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Patagonia Made a Sustainable, Organic Kernza Beer

Patagonia Made a Sustainable, Organic Kernza Beer

A beer for outdoorsy environmentalists

The clothing company is reapplying its standard of environmentally sustainable ethics to food. ​

Patagonia is breaking out of apparel and diving into the beer industry with Long Root Ale, a Kernza pale ale.

The clothing company teamed up with Hopworks Urban Brewery in Portland, Oregon, to create the first commercialized beer made of Kernza, a perennial grain grown using regenerative agricultural practices, according to the Patagonia Provisions website.

“Working with Patagonia Provisions on Long Root Ale is the highest honor,” Christian Ettinger, founder of Hopworks Urban Brewery, said in a press release. “Kernza adds great flavors to this delicious Pale Ale. It also offers attractive agricultural benefits like substantial water reduction. Kernza is really paving the way for future discussions with other commodity grains that we use to brew. As organic brewers we are really excited about the ‘grain to glass’ model and Long Root Ale is just that.”

The Land Institute, a Kansas-based non-profit, began breeding Kernza from a species of wheat grass in 2003, according to the non-profit’s website. They are grown on a perennial field that helps build soil health, retain clean water, and enhance wildlife habitat. The long roots of the crop also allow it to thrive and retain more water than the wheat grass it was bred from.

The 16-ounce cans are available at Whole Foods locations in California, Oregon, and Washington State.


Patagonia Is Making Beer From Kernza, a Perennial Grain

Patagonia is not your typical outdoor gear retailer. This privately-owned company does not shy away from opportunities to take a political stance, to mount counterintuitive advertising campaigns, and to seek more sustainable ways of doing business.

So, really, we shouldn't be all that surprised that it has made a foray into the food world, of all things, and has even started brewing beer! Two years ago it launched its first beer, Long Root Pale Ale, to much fanfare. This week, the second in that series was released, an organic Belgian-style beer called Long Root Wit.

What makes these beers unique is that they're both made from Kernza, a perennial grain that is grown using regenerative agriculture practices. From the website:

"Kernza’s long root system and perennial growth allow it to thrive without tilling, preserving precious top soil. It also uses less water than conventional annual wheat, removes more carbon from the atmosphere and makes one d*mn good beer."

Patagonia Provisions, which is the company's food-based offshoot, believes that the future of farming lies in regenerative organic agriculture – "a practice that restores soil biodiversity, sequesters carbon and grows crops all without chemical fertilizers or pesticides."

© Jim Richardson/Patagonia (used with permission) – Wes Jackson of the Land Institute is pictured beside some kernza roots

It has been working with the Land Institute in Kansas to cultivate Kernza and with Hopworks Urban Brewery in Portland to transform it into a beer that it hopes can be a model for the industry. There's no reason why other brewers can't turn to more resilient grains like kernza to make their tasty beverages (especially if barley crops plummet due to climate change, as predicted).

My only complaint is that the beer comes in aluminium cans, rather than refillable glass bottles. As Lloyd continues to tell TreeHugger readers on a regular basis, every single beer can is lined with BPA-laden epoxy to keep the beer from tasting like aluminum, and that's something we should all be avoiding like the plague.

© Amy Kumler/Patagonia (used with permission)

Patagonia would oh-so-much cooler if it went the reusable route. But hey, if you're willing to take the risk, you can find Long Root Wit at Whole Foods and other independent grocers in California, Washington, Oregon, and Colorado.


Patagonia Is Making Beer From Kernza, a Perennial Grain

Patagonia is not your typical outdoor gear retailer. This privately-owned company does not shy away from opportunities to take a political stance, to mount counterintuitive advertising campaigns, and to seek more sustainable ways of doing business.

So, really, we shouldn't be all that surprised that it has made a foray into the food world, of all things, and has even started brewing beer! Two years ago it launched its first beer, Long Root Pale Ale, to much fanfare. This week, the second in that series was released, an organic Belgian-style beer called Long Root Wit.

What makes these beers unique is that they're both made from Kernza, a perennial grain that is grown using regenerative agriculture practices. From the website:

"Kernza’s long root system and perennial growth allow it to thrive without tilling, preserving precious top soil. It also uses less water than conventional annual wheat, removes more carbon from the atmosphere and makes one d*mn good beer."

