 points from Ratebeer.com and the Beer Advocate gave them both an A-. I am going to put the Dubbel on sale for $8.99 and the Triple on sale for $9.99 a bottle. Don’t want to be disappointed? Grab a few bottles of these guys and you won’t be.

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