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Thames America brings organic ale to U.S.

San Francisco-based Thames America Ltd. announced the launch of Scotland's Golden Promise, the "first organic ale to be brewed in anywhere in the world," in several western United States markets.

The beer is produced in Edinburgh, Scotland, by the Caledonia Brewing Co. According to its importer, Golden Promise offers consumers a "zesty character with a floral, fruity aroma and an alcohol content of 4.8 percent by volume."

It is produced with and named after the type of barley bearing the same name. Additionally, organic Fuggles, Golding and Target hops are utilized in Golden Promise's recipe, a Thames America spokesperson reported.

For a beer to be certified "organic," it must contain only barley, hops, yeast and water. Also, all ingredients must have been grown in soils that have been free of pesticides and insecticides for at least three years. After meeting these guidelines, Golden Promise was certified by the Soil Association of Great Britain.

In 1992, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms recognized the brew as organically grown, and approved of its sale in the U. S.
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Title Annotation:Golden Promise
Publication:Modern Brewery Age
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Date:Feb 15, 1993
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