A Hops Loophole
An excerpt from Do One Green Thing / Brewers are permitted to use non-organic hops if they can’t get “sufficient quantities” of organic. If you want to taste a truly 95 percent organic brew, ask companies if they use organic hops, and seek out regional organic microbreweries, which don’t require the quantities of hops that big national companies do. Some biggies, though, such as Wolaver’s and Stone Mill Pale Ale (both found at Whole Foods Markets) ensure that they use organic hops in their organic beers. And two years ago, Kona Brewing Company released Hawaii’s first Certified Organic beer, called Oceanic Organic Belgian Style Saison.