Just like conventional food, most alcohol is loaded with pesticide residues, synthetic ingredients and preservatives. Luckily, whether you’re a social drinker, a celebratory sipper, or just need a stiff one to get you through the holidays, there are many better options (and the list is growing). When buying and drinking them, it’s not only better for you, but you are supporting better business, and a healthier planet. That’s something we can all agree to raise our glass to!
Southbook Connect From Niagara, Ontario, this wine is anti-snob and pro-green. Both white and red are made from organically-grown grapes, and red additionally is certified biodynamic. Their bottles are lightweight, sourced locally, and are made from glass collected in the Ontario Bag-it-Back program. Their other wines, including an Orange Wine, are all worth tasting and enjoying.
123 Organic Tequila This organic tequila (Lisa’s personal favourite) is distilled in small batches and made from biodynamically-grown agave. Their bottles are hand-blown from recycled glass and labeled with recycled paper and soy inks. Read more in Lisa’s interview with David Ravandi, 123 Tequila’s founder.
Hanson of Sonoma Vodka This family-owned business makes their organic vodka in small batches, distilled from organic grapes. Enjoy their original vodka or flavours like ginger, cucumber, boysenberry, and espresso. Bonus points for a fabulous label. We appreciate great branding and design almost as much as what’s inside and behind the label!
Frey Vineyards This wine, from Mendocino County, is made not only from organically grown grapes, but without any added sulfites (a synthetic preservative which can induce headaches, sniffles, and other allergic reactions in some people). They’re also the first maker of certified biodynamic wines in the U.S. Extra applause for leadership and setting new standards.
Mill Street Organic This east Toronto microbrewer created Ontario’s first certified organic lager. All raw materials and brewing processes are pesticide and herbicide-free, leaving only a light, crisp, and refreshing flavour, with a truly clean finish. *All Mill St. beer is not created equal, so make sure you only buy and enjoy the Organic labels responsibly.
Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company This family-run craft brewery, located East of Ottawa in Vankleek Hill, Ontario, believes quality comes from using the best ingredients – local spring water and certified organic malt and hops (and no cheap malt extracts or high-glucose corn syrup). We agree. As a fellow founding Canadian B Corp, I would recommend that if you want to drink beer, that this be the brand you stick with for so many reasons. You are basically solving world issues with each sip.
Toronto Distillery Co. Ontario’s first farm-to-table organic whisky and other spirits – both simple, and creative. They distill spirits free of synthetic pesticides and chemicals, and can link each bottle to a specific harvest, and choose to share that information with their customers. All of their spirits are mashed, fermented, and distilled on site in the Junction neighbourhood of Toronto. Cheers to that!
Dulce Vida Tequila Made with 100% organic agave from the Los Altos highlands in the Tequila region of Mexico. Pure, powerful, and free of any additives. Their blanco is perfect for mixing and their extra anejo was the first tequila that made me really understand what good tequila tasted like. If more of us demand organic labels, we can bring this brand back to Canada (it was listed at the LCBO for a short while). Let’s work together on this!