Patagonia Provisions, in partnership with Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB) in Portland, Ore., has just released Patagonia Provisions Long Root IPA, a traditional West Coast style IPA made with organic ingredients and Kernza perennial grain. Looking for solutions to repair our food systems, this third release in Patagonia Provisions’ lineup of beers represents another step towards transforming agricultural practices and supporting sustainable farming. The entire beer line was recently rebranded and repackaged to include Patagonia Provisions’ name and logo.
“I am very excited to introduce our third beer made with Kernza, especially now under the Patagonia Provisions label,” says Birgit Cameron, co-founder and head of Patagonia Provisions. “Through Wes Jackson’s pioneering work at The Land Institute, Patagonia Provisions has been able to help bring this important regenerative perennial grain to the forefront with the hope that others take notice and implement similar practices. Beer is the perfect vehicle for this and a delicious byproduct of our collaborative work in regenerative agricultural practices.”
In 2016, Patagonia Provisions’ partners at The Land Institute in Salina, Kansas, made a breakthrough in organic and regenerative agriculture with Kernza, the perennial grain used in Patagonia Provisions’ inaugural beer: Long Root Pale Ale. Released in October 2016, it was the first commercially available beer made with Kernza. The perennial wheat is ideally suited for organic and regenerative agriculture practices. Its long perennial roots thrive without pesticides, require less water than conventional wheat while helping to reduce erosion and remove more carbon from the atmosphere. Kernza also makes delicious beer. Patagonia Provisions believes the future of farming and our planet lies in organic and regenerative agriculture – a practice that restores soil biodiversity, sequesters carbon, and grows crops without chemical fertilizers or pesticides.
Patagonia Provisions chose Hopworks Urban Brewery to create its series of beers made with Kernza due to the brewery’s strong commitment to organics and sustainable brewing practices. Hopworks, experts in organic beer, is a B Corporation and is on a mission to revolutionize the brewing industry for the better. This refreshing West Coast-style IPA, at 6.2% ABV, has flavors of citrus and evergreen hops with a subtle bitterness and malty aroma to round out the experience. It’s light with a vibrant pop from the carbonation.
Ska Brewing takes Mesa Guava year-round
Ska Brewing will bring the Southwest-inspired flavors of its Mesa Guava IPA to all of its distribution states this week. Mesa Guava IPA first debuted as a limited batch in cans in Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona earlier this year. Now it’s back due to popular demand, joining the year-round portfolio and hitting all of Ska’s markets. This beer will be the first to join Ska’s year-round canned beer portfolio since the release of Double Hazy IPA cans earlier in spring
This new IPA was born through a brainstorm with Whole Foods. Fitting for both its Central American roots from which ska music originates and its compatibility with hop-forward flavors, guava was selected as this IPA’s key ingredient. Bold notes of Trident, Strata, and Idaho 7 hops meet tropical undertones in this balanced, medium-bodied beer.
“The fruit reinforces this beer’s sense of place at Ska and in the Southwest,” says Ska Brewing Co-Founder and CEO Dave Thibodeau. “Follow the mesa country to where the fruit originated from, and you’ll find the cultural inspiration for Ska Brewing.”
Brew Pipeline is bringing Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Seltzer to market
Brew Pipeline is joining forces with 11 new distributors to bring Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Seltzer to new markets across the U.S. Due to a successful summer launch, the hard seltzer will reach even more consumers with the help of these new states this September. At 5.6% ABV, Hell’s Seltzer features four Hell’s Kitchen-inspired flavors including Berry Inferno, Knicker Twist, Mean Green and That’s Forked. Brew Pipeline and flavor consultants, Lift Bridge Brewing Company, worked with Celebrity Chef Gordon Ramsay on the development of each drink.
“We are extremely excited and proud to be extending the availability of Hell’s Seltzer to partners and consumers across the country,” says Scott Ebert, president of Brew Pipeline. “The early reviews by consumers, along with the success in markets by our partners and retailers, is driving demand and the need for expansion with increased production. Everyone is loving the unique flavor profiles inspired by Gordon’s restaurants. It truly is one Hell of a Seltzer!”
Urban South – HTX, Turning Point team on Samoa-inspired imperial stout
Urban South – HTX has teamed up with Bedford’s Turning Point Beer to create a new brew for Texas beer fans to enjoy. Twain Twacks is an imperial stout embodying the Girl Scout cookie classic Samoa with caramel, toasted coconut and chocolate cookies. This is a dark, full-bodied stout with hints of caramelized sugar and chocolate syrup on first taste and a lingering toasted coconut flavor.
“We got to know the Turning Point team at the Lager Fest we hosted earlier this summer, and were inspired by their creative, fun-loving spirit,” said Dave Ohmer, General Manager of Urban South – HTX. “It’s more important than ever for us to support and collaborate with our fellow Texas craft breweries, and we hope our fans will enjoy the fruits of this effort.”
No tricks, just treats in Allagash’s Haunted House
Allagash Brewing Co. is gearing up for CBB’s favorite season with the return of Haunted House, a deliciously dark hoppy ale. Inspired by a love of pitch-black porters and Allagash House Beer, the brewery uses roasted barley and Blackprinz malt to curse this beer with a gravely dark hue. Hopped with Crystal, Nugget, Cascade, and Northern Brewer, this beer ends with a ghostly coffee note and hauntingly complex malty palate.
“Haunted House originated from our pilot system but has since become one of our favorite traditions at the brewery to signify the official start of the fall season here in Maine,” said Jason Perkins, Brewmaster, Allagash. “It’s a great easy-drinking beer as the weather cools down and we can’t wait for fans to enjoy it again.”
Longtime fans of Haunted House will also notice the can’s new eye-catching color scheme and design. “Because this is such an approachable beer, we wanted to make sure our design captured the ‘whimsy’ of the season while also catching people’s attention on the shelf,” said Todd Beaulieu, Senior Designer at Allagash.
Sly Fox, 2SP Brewing team on hoppy lager
Sly Fox Brewing Co. and 2SP Brewing Co. collaborated with a simple goal in mind: make something that the brewers at both 2SP and Sly Fox would want to drink. The result is Dog Will Hunt Hoppy Lager, a new collaboration beer that will be coming to select mid-Atlantic taps and retailers in the next few weeks.
“This whole thing started when we were visiting our friends at 2SP, sipping on some delicious beers at their brewery in Aston,” recalls Sly Fox Brewing Company Director of Sales, Peter Giannopoulos. “Both being lager-loving PA brewers, we started talking about our favorite beers and lagers kept hitting the top of our mutual lists.”
“It’s quite common for brewers’ go to beers to be the more nuanced, ‘session-able’ ones in their lineup, and that’s what we sought to incorporate into Dog Will Hunt. If we’re getting together, let’s create something that’s both flavorful and a beer that we want to drink,” added Tim Ohst, Director of Brewery Operations at Sly Fox.
While the beermakers were discussing the approach for the hoppy lager they discovered a mutual admiration for the American funk metal band Primus, and the team landed on an obscure soundbite for the beer’s name and label design inspiration. Like the song for which the beer derives its name, the combination of notes is complex but there is something undeniably satisfying about both.