Locavores rejoice! Er, not for New York’s actual ranking as far as locavore-friendly states go—we’re still pulling a failing grade on that front, sadly. But, we are on the up and up, in part thanks to that most wondrous of beverages: beer.
While it’s been common for U.S. breweries to import farm-grown ingredients from Europe and elsewhere, the forward march of craft brew know-how brings with it a regional pride that demands something grown a little closer to home. The NYBG and The Bronx Brewery took a step in the right direction last year when we started growing hops in our Family Garden, hops that are being used by our brewery friends to make unique local beers.
Now, Brooklyn Brewery is making waves on the wheat and barley front, using grains grown as near as upstate Watertown, NY. At a run of 6,000 bottles, “Greenmarket Wheat” is a small step, but an important one. In time, greater demand for local beer ingredients could be the push U.S. farmers need to grow more wheat, barley, and hops. Click through for more, then schedule a beer distributor detour on the way home from work tonight. —MN