10 Breweries Partner with Patagonia for Kernza Lager Releases

A total of 10 breweries across the country, including Wyoming’s Roadhouse Brewing and Vermont’s Lawson’s Finest Liquids, are introducing Kernza® Lager in partnership with Patagonia Provisions, the food and beverage division of outdoor apparel company Patagonia.

Kernza Lager is brewed with all-organic ingredients including organic barley from Great Western, organic New Zealand hops, and certified organic Kernza. The beer is a crisp and refreshing light-bodied lager for easy drinking. Notes of biscuit and bread with light caramel hints are complemented by light orange and citrus zest, making it the perfect companion for outdoor adventures and celebrating the beauty of nature. 

“15% of this beer needs to be Kernza®, but we decided to go for 20%!” says Max Shafer, Roadhouse Brewmaster. “We used organic barley from Great Western to produce a full body, slightly hoppy lager, combined with organic New Zealand hops – Moteuka and Nelson – to give this beer a little more pop.”

Kernza®, a wheat-like perennial whole grain, is loaded with environmental benefits that build soil health. Patagonia Provisions is confident that ongoing research will also confirm that Kernza draws down and stores more carbon in the soil than annual grains. Ingredients from regenerative and organic agriculture—like perennial grains—help fight the environmental crisis by supporting biodiversity and creating healthy topsoil and healthy ecosystems. This beer is made using quality agricultural practices and quality ingredients which make a quality beer. 5.6% ABV, 27 IBUs.

“Lawson’s Finest is a leader in community giving, environmental initiatives and employee-first workplace efforts. Their SIP, or Social Impact Program, is a role model for the industry,” said Paul Lightfoot, General Manager at Patagonia Provisions. “We’re proud to have Lawson’s Finest as a partner in our movement to use more organic and regenerative ingredients in beer.”

Last summer, Patagonia Provisions launched its pilot brewery partnership program with 11 independent craft breweries across the U.S., including Allagash Brewing Company, Odell Brewing Company, and Rhinegeist Brewery, each brewing regional-specific lager-style beers made with Regenerative Organic Certified® Kernza and organic ingredients. To date, partner breweries have sourced more than 40,000 pounds of certified organic ingredients, including more than 6,000 pounds of Regenerative Organic Certified® Kernza.

“At Roadhouse, we’ve always believed in the power of great beer to bring people together while making a positive impact on the planet,” notes Roadhouse and Pure Madness co-founder Gavin Fine. “Teaming up with Patagonia Provisions allows us to further that mission by showcasing the potential of regenerative agriculture and highlighting the urgent need for sustainable practices in the brewing industry.”

The full list of brewery partners can be found here, including Roadhouse and Lawson’s. All of these beers will be available on draft at their respective breweries & taprooms by the end of April.

Photo Credit: Lawson’s Finest Liquids

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