Consumers are showing a growing interest in organic products grown without chemical pesticides and herbicides; organic beers and lagers are no exception. There are a growing number of organic breweries, but as recently as 1998, there were only two brands of organic lager brewed in the UK. These days, consumers have more choice and aren't limited to foreign organic beers and lager. The slow growth initially of organic beers in the UK was due to the difficulties in sourcing organic hops, it is notoriously difficult to grow hops organically, even today breweries still use some organic hops imported from New Zealand.
The demand for organic beer, lager and cider is substantial and supermarket shelves now feature some organic products. A specialist supplier however will have a wider range of products many of which you would not find on the high street. Organic hops have a stronger, more pleasant aroma and this is reflected in the quality of organic beers and lagers. As with conventional beers there are a variety of styles from bitter beers, to dry and hoppy or aromatic, and the regional variations and character are huge.
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