Kernza's® dense root system grows up to 10 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.
Saving the planet, one beer at a time.
Our new Long Root Ale is a great beer—with great purpose. Beyond the crafted Grapefruit hop flavor, beyond the balanced maltiness lies a story as refreshing as its dry, crisp finish.
We've teamed up with Hopworks Urban Brewery to create Long Root Ale, a great tasting beer that’s the first to be made with Kernza®, a perennial grain grown using regenerative agriculture practices. We believe the future of farming lies in organic regenerative agriculture which restores soil biodiversity, sequesters carbon, and efficiently grows crops without chemical fertilizers or pesticides.
Our delicious pale ale is brewed with organic two-row barley, organic yeast, organic Chinook, Mosaic and Crystal hops, and Kernza. Kernza’s long root system and perennial growth allows it to thrive without tilling, preserving precious top soil. It also uses less water than conventional wheat, removes more carbon from the atmosphere and makes one damn good beer.
We are on a mission to repair our food system through organic regenerative farming practices and encouraging others to do the same. Cheers!
Kernza Grain & The Land Institute
The distinct flavor profile (and naming) of our Long Root Ale comes from a newly developed grain called Kernza. It was developed in Kansas by The Land Institute, a nonprofit, science-based research organization that aims to develop an agricultural system with the ecological stability of the prairie and a grain yield comparable to more traditional annual crops.
Kernza is a perennial that has been domesticated from intermediate wheat grass, similar to how grasses have been domesticated into grains for over 10,000 years. Ecologically, perennial grains are superior to annual grains because they retain more nutrients and carbon, and can better utilize rainfall. Kernza thrives without tilling, which helps prevent erosion. Once the grain is harvested the roots remain in the soil and add carbon, since organic matter is about 50 percent carbon.