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Hopworks and Patagonia team up to create Long Root Ale, a beer to save the world

Tomorrow night in Seattle, the Miir Flagship will host a special event to introduce a special beer: Long Root Ale by Hopworks Urban Brewery. The beer was brewed in partnership with Patagonia Provisions with the simple mission of saving the world one beer at a time. Well, maybe the beer won’t save the world, but the concept behind it just might. The brew will be available on tap and in 16-ounce cans.

Along with more-expected ingredients, the beer was brewed with Kernza®, a perennial grain grown using regenerative agriculture practices. 

According to Patagonia’s website, “We believe the future of farming lies in organic regenerative agriculture which restores soil biodiversity, sequesters carbon and efficiently grown crops without chemical fertilizers or pesticides. Join the mission to repair our food system through organic regenerative farming practices and encourage others to do the same.”

Kernza’s dense root system grows up to ten feet down into the Earth, allowing it to react to changes in temperature and soil quickly. Unlike annual wheat, that doesn’t live long enough to develop thick roots, Kernza is a perennial grain whose long roots allow it to hold soil in place and prevent erosion. Along with many experts, Patagonia believes that the future of food lies in the development of these types of agricultural products.

Tomorrow night’s party at MiiR Flagship starts at 6:00 but at 7:00 they’ll show a compelling film by Chris Malloy, Unbroken Ground, that explores four areas of agriculture that aim to change our relationship to the land and oceans.

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