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Skagit Brew Corner: Eco-Brews for Earth Day

earthday2013Celebrate Earth Day by drinking a toast to Mother Nature’s health with eco-friendly brews. Plenty of Pacific Northwest brewers are working hard to integrate the principles of Earth and Arbor Day into their daily routines. Source your beer ethically and enjoy responsibly. A couple of options for refreshing and tasty brews:

The brew next door: go local with Skagit River Brewery. Support your neighborhood brewery and help cut down on the carbon emissions and pollution of exporting and shipping brews out by enjoying  hand crafted beer from Mount Vernon’s own Skagit River Brewing. Try their classic Sculler’s India Pale Ale, (7.2% alcohol by volume, 120 IBU) marked with a jolly roger, for a punch of hoppy bitterness and dry roasted golden malts. For a solid amber ale, try Skagit “Steelie” Brown Ale for smooth sipping and an agreeable caramel quality that lends itself to pairing with most meals.


Organic beer for Earth Day!

Hopworks Urban Brewery in Portland, OR – One of the country’s premier certified organic breweries is “producing beer as sustainably as possible” and offers an amazing range of tasty beers. This eco-brewpub employs many Earth-friendly measures such as composting, rain barrels, and is 100% renewably powered and carbon neutral. Try their Organic 7-Grain Survival Stout (5.3% alcohol by volume, 35 IBU), made with an array of different grains with international origins: barley, oats and kamut from Egypt, wheat and spelt from Mesopotamia, amaranth from Mexico, quinoa from Peru and finished with cold-pressed Portland roasted Stumptown “Holler Mountain” coffee beans. Savor this mega brew with sharp cheeses, hearty and smoky meals or chocolate desserts.

Posted by Claire

By: Claire

ClaireClaire Harlock Garber loves to eat and drink and write about it. She has worked in the food industry for nearly a decade and was on staff at the Skagit Valley Co-op from 2010-2018, writing the regular columns Skagit Brew Corner, The Cheese Whisperer, The Bounty of Bulk, and What's Dippin' in the Well for the Co-op's blog, as well as articles for the Natural Enquirer newsletter.