Certified Organic Beer

Certified Organic Beer

USDA-Organic-LabelUpon receiving organic certification in 2003, Bison became one of the first fully organic breweries in the world. We converted our business to organic methods because it synced our personal lives with our business pursuits. We integrate our environmental values into our brewery and office operation. Bison’s small staff believes that sustainable and ecologically sound food production is the best way to protect our environment, save energy and ensure the sustainability of American farming.

bison chocolate stoutBut, if our organic beer wasn’t tasty (and award-winning), we wouldn’t still be around. But WHY we brew organically is important to us.

All of Bison’s beers are organic, not just one or two labels to make us feel good about ourselves and bluster about our green credentials.  We are certified organic by the CCOF, Santa Cruz, CA. Certified organic means that agricultural products have been grown and processed under USDA national organic standards and independently certified.

What drives us to brew organically is the real prize of organic agriculture—barley.  Acres and acres of barley. Hops are just lipstick on beer (very gorgeous lipstick, mind you), but the main ingredient, malt, is the thing that really has an impact on sustainable and ecologically sound food production.  Organic products, from field to consumer, are the best way to protect the environment, save energy, and ensure sustainability of American farming.

Converting Organic Farmland

football-fieldA restaurant or bar choosing to buy sell one 15.5g keg (7 cases for retail establishments) of organic beer a week causes a farmer to convert one footbal field of farmland from conventional to organic agricuture. Each consumer who chooses a 6-pack/week of organic beer, causes a farmer to convert 1,700 square feet of farmland from conventional to organic agricuture. That is the size of many suburban homes, or twice an average apartment.

That is HUGE impact, and we have the numbers to prove it.

Stance Against GMO’s

certified_ccof_organic.pngGenetically Engineered ingredients are insidiously working their way into almost every foodstuff in the supermarket. What is the long term consequence of this on human health and the environment? Nobody knows. Eating and drinking organically is the only way to avoid GMOs. As a USDA and CCOF Certified Organic Brewery, Bison can GUARANTEE that our beer is GMO-free.