Doing your part to help prevent climate change is now as simple as pouring out a draft thanks to the launch of Re-Gen-Ale, from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery.
The Rehoboth, Delaware based Brewery, has partnered with Indigo Agriculture to produce the first traceably sourced beer to address climate change. The launch is just in time for Climate Change Week (Sept. 21-27), but the Brewery’s partnership with Indigo Agriculture started back in January.
“Though this beer is just one small step toward developing more sustainable business practices, working with Indigo to brew Re-Gen-Ale has been a truly rewarding and thought-provoking experience,” said Sam Calagione, founder of Dogfish Head. “It’s shown us how thoughtful and sustainable choices, both big and small, can impact our environment. It has also taught us about new, nature-based solutions we can implement to reduce our carbon footprint and help combat climate change while brewing unique and delicious beers, like Re-Gen-Ale. We had originally planned to release this beer on Earth Day but decided to push the launch to celebrate Climate Week. It’s been a long time coming, but I think I speak for all of us at Dogfish Head and Indigo when I say, we can’t wait to share Re-Gen-Ale with all you beer and nature lovers!”
To begin their work on the new ale, Dogfish Head started creating test batches using traceably sourced ingredients, including sustainable wheat grown using regenerative farming practices. Indigo Agriculture, a company that helps farmers utilize sustainable methods, connected growers with the team at Dogfish Head and worked hand-in-hand with the new recipe’s development. Re-Gen-Ale is a farmhouse-style Saison with a pillowy, soft malt character, herbal, peppery hop profile, and a dry, refreshing finish. It will be a limited-edition beer brewed with Zuper Saazer hops from Michigan, and Willamette hops from Maine, as well as a malt from Epiphany Malt from North Carolina, paired with a house-grown Saison yeast strain. Kansas based farmer, Doug Keesling, produced regeneratively grown wheat used in the brew. Keesling has been implementing regenerative growing practices for 20+ years with methods such as increased crop diversity, reduced pesticide, and fertilizer