In an effort to scale organic and Regenerative Organic Certiﬁed ingredients, Patagonia Provisions, the food and beverage business of outdoor apparel company Patagonia, has announced a new alliance with several American craft brewers to make for a better world.
Eleven partner breweries throughout the country have released new beers, each brewed with Regenerative Organic Certiﬁed® Kernza®, a deeply-rooted perennial grain. By making beer with more perennial grains, breweries have the potential to move the industry toward a more regenerative future.
Perennial crops like Kernza require minimal tilling, increase soil organic matter, improve soil health and water-holding capacity, and help ﬁght the climate crisis.
Whereas most grains are planted and harvested annually, Kernza stays in the ground year after year, developing water and nutrient transmitting roots that can up to 12 feet long. Perennial crops like Kernza are beneficial to the environment; they protect soil from erosion and improve soil structure. They increase ecosystem nutrient retention, carbon sequestration, and can contribute to climate change adaptation and mitigation.
The Regenerative Organic Certiﬁed Kernza in these beers is sourced from A-Frame Farm, a 1,200-acre Regenerative Organic Certiﬁed® farm in Madison, Minnesota. And Patagonia plans to expand the program to include additional craft breweries in the coming months and looks to incorporate other Regenerative Organic Certiﬁed® ingredients.
This inaugural cadre of breweries each produced an original easy-drinking Kernza lager, co-branded with Patagonia, brewed with regionally-sourced organic ingredients, and made available in their local area.
And when Kernza® used in beer, it adds a deliciously rich but subtle, nutty ﬂavor which can make for an interesting beer.
The initial list of brewery partners includes:
- Allagash Brewing (Portland, ME)
- Arizona Wilderness Brewing (Gilbert, AZ)
- Aslan Brewing (Bellingham, WA)
- Bang Brewery (St. Paul, MN)
- Hopworks Urban Brewery (Portland, OR)
- Maui Brewing Company (Kihei, HI)
- Odell Brewing (Ft. Collins, CO)
- Rhinegeist Brewery (Cincinnati, OH)
- Russian River Brewing (Sonoma County, CA)
- Sierra Nevada Brewing (Chico, CA
- Topa Topa Brewing (Ventura, CA)
The 11 participating breweries will each contribute 1% of Patagonia beer sales (matched by Patagonia) to local nonproﬁts that support environmental initiatives and meet 1% for the Planet eligibility criteria.
“Patagonia is thrilled to partner with these value-aligned breweries, all driven by delicious ﬂavors, high quality ingredients, and responsible business and brewing practices,” says Paul Lightfoot, Patagonia Provision’s General Manager….
“Craft beer drinkers want great tasting beers made with clean ingredients that are better for the planet, and we look forward to bringing these beers to Patagonia customers and all beer lovers.”