Wolaver’s Organic Ales, the first USDA-certified organic beer brand in the nation, announced Thursday that the company is retiring the brand and ceasing production of all of its organic beers. Read the full press release here.
As pioneers of the organic craft brewing movement, we’ve learned a lot since 1997, and the successes of our brand can be attributed to the loyal, discerning fan base that have enjoyed our socially responsible beers through the years.
However, the rising cost and availability of organic ingredients has made it increasingly challenging to create an affordable product.
The Vermont-based company plans to focus instead on verifying non-GMO ingredients in its other beer brands.
While we will no longer produce the organic, Non-GMO verified beers in the Wolaver’s family, we are currently working with the Non-GMO Project to verify the ingredients of the other brands in our family, Otter Creek and The Shed, and we hope to complete the first stage of the verification process in early 2016.