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A cooler full of beer is practically a prerequisite for a good day of climbing or mountain biking. Now, that cooler can be stocked a little more responsibly.
Patagonia Provisions, in partnership with Hopworks Urban Brewery in Portland, Oregon, just announced the launch of Long Root Ale, a Northwest-style pale ale made with organic ingredients and the first foray into beer for the outdoor apparel giant.
Always a pioneer in repairing weak spots in the food chain system, Patagonia Provisions worked with The Land Institute in Salina, Kansas, to develop Kernza, a perennial grain used in Long Root Ale.
The grain is a pretty big breakthrough for organic regenerative agriculture thanks to its long roots and perennial growth, which allow the plant to thrive without pesticides. It also requires less water than conventional wheat, cuts down on erosion, and removes more carbon from the atmosphere than annual grains.
“Beer holds a critical role in society and history. It is the center of many tables, uniting us with its common language,” notes Birgit Cameron, Senior Director of Patagonia Provisions in a press release. “All it takes is a small tweak in the way we make our beer to effect big change—we are hoping this message reaches the big brewers of the world.”
On to the taste: Long Root Ale is made with a blend of two-row barley and organic Northwest hops, “resulting in a beer with resinous, grapefruit aromas and flavor and a balanced maltiness.” Kernza gives the brew a little bit of spice and a dry, crisp finish.
“Good beer tastes even better when you know it’s been sourced and produced with sustainability in mind,” surfer and Patagonia ambassador Liz Clark, who lives on her sailboat with her cat, told Dirtbag Darling.
Pick up Long Root Ale in 16-ounce cans in Whole Foods Markets locations in California, Oregon, and Washington starting today. The brew will also be served on draft at both Hopworks locations.
Pairs well with Snap-T fleeces and chalky hands.