This Company Just Released the First Commercial Use of a Highly Sustainable Grain!

Photo: Chad Brigman

Photo: Chad Brigman

Patagonia - a long time trailblazer in the clothing industry and more recently in the food industry - has just released a new beer that is made using the Kernza® grain. Kernza® is a perennial growth grain developed by The Land Institute in Kansas. Kernza® differs from the typical annual grains on the market in that it has a long root system that can go as far as 10 feet down into the earth. With this long and dense root system, Kernza® does not require annual tilling - which is responsible for a huge amount of carbon emissions each year. Furthermore, Kernza® grain does not require as much water as typical annual grains, nor does it require any fertilizers or pesticides. Even better, because of it's deep and dense root system, Kernza® helps to hold the soil in place and prevent erosion.

Check out how long these roots grow!! Photo: Jim Richardson 

Check out how long these roots grow!! Photo: Jim Richardson 

In addition to partnering with The Land Institute, Patagonia then reached out to Hopworks Urban Brewery in Portland, OR to develop a beer using the Kernza® grain. What they came up with has a unique and distinct flavor that you can't get from using any typical grain. Ever wonder what you could do to affect change in the agricultural system? Here's your chance - you could start by trying this beer that is made using organic, regenerative agriculture. 

Learn more about the beer here:  

If you're interested more in what Patagonia is doing with regard to organic, regenerative agriculture, check out their website here

Article by: Rajmani Sinclair

October 18, 2016

Source: http://hopworksbeer.com/2016/10/03/long-ro...