We tasted 26 organic beers to find the most worthy of backyard barbecues and beach bonfires. These three got cheers all around.
1. Best Light-Bodied
Peak Pale Ale
Organic caramel malts give a slight sweetness to this pale ale, nicely complementing the bright, happy body. The Maine-brewed beer pours beautifully, with a light hue and generous head.
2. Best Medium-Bodied
Wolaver's Brown Ale
Dangerously drinkable, this medium-bodied brew from the makers of Vermont's Otter Creek beers has a hint of smokiness to its smooth, malty flavor.
3. Best Dark
Butte Creek Porter
This Chico, California-brewed porter topped the list with a complex yet smooth flavor and notes of coffee, tobacco, and dark chocolate.
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