07 May '12, 12pm

Locavore brew: Tapping into beer’s agricultural roots

Locavore brew: Tapping into beer’s agricultural roots

A version of this piece originally appeared in the CUESA Newsletter . All photos by Almanac Beer Co. Wendell Berry has said that eating is an agricultural act, but what about drinking beer? A thirst for fermented beverages may have inspired the world’s first farmers to plant crops some 13,000 years ago, yet today beer is rarely part of the larger conversation about where our food comes from. In California, a handful of local craft brewers are starting to tap into that primitive connection. Taking up the motto “Beer is agriculture,” Almanac Beer Co. works directly with farmers in the greater Bay Area to source specialty ingredients for their seasonal brews. “For most people, beer is what shows up in the bottle or can,” says Almanac brewer Damian Fagan. “We’re trying to create a foundation that beer is rooted deeply in agriculture.” Fagan founded Almanac with Beer & Nosh blo...

Full article: http://grist.org/locavore/locavore-brew-tapping-into-beer...

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