Toast Earth Day With Shooting Creek Brewery

If you know me, you know I rarely have trouble finding a reason to toast any good day with a good beer.  Earth Day, coming up on April 22nd, a day designed to celebrate the earth’s natural environment and to raise awareness of environmental issues, would definitely be a worthy one.  Ok, now add the good beer and one appropriate event, and everything’s perfectly in place.  As part of an Grandin Village area Earth Day celebration on April 17th, nearby Shooting Creek Farm Brewery will be bringing a few of their fine beers for a tasting at Roanoke’s Natural Foods Co-op.  I’m sure the thought process was that Shooting Creek, being a farm brewery, fits the celebration well, growing several of their beer’s ingredients on site.  Brett Nichols of Shooting Creek recently said at a tasting at the Wine Gourmet that their aim is to have at least one ingredient in each beer produced be something directly from the farm.  Shooting Creek is also looking into growing their own hops and also having all their beers become bottle conditioned in the future.

The idea of the farm brewery is definitely something that has always appealed to me, whether from the standpoint of greater control over the end product or the idea that the brewery is at least one of the responsible parties from an agricultural sustainability standpoint.  Maybe it’s the just the romantic idea of growing what you put in your product right in your own back yard.  Either way, it sounds like a good idea to me, and certainly fits into the Earth Day celebration.  Plus, if you’ve had the Shooting Creek beers before, it’s a pretty tasty idea too.  Potential beers making appearances for tasting will be Shooting Creek’s Farmhouse Stout, the Rebel Ale, the Buffalo Brown Ale, and their Capsicum Stout.

Roanoke Natural Foods Co-op Site

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~ by thebeerroad on April 4, 2010.

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