Outdoor Gear Company Patagonia Brews Up a New Sustainable Beer

first_imgStay on target You might turn to Patagonia if you were in the market for a rugged duffel or a breathable, waterproof jacket. But did you know you can also turn to Patagonia if you’re in the mood for an ice-cold beer?You most definitely can. Like many of Patagonia’s other products, the beer that bears their name was crafted with sustainability in mind.If an eco-friendly beer is your goal, traditional annual grains aren’t a great choice. That’s why Patagonia turned to the Land Institute in Salina, Kansas. They’ve developed a perennial grain called Kernza.The Long Root Pale Ale is made with organic Chinook, Mosaic and Crystal hops, and the Long Root Wit is brewed with coriander and orange peel. (Photo Credit: Patagonia Provisions)Kernza develops dense roots as long as ten feet, which helps prevent soil erosion. It doesn’t require as much water and also does just fine without pesticides or fertilizer and sequesters carbon.The downside is that Kernza wasn’t something that brewers had any experience with. Fortunately, craft brewers tend to love experimentation.Patagonia found a willing partner in Portland’s Hopworks Urban Brewery back in 2016. It took a big of figuring, but eventually Hopworks landed on a recipe that checked all the boxes. The original Long Root Ale has received plenty of positive reviews from beer drinkers over on Beer Advocate.This week, Hopworks and Patagonia unveiled their second brew. It’s a Belgian-style wit that marries the traditional coriander and orange peel with the decidedly untraditional Kernza.Patagonia hoped that its Kernza-based beers would inspire other breweries to start working with perennial grains. At least three have gotten on board: St. Paul, Minnesota’s all-organic Bang! Brewing, Minneapolis-based Fair State Brewing Cooperative and Blue Skye Brewery and Eats, which just happens to be located in Salina near the Land Institute.Back in 2015, a Kernza plot produced about half what a spring wheat plot would. That might not seem great, but remember than Kernza comes back year after year. There’s no tilling to do at the end of the season and no re-seeding in the spring.Yields are better today, too… so don’t be surprised if you see Kernza beers popping up in taprooms sooner than later.More on Geek.com:Dogfish Head Unveils Beer That Can Develop Kodak Super 8 FilmSupreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Inspired a BeerFinally, Someone Made a Beer That Tastes Like Lucky Charms Fiber-Based Six-Pack Can Rings Offer Eco-Friendly Alternative to PlasticEven More Kellogg’s Cereal Gets Re-Born as Craft Beer last_img read more