Patagonia Provisions, which is the company's food-based offshoot, believes that the future of farming lies in regenerative organic agriculture – "a practice that restores soil biodiversity, sequesters carbon and grows crops all without chemical fertilizers or pesticides."

© Jim Richardson/Patagonia (used with permission) – Wes Jackson of the Land Institute is pictured beside some kernza roots

It has been working with the Land Institute in Kansas to cultivate Kernza and with Hopworks Urban Brewery in Portland to transform it into a beer that it hopes can be a model for the industry. There's no reason why other brewers can't turn to more resilient grains like kernza to make their tasty beverages (especially if barley crops plummet due to climate change, as predicted).

My only complaint is that the beer comes in aluminium cans, rather than refillable glass bottles. As Lloyd continues to tell TreeHugger readers on a regular basis, every single beer can is lined with BPA-laden epoxy to keep the beer from tasting like aluminum, and that's something we should all be avoiding like the plague.

© Amy Kumler/Patagonia (used with permission)

Patagonia would oh-so-much cooler if it went the reusable route. But hey, if you're willing to take the risk, you can find Long Root Wit at Whole Foods and other independent grocers in California, Washington, Oregon, and Colorado.


Patagonia Is Making Beer From Kernza, a Perennial Grain

Patagonia is not your typical outdoor gear retailer. This privately-owned company does not shy away from opportunities to take a political stance, to mount counterintuitive advertising campaigns, and to seek more sustainable ways of doing business.

So, really, we shouldn't be all that surprised that it has made a foray into the food world, of all things, and has even started brewing beer! Two years ago it launched its first beer, Long Root Pale Ale, to much fanfare. This week, the second in that series was released, an organic Belgian-style beer called Long Root Wit.

What makes these beers unique is that they're both made from Kernza, a perennial grain that is grown using regenerative agriculture practices. From the website:

"Kernza’s long root system and perennial growth allow it to thrive without tilling, preserving precious top soil. It also uses less water than conventional annual wheat, removes more carbon from the atmosphere and makes one d*mn good beer."

Patagonia Provisions, which is the company's food-based offshoot, believes that the future of farming lies in regenerative organic agriculture – "a practice that restores soil biodiversity, sequesters carbon and grows crops all without chemical fertilizers or pesticides."

© Jim Richardson/Patagonia (used with permission) – Wes Jackson of the Land Institute is pictured beside some kernza roots

It has been working with the Land Institute in Kansas to cultivate Kernza and with Hopworks Urban Brewery in Portland to transform it into a beer that it hopes can be a model for the industry. There's no reason why other brewers can't turn to more resilient grains like kernza to make their tasty beverages (especially if barley crops plummet due to climate change, as predicted).

My only complaint is that the beer comes in aluminium cans, rather than refillable glass bottles. As Lloyd continues to tell TreeHugger readers on a regular basis, every single beer can is lined with BPA-laden epoxy to keep the beer from tasting like aluminum, and that's something we should all be avoiding like the plague.

© Amy Kumler/Patagonia (used with permission)

Patagonia would oh-so-much cooler if it went the reusable route. But hey, if you're willing to take the risk, you can find Long Root Wit at Whole Foods and other independent grocers in California, Washington, Oregon, and Colorado.


Patagonia Is Making Beer From Kernza, a Perennial Grain

Patagonia is not your typical outdoor gear retailer. This privately-owned company does not shy away from opportunities to take a political stance, to mount counterintuitive advertising campaigns, and to seek more sustainable ways of doing business.

So, really, we shouldn't be all that surprised that it has made a foray into the food world, of all things, and has even started brewing beer! Two years ago it launched its first beer, Long Root Pale Ale, to much fanfare. This week, the second in that series was released, an organic Belgian-style beer called Long Root Wit.

What makes these beers unique is that they're both made from Kernza, a perennial grain that is grown using regenerative agriculture practices. From the website:

"Kernza’s long root system and perennial growth allow it to thrive without tilling, preserving precious top soil. It also uses less water than conventional annual wheat, removes more carbon from the atmosphere and makes one d*mn good beer."

Patagonia Provisions, which is the company's food-based offshoot, believes that the future of farming lies in regenerative organic agriculture – "a practice that restores soil biodiversity, sequesters carbon and grows crops all without chemical fertilizers or pesticides."

