Kernza a “superwheat” perennial grain derived from an ancient form of wheatgrass is making its debut via Long Root Ale, a Northwest-Style Pale Ale made in partnership with Patagonia Provisions and Hopworks Urban Brewery in Portland, Oregon.
Long Root Ale is the first commercially available beer to be made with Kernza via organic regenerative agricultural practices that restore soil biodiversity, sequestering carbon and growing crops all without fertilizers or pesticides. The process is another step towards transforming agricultural practices and supporting sustainable farming.
Long Root Ale is made with organic two-row barley, organic yeast and a blend of organic Northwest hops, resulting in a beer with resinous, grapefruit hop aromas and flavor and a balanced maltiness. The addition of 15 percent Kernza adds a slight spiciness to the dry, crisp finish.
Long Root Ale is available as of yesterday (September 3, 2016) in 16 oz cans in Whole Foods Market locations in California, Oregon and Washington. In addition, select Whole Foods Market bar-restaurants and both Hopworks locations will serve the beer on draft, as will the Miir Flagship Store in Seattle.