In time for Earth Day, Hopworks Brewery and New Seasons Market have collaborated on the release of Carbon Farmer Organic Hazy IPA. This new IPA is crafted with Kernza, an ecologically beneficial, perennially grown grain. This new limited-edition and sustainable beer from two fellow B Corps will be exclusively available at the grocer’s 19 Portland-metro area stores, as well as on-tap at the brewer’s three local pubs.
This is not the first time that Hopworks Brewery has brewed a beer with Kernza. In the past, Hopworks had partnered with Patagonia Provisions on a line of beers the first debuted with Long Root Pale Ale that saw distribution along the West Coast of America.
Kernza is a grain grown in a perennial polyculture system, which mimics the natural prairie ecosystems and helps to improve soil health, reduce water use and provide habitat for pollinators. These systems have been shown to sequester between 300 to 1,000 lbs. per acre per year. Because Kernza’s extensive root system reaches more than 10 feet underground, it is also a sustainable crop as it does not require annual replanting.
“At Hopworks, we’ve always been very conscious of the impact that our brewery has on the environment,” said Christian Ettinger, founder of Hopworks Brewery. “No-till Kernza is a real-life carbon farmer, capturing CO2 in its long roots for decades and effectively stalling global warming in the process. Drinking beer that’s ‘rooted’ in regenerative agriculture and doing good is something we can all celebrate. Cheers to that!”
“As a company, we have long been committed to operating with sustainable business practices, and know that we can make an even larger impact when we partner with mission-aligned companies,” said Athena Petty, senior manager of sustainability for New Seasons Market. “We are thrilled to be sharing this delicious beer in partnership with Hopworks and Zero Foodprint, and are excited to tell the story about how a hazy IPA can be a part of the solution to healing our soil and climate.”
Carbon Farmer Stats:
- ABV: 6.2%, IBU: 60
- Hops: Organic Cascade, Idaho 7, Citra, Amarillo, Mosaic
- Malts: Organic 2-row, Wheat, Oats, Kernza
- Tasting Notes: Grapefruit zest, peach, guava, softly malty, with a lingering, palate-cleansing bitterness.
- Pairing Notes: Robust enough to wash down a grass-fed hamburger, versatile enough to pair with a veggie and grain bowl.
Carbon Farmer Hazy IPA is now available at New Seasons Market in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans for $14.99, with a $12.99 special running from April 19 through 25. The beer is also available at all Hopworks Brewery locations as well. A portion of all proceeds will benefit Zero Foodprint, a non-profit organization working to reduce the environmental impact of food. Zero Foodprint connects eaters and food businesses with farmers to help them implement regenerative practices.