The effort to push back on genetically modified crops is spreading into the beer market place. Organically certified beers have seen an increase in sales during this last recession.  Despite the perceived notion that organic costs more, organic brewers have matched pricing with traditional craft beer makers.  Brands like Sierra Nevada have launched their own certified USDA organic beer brewed from hops grown on land owned by the beer company.  Their price points have matched the pricing of their traditional crafted beers.  The organic beer market is still a very small piece of the overall beer market place, but organic sales climbed from $9 million in 2003 to $41 million in 2009.  Organic brewers like Bison Brewing Company out of Berkeley, California has created a vertical supply chain and has helped their suppliers convert their lands to organic farming in order to ensure a steady stream of non-GMO ingredients.  Organic farming is our first line of defense against genetically modified crops, and seeing the rise of non-GMO beers into the market place is a good thing for all of us.  Here are some of the industry’s considered top tier brands in organic beer:  Elliot Bay Brewing, WA, Eel River Brewing Company, CA, Peak Organic, ME, Sierra Nevada Estate Home Grown, CA, Bison Brewing, CA, Lakefront Brewing, WI, and Fish Tale Organics, WA.

Photo Courtesy: Elliot Bay Brewing


  1. Hi, its wonderful to see the organic realm reaching the “beer” industry! how can i approach companies in my state (NY) to get involved? thank you

  2. We have a right to know what we eat and drink so on that thought I need a list of non-GMO beers.

  3. I just watched a great documentary called Beer Wars on Netflix. Heinekin is owned by Budweiser I believe. Definitely one of the Top 3 (Coors, Miller, Budweiser). I wouldn’t trust them.

  4. Heineken is NOT owned by Budweiser. Heineken actually ranks as the third largest brewer in the world after Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller, based on volume. They do not use any GMOs in their products.

  5. Beer is made from barley- barley is open pollinated. If GMO crops of barley are grown within a radius of non-GMO crops of barley then cross pollination most likely occurs. Many beers are brewed with lots of different adjuncts (ingredients) and too many widely cultivated crops have been Genetically Modified worldwide that it seems like common sense that…well…anything food\drink\air could contain GMOs to some drift. Organic and especially biodynamic farming is the only line of defense unless we want to go extinct.

  6. This is awesome and I’m going to talk with local NYS breweries to request Non-GMO beers.
    BTW if you are in NYS join also if in the Adirondack Mts. of NYS join; facebook gmofreeadirondacks.

    We went to Albany to get the bill passed in June for the labeling of GMO foods which didn’t pass, but hope to get it passed in January 2014. There are petitions out there to sign or take a moment and write to your legislators. It only takes a few minutes. Please help get the bill passed. Thanks!

  7. Yes the food supply in general has reached a crisis point, the root of life is being attacked on a wide scale. We really need to wake up and boycott all GMO, and support additive free food production. The problem with even organically grown food is that the certification has been relaxed, and products with hidden additives are masquerading as safe. So even if a beer is labelled organic, we really need to rely on our own body awareness. GMO affects bones and joints, while neuro-toxins affect muscles and nerves. In addition, alcohol crosses the blood brain barrier and penetrates the deep organs very quickly. What it comes down to is researching and QA the producers directly, if they’re aware they’ll be happy to talk to you.

  8. Thanks John For the list… keep emailing micro breweries( major breweries as well) about their use of ingredients and if they contain GMO’s ..I have sent inquiries to many , most are a no reply , but I’m sure its being heard..and enough inquiries , we might start seeing more GMO free beer… German beers would be a good bet , as they passed german purity laws in the 1700’s , and as I understand , they are gmo free..A couple English brews ..St. Peter’s English ale (oval shaped Bottle)Samuel Smith beers , Whitstable Bay organic beer , to name a few , there are several more , you’ll find some of these at better stocked liquor stores , plus ask the liquor store for more organic beer , most love the inquiries and will be glad to abide..