A list of regenerative and sustainable alcohol, spirits, wine, cider, beer and perry brands supporting small holder regenerative farming and agroecology. Harvested equitably and produced ethically.
While the rise of regeneration in the food movement seems to be making its way to the fore, there are threads of consumption beyond the ingredients for our meals which often get ignored. One of those threads is alcohol, which can be a byproduct or crop cultivated through regenerative farming and agroecology, especially agroforestry.
A few years back I shared a ‘guide to sustainable alcohol‘ which looked at the lack of labelling and transparency for most alcoholic drinks and the issues with drinking non-organic beverages whose crops were drenched in pesticides .. This year I’ve carefully gathered a short (but ever growing and constantly updated list) of alcohol brands produced from local ingredients farmed regeneratively and harvested equitably.
Sharpham Wine ( UK ) relying upon wild yeasts, Sharpham’s wines are wild fermented with grapes hailing from regenerative agriculture practices.
Tinwood Estates ( UK ) English Sparkling Wine produced through Agroecological land practices.
Winding Wood Farm ( UK ) is a regenerative farm harvesting crops to create English Sparkling Wine keeping itself purposefully at a small scale.
Bonterra ( Northern Pomo Territory ) using Biodynamic regenerative farming practices, designed to promote and enhance biodiversity and biological activity in the soil, Bonterra is creating wine which regenerates soil.
Wilding (Devon, UK) using traditional cider apple varieties, and ancestral methods of cider making, and holistic planned grazing as part of agroecological farming.
Burrow Hill Sparkling Perry ( Somerset, UK ) Since 1989 the Temperly family have been distilling award winning cider into Somerset Cider Brandy. Pesticides are never used on the farm, the orchards are scattered with bee hotels and plant borders to protect the bees, and sheep are used to graze the orchards until the apples start to fall in autumn.
Persephone Brewing (Squamish Nation) Producing the finest quality craft beer (15+ awards including a Land Award from the Real Estate Foundation), Persephone’s “farmhouse” approach integrates onsite farming in support of local food security, regenerative agriculture and amazing beer.
Beau’s (St. Lawrence Iroquoians‘ Land ) family-run craft brewery running on 100% green energy. They use certified organic malts and hops grown regeneratively and local spring water to produce their beers and are the first BCorp certified beer brand in the country now known as ‘Canada’.
Gilt & Flint (Devon, UK )make their beer using the finest ingredients from the UK in a truly harmonious circular system. Using organic barley and wheat grown in the UK which is fed back to the livestock on the farm after the brewing process is complete. The free roaming, organic, gilt pigs living at Haye Farm eat the spent grain and in turn fertilise the farms flint fields. Even the water for the beer is of the finest sustainable standards, coming exclusively from the spring deep within the organic fields.
Blonde Brothers (UK) all ingredients are grown and manufactured in one place. They aim to show how effortlessly agriculture and beer can work together. It starts in the diversity and natural ecology of land, continues with organic and regeneratively farmed ingredients and carries through to localised production.