Saturday, January 14, 2012

Independence Brewing Wins National Award

Independence Brewing of Austin, TX received a 2012 Good Food Award for their Convict Hill Stout at an awards ceremony that took place in San Fransisco last night. 

The Good Food Awards, now in its second year, grants awards to outstanding American food producers and the farmers who provide their ingredients in such categories as beer, charcuterie and spirits. The Good Food Awards seal, found on winning products, assures consumers they have found something exceptionally delicious that also supports sustainability and social good.

Selected from over 900 entries, Independence was the only Texas brewery in the list of 18 finalist which included well known craft breweries such as Alaskan, Brooklyn, New Belgium and Victory.  In order to be eligible for a Good Food Award in the beer category, brewers must meet the following criteria:

• Practice water recycling and other resource conservation
• Support local communities
• Source ingredients locally when possible
• Make an effort to seek out ingredients that are free of synthetic inputs, including pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and fertilizers.
• Do not use any artificial ingredients or GMOs.
• Seek to know their suppliers and customers in order to support and promote sustainability

“Breweries should be a reflection of their community, and Independence Brewing is a reflection of Austin,” said Independence co-founder Amy Cartwright. “With creative tenacity we strive to responsibly produce the absolute best in our field while working with fellow farmers, business owners and non-profits to build a thriving community.”

Congratulations to the crew at Independence Brewing.  Convict Hill Stout is available at various locations around town including Spec's, HEB and Whole Foods.

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