Fair-Trade Toast for Valentine's Day

by Chris   |   January 29, 2009

Want to celebrate Valentine's with your main squeeze without putting the squeeze on poor farmers? Pair up a few morsels of your favorite organic, fair trade chocolate with America's first fair trade beer! Maine-based Peak Organic recently brewed up their first batch of Espresso Amber Ale. It's made with organic malted barley with a generous dose of fair trade certified coffee from their neighbors at Coffee by Design. Fair trade ingredients, such as the coffee in this beer, give a better bargain to the farmers who grow and harvest the crop. But whether this beer brews justice or not, take it from me - a man who studies his beer with diligence - this beer is good to the last drop!

For some fair trade chocolates and the beers to drink them with, see this entry from the the Beer Activist blog: Beer and Chocolate Love Tryst.

Chris O'Brien is Senior Director of the Responsible Purchasing Network and a beer activist.