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.
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