© Jim Richardson/Patagonia (used with permission) – Wes Jackson of the Land Institute is pictured beside some kernza roots

It has been working with the Land Institute in Kansas to cultivate Kernza and with Hopworks Urban Brewery in Portland to transform it into a beer that it hopes can be a model for the industry. There's no reason why other brewers can't turn to more resilient grains like kernza to make their tasty beverages (especially if barley crops plummet due to climate change, as predicted).

My only complaint is that the beer comes in aluminium cans, rather than refillable glass bottles. As Lloyd continues to tell TreeHugger readers on a regular basis, every single beer can is lined with BPA-laden epoxy to keep the beer from tasting like aluminum, and that's something we should all be avoiding like the plague.

© Amy Kumler/Patagonia (used with permission)

Patagonia would oh-so-much cooler if it went the reusable route. But hey, if you're willing to take the risk, you can find Long Root Wit at Whole Foods and other independent grocers in California, Washington, Oregon, and Colorado.


Patagonia Is Making Beer From Kernza, a Perennial Grain

Patagonia is not your typical outdoor gear retailer. This privately-owned company does not shy away from opportunities to take a political stance, to mount counterintuitive advertising campaigns, and to seek more sustainable ways of doing business.

So, really, we shouldn't be all that surprised that it has made a foray into the food world, of all things, and has even started brewing beer! Two years ago it launched its first beer, Long Root Pale Ale, to much fanfare. This week, the second in that series was released, an organic Belgian-style beer called Long Root Wit.

What makes these beers unique is that they're both made from Kernza, a perennial grain that is grown using regenerative agriculture practices. From the website:

"Kernza’s long root system and perennial growth allow it to thrive without tilling, preserving precious top soil. It also uses less water than conventional annual wheat, removes more carbon from the atmosphere and makes one d*mn good beer."

Patagonia Provisions, which is the company's food-based offshoot, believes that the future of farming lies in regenerative organic agriculture – "a practice that restores soil biodiversity, sequesters carbon and grows crops all without chemical fertilizers or pesticides."

© Jim Richardson/Patagonia (used with permission) – Wes Jackson of the Land Institute is pictured beside some kernza roots

It has been working with the Land Institute in Kansas to cultivate Kernza and with Hopworks Urban Brewery in Portland to transform it into a beer that it hopes can be a model for the industry. There's no reason why other brewers can't turn to more resilient grains like kernza to make their tasty beverages (especially if barley crops plummet due to climate change, as predicted).

My only complaint is that the beer comes in aluminium cans, rather than refillable glass bottles. As Lloyd continues to tell TreeHugger readers on a regular basis, every single beer can is lined with BPA-laden epoxy to keep the beer from tasting like aluminum, and that's something we should all be avoiding like the plague.

© Amy Kumler/Patagonia (used with permission)

Patagonia would oh-so-much cooler if it went the reusable route. But hey, if you're willing to take the risk, you can find Long Root Wit at Whole Foods and other independent grocers in California, Washington, Oregon, and Colorado.


Patagonia Is Making Beer From Kernza, a Perennial Grain

Patagonia is not your typical outdoor gear retailer. This privately-owned company does not shy away from opportunities to take a political stance, to mount counterintuitive advertising campaigns, and to seek more sustainable ways of doing business.

So, really, we shouldn't be all that surprised that it has made a foray into the food world, of all things, and has even started brewing beer! Two years ago it launched its first beer, Long Root Pale Ale, to much fanfare. This week, the second in that series was released, an organic Belgian-style beer called Long Root Wit.

What makes these beers unique is that they're both made from Kernza, a perennial grain that is grown using regenerative agriculture practices. From the website:

"Kernza’s long root system and perennial growth allow it to thrive without tilling, preserving precious top soil. It also uses less water than conventional annual wheat, removes more carbon from the atmosphere and makes one d*mn good beer."

Patagonia Provisions, which is the company's food-based offshoot, believes that the future of farming lies in regenerative organic agriculture – "a practice that restores soil biodiversity, sequesters carbon and grows crops all without chemical fertilizers or pesticides."

© Jim Richardson/Patagonia (used with permission) – Wes Jackson of the Land Institute is pictured beside some kernza roots

It has been working with the Land Institute in Kansas to cultivate Kernza and with Hopworks Urban Brewery in Portland to transform it into a beer that it hopes can be a model for the industry. There's no reason why other brewers can't turn to more resilient grains like kernza to make their tasty beverages (especially if barley crops plummet due to climate change, as predicted).

