You might remember Patagonia Provisions making the news in 2016 for its breakthrough in organic regenerative agriculture. The project came up with Kernza, a perennial grain with long roots and the ability to grow without pesticides and with less water. That grain was used to create Patagonia Provisions’ first brew, Long Root Pale Ale. Now Patagonia Provisions has partnered with Hopworks Urban Brewery in Portland, Oregon, to create Long Root Wit.
Long Root Wit is a classic Belgian-style wit beer that features Kernza and other organic ingredients, such as organic wheat, two-row barley, and Northwest hops. Birgit Cameron, managing director of Patagonia Provisions, said this of Long Root Wit: “I am very excited to introduce our second beer made with Kernza.”
Through Wes Jackson’s pioneering work at The Land Institute, Patagonia Provisions has been able to help bring this important regenerative perennial grain to the forefront with the hope that others take notice and implement similar practices. Beer is the perfect vehicle for this and a delicious byproduct of our collaborative work in regenerative agricultural practices.”
Honey, crisp apple, Valencia orange, and pink peppercorn make up the flavour of Long Root Wit, with pear, coriander, marmalade, and toast fill out the aroma profile. Long Root Wit has an ABV of only 4.9 per cent. It is available in 12-ounce cans and can be found in select Whole Food Markets as well as other independent grocers in California, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington.