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.
“Revolutions start from the bottom.”—Yvon Chouinard, Founder of Patagonia
A short story about Long Root Wit.
Our newest beer, Long Root® Wit, is a Northwest spin on the classic Belgian-style Witbier, brewed with coriander and orange peel for a bright citrus finish. But the real story isn’t about the delicious refreshment in each can. It’s about a perennial grain called Kernza®, and the folks at The Land Institute who developed it.
The Land Institute is a nonprofit, science-based research organization in Kansas that aims to develop an agricultural system with the ecological stability of the prairie and a grain yield comparable to more traditional annual crops. Its founder, Wes Jackson, was widely recognized as one of the foremost figures in the international sustainable agriculture movement.
Wes was instrumental in the development of the Kernza grain that gives our beers their distinct flavor profile. Kernza’s long root system thrives without tilling, preserving precious topsoil. It also uses less water than conventional wheat, draws down more carbon from the atmosphere and makes damn good beer. Cheers to you, Brother Wes!