My only complaint is that the beer comes in aluminium cans, rather than refillable glass bottles. As Lloyd continues to tell TreeHugger readers on a regular basis, every single beer can is lined with BPA-laden epoxy to keep the beer from tasting like aluminum, and that's something we should all be avoiding like the plague.

© Amy Kumler/Patagonia (used with permission)

Patagonia would oh-so-much cooler if it went the reusable route. But hey, if you're willing to take the risk, you can find Long Root Wit at Whole Foods and other independent grocers in California, Washington, Oregon, and Colorado.


Patagonia Is Making Beer From Kernza, a Perennial Grain

Patagonia is not your typical outdoor gear retailer. This privately-owned company does not shy away from opportunities to take a political stance, to mount counterintuitive advertising campaigns, and to seek more sustainable ways of doing business.

So, really, we shouldn't be all that surprised that it has made a foray into the food world, of all things, and has even started brewing beer! Two years ago it launched its first beer, Long Root Pale Ale, to much fanfare. This week, the second in that series was released, an organic Belgian-style beer called Long Root Wit.

What makes these beers unique is that they're both made from Kernza, a perennial grain that is grown using regenerative agriculture practices. From the website:

"Kernza’s long root system and perennial growth allow it to thrive without tilling, preserving precious top soil. It also uses less water than conventional annual wheat, removes more carbon from the atmosphere and makes one d*mn good beer."

Patagonia Provisions, which is the company's food-based offshoot, believes that the future of farming lies in regenerative organic agriculture – "a practice that restores soil biodiversity, sequesters carbon and grows crops all without chemical fertilizers or pesticides."

© Jim Richardson/Patagonia (used with permission) – Wes Jackson of the Land Institute is pictured beside some kernza roots

It has been working with the Land Institute in Kansas to cultivate Kernza and with Hopworks Urban Brewery in Portland to transform it into a beer that it hopes can be a model for the industry. There's no reason why other brewers can't turn to more resilient grains like kernza to make their tasty beverages (especially if barley crops plummet due to climate change, as predicted).

My only complaint is that the beer comes in aluminium cans, rather than refillable glass bottles. As Lloyd continues to tell TreeHugger readers on a regular basis, every single beer can is lined with BPA-laden epoxy to keep the beer from tasting like aluminum, and that's something we should all be avoiding like the plague.

© Amy Kumler/Patagonia (used with permission)

Patagonia would oh-so-much cooler if it went the reusable route. But hey, if you're willing to take the risk, you can find Long Root Wit at Whole Foods and other independent grocers in California, Washington, Oregon, and Colorado.


Patagonia Is Making Beer From Kernza, a Perennial Grain

Patagonia is not your typical outdoor gear retailer. This privately-owned company does not shy away from opportunities to take a political stance, to mount counterintuitive advertising campaigns, and to seek more sustainable ways of doing business.

So, really, we shouldn't be all that surprised that it has made a foray into the food world, of all things, and has even started brewing beer! Two years ago it launched its first beer, Long Root Pale Ale, to much fanfare. This week, the second in that series was released, an organic Belgian-style beer called Long Root Wit.

What makes these beers unique is that they're both made from Kernza, a perennial grain that is grown using regenerative agriculture practices. From the website:

"Kernza’s long root system and perennial growth allow it to thrive without tilling, preserving precious top soil. It also uses less water than conventional annual wheat, removes more carbon from the atmosphere and makes one d*mn good beer."

Patagonia Provisions, which is the company's food-based offshoot, believes that the future of farming lies in regenerative organic agriculture – "a practice that restores soil biodiversity, sequesters carbon and grows crops all without chemical fertilizers or pesticides."

© Jim Richardson/Patagonia (used with permission) – Wes Jackson of the Land Institute is pictured beside some kernza roots

It has been working with the Land Institute in Kansas to cultivate Kernza and with Hopworks Urban Brewery in Portland to transform it into a beer that it hopes can be a model for the industry. There's no reason why other brewers can't turn to more resilient grains like kernza to make their tasty beverages (especially if barley crops plummet due to climate change, as predicted).

My only complaint is that the beer comes in aluminium cans, rather than refillable glass bottles. As Lloyd continues to tell TreeHugger readers on a regular basis, every single beer can is lined with BPA-laden epoxy to keep the beer from tasting like aluminum, and that's something we should all be avoiding like the plague.

