A cooler full of beer is practically a staple of 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, has 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.
“I am not a big fan of heavy beers and it was right up my alley,” Patagonia surf ambassador Otto Flores tells GrindTV. “I was also happy to learn that it is being made with sustainable practices that are helping to steer the food supply chain in the right direction.”
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 GrindTV.
Pick up Long Root Ale in 16-ounce cans in Whole Foods Markets locations in California, Oregon and Washington. The brew will also be served on draft at both Hopworks locations.
Pairs well with Snap-T fleeces and chalky hands.
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