In the current climate of GMO labeling issues, waning biodiversity, and increasing efforts for more transparency in food and drink, it should be no surprise that the organic movement has come to craft beer.
Sourcing organic hops and malt can add up to 40% to a brewer’s cost of ingredients (aside from the time and effort it takes to gain official organic certification) though brewers have largely eaten that chunk of margin to make their organic beers price-competitive.
Organic beers are a tiny segment of the craft beer market, but they’re growing. Locally, Summit’s Hopvale Organic has gained a nice foothold, and Bang Brewing’s organic ales have a dedicated following. Time will tell if the demand for organic beer make the costs worthwhile in the long run.