Beer. We love it! On average, Americans consume more than 50 billion pints of the frothy stuff each year. In 2000, Eel River Brewing Company became the first Certified Organic brewery in the nation, and drinking became a little greener. The organic beer industry has really taken off since then, and Eco-conscious beer lovers now have a wide variety of organic brews to choose from. Even the big breweries have gotten in on the action – Anheuser-Busch launched two organic beers of their own, Wild Hop and Stone Mill, in 2006.
To be considered an organic beer under USDA standards, 95% of the beer's ingredients must be non-GMOs and individually certified as organic. Organicbeer is a little more expensive than the average brew, but it also has naturally higher alcohol content. By weight, conventional beer contains an average alcohol content of 3.2% - 5.5% whereas organic beer averages 4% - 8% alcohol.
Do you like to cook with beer? Below is an easy organic beer bread recipe that we've found goes great with hearty soups and stews. This beer bread recipe is so versatile that you can tweak it any way you like by experimenting with different organic beers and the addition of fresh herbs, nuts and seeds from our organic produce department.
Super-Easy Organic Beer Bread
Makes 1 standard loaf or 4 mini loaves
- 2 1/2 cups organic self-rising flour
- 1/2 cup whole wheat organic flour
- 3 Tbsp. raw organic sugar
- 1 – 12 oz. Bottle of organic beer (We prefer a dark beer such as Lammsbräu Organic Pilsner Premium Bavarian Dark Lager)
- 2 Tbsp. Melted butter
- Preheat oven to 375ºF.
- Combine the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Add the beer and mix well to combine.
- Turn out into a lightly-greased loaf pan and bake for 40 minutes.
- Brush the top of the bread with the melted butter and bake about 10 minutes more.