Can This Beer Save Our Environment?
Hopworks Urban Brewery Long Root Ale is a new beer made from a grain that’s a whole lot nicer for our planet.
By Mairyn Chorney on Dec. 05, 2016
Long Root Ale is a beer made from a new breed of wheatgrass called Kernza. This new beer ingredient can regrow itself instead of having to be sown every season, which can help reduce erosion. Since Kernza also doesn’t require annual tilling, they retain more carbon, which arguably lessens the effects of climate change. Because of it’s 10 foot roots, Kernza requires less water and can thrive without the use of pesticides.
Aside from Kernza, Long Root Ale also uses organic yeast, organic two-row barley, and a blend of organic Northwest hops. The 5.5 ABV blend results in a beer that has tastes and aromas of grapefruit and balanced maltiness. Long Root Ale also holds a slight spicy taste, thanks to the Kernza.
The use of Kernza in Long Root Ale opens the door to new possibilities when it comes to the future grains breweries use in the brewing process. Patagonia Provisions hopes to take Kernza beer to the next level by partnering with larger breweries around the world. With more demand, the more farmers will turn to Kernza. Even if only a small percentage of farmers begin growing Kernza, the impact could be significant.
As of now, Long Root Ale is sold in four-packs of 16oz cans in select retailers currently limited to California, Oregon, and Washington as well as on draft at both Hopworks locations.
For more information visit the official website.
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