ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina brewery is dropping its federal organic certification because of difficulty in finding organic hops and other ingredients.
The Asheville Citizen-Times reported (http://avlne.ws/Z8tOXo) Pisgah Brewing of Black Mountain is dropping its organic certification from the U.S. Agriculture Department.
Pisgah Brewing President David Quinn says the USDA changed its requirements for organic certification about five years ago and no longer has an exception for breweries that use non-organic hops.
He says Pisgah Brewing had to become 100 percent certified organic or drop the USDA organic symbol.
Pisgah has made the organic certification part of its brand since the brewery opened in 2005. Most of Pisgah's beers are sold on draft. Quinn says the brewery will discontinue using the USDA organic seal on its growler bottles.
Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, http://www.citizen-times.com