© Amy Kumler/Patagonia (used with permission)

Patagonia would oh-so-much cooler if it went the reusable route. But hey, if you're willing to take the risk, you can find Long Root Wit at Whole Foods and other independent grocers in California, Washington, Oregon, and Colorado.


Patagonia Is Making Beer From Kernza, a Perennial Grain

Patagonia is not your typical outdoor gear retailer. This privately-owned company does not shy away from opportunities to take a political stance, to mount counterintuitive advertising campaigns, and to seek more sustainable ways of doing business.

So, really, we shouldn't be all that surprised that it has made a foray into the food world, of all things, and has even started brewing beer! Two years ago it launched its first beer, Long Root Pale Ale, to much fanfare. This week, the second in that series was released, an organic Belgian-style beer called Long Root Wit.

What makes these beers unique is that they're both made from Kernza, a perennial grain that is grown using regenerative agriculture practices. From the website:

"Kernza’s long root system and perennial growth allow it to thrive without tilling, preserving precious top soil. It also uses less water than conventional annual wheat, removes more carbon from the atmosphere and makes one d*mn good beer."

Patagonia Provisions, which is the company's food-based offshoot, believes that the future of farming lies in regenerative organic agriculture – "a practice that restores soil biodiversity, sequesters carbon and grows crops all without chemical fertilizers or pesticides."

© Jim Richardson/Patagonia (used with permission) – Wes Jackson of the Land Institute is pictured beside some kernza roots

It has been working with the Land Institute in Kansas to cultivate Kernza and with Hopworks Urban Brewery in Portland to transform it into a beer that it hopes can be a model for the industry. There's no reason why other brewers can't turn to more resilient grains like kernza to make their tasty beverages (especially if barley crops plummet due to climate change, as predicted).

My only complaint is that the beer comes in aluminium cans, rather than refillable glass bottles. As Lloyd continues to tell TreeHugger readers on a regular basis, every single beer can is lined with BPA-laden epoxy to keep the beer from tasting like aluminum, and that's something we should all be avoiding like the plague.

© Amy Kumler/Patagonia (used with permission)

Patagonia would oh-so-much cooler if it went the reusable route. But hey, if you're willing to take the risk, you can find Long Root Wit at Whole Foods and other independent grocers in California, Washington, Oregon, and Colorado.


Patagonia Is Making Beer From Kernza, a Perennial Grain

Patagonia is not your typical outdoor gear retailer. This privately-owned company does not shy away from opportunities to take a political stance, to mount counterintuitive advertising campaigns, and to seek more sustainable ways of doing business.

So, really, we shouldn't be all that surprised that it has made a foray into the food world, of all things, and has even started brewing beer! Two years ago it launched its first beer, Long Root Pale Ale, to much fanfare. This week, the second in that series was released, an organic Belgian-style beer called Long Root Wit.

What makes these beers unique is that they're both made from Kernza, a perennial grain that is grown using regenerative agriculture practices. From the website:

"Kernza’s long root system and perennial growth allow it to thrive without tilling, preserving precious top soil. It also uses less water than conventional annual wheat, removes more carbon from the atmosphere and makes one d*mn good beer."

Patagonia Provisions, which is the company's food-based offshoot, believes that the future of farming lies in regenerative organic agriculture – "a practice that restores soil biodiversity, sequesters carbon and grows crops all without chemical fertilizers or pesticides."

© Jim Richardson/Patagonia (used with permission) – Wes Jackson of the Land Institute is pictured beside some kernza roots

It has been working with the Land Institute in Kansas to cultivate Kernza and with Hopworks Urban Brewery in Portland to transform it into a beer that it hopes can be a model for the industry. There's no reason why other brewers can't turn to more resilient grains like kernza to make their tasty beverages (especially if barley crops plummet due to climate change, as predicted).

My only complaint is that the beer comes in aluminium cans, rather than refillable glass bottles. As Lloyd continues to tell TreeHugger readers on a regular basis, every single beer can is lined with BPA-laden epoxy to keep the beer from tasting like aluminum, and that's something we should all be avoiding like the plague.

© Amy Kumler/Patagonia (used with permission)

Patagonia would oh-so-much cooler if it went the reusable route. But hey, if you're willing to take the risk, you can find Long Root Wit at Whole Foods and other independent grocers in California, Washington, Oregon, and Colorado.