Patagonia is expanding its line of adult beverages that it produces in conjunction with Hopworks Urban Brewery in Portland Oregon. The Long Root Wit is a classic Belgian-style wit beer made with organic ingredients and Kernza perennial grain. The Long Root Wit will be the second beer in Patagonia’s line-up and in true Patagonia fashion, they are producing this product in the most sustainable way possible.
In 2016, Patagonia Provisions’ partners at The Land Institute in Salina, Kansas made a breakthrough in organic regenerative agriculture with Kernza, the perennial grain used in Patagonia Provisions’ inaugural beer Long Root Pale Ale. Released in October 2016, it was the first commercially available beer made with Kernza. Kernza is ideally suited for organic regenerative agriculture. Its long roots and perennial growth allow it to thrive without pesticides and use less water than conventional wheat while helping to reduce erosion and remove more carbon from the atmosphere. And it just so happens to make delicious beer. Patagonia Provisions believes the future of farming, and our planet, lies in regenerative organic agriculture – a practice that restores soil biodiversity, sequesters carbon and grows crops all without chemical fertilizers or pesticides. In early 2018, Patagonia, along with Patagonia Provisions, Rodale Institute, Dr. Bronner’s, and others launched the Regenerative Organic Certification (ROC) outlining robust, high-bar standards for ensuring soil health and animal and worker welfare. Long Root Wit is Provisions’ latest example of taking steps towards this goal.
We here at Dirt Rag can definitely get behind a beer that not only tastes good but is helping to reshape the way we look at the wastefulness of current agricultural practices. While currently only available in select west coast locations, you better believe we will be out on the hunt for a couple of frosty cans while we are at Sea Otter in the coming week. To find out more about Patagonia Provisions and what they are up to visit their site here. Please remember to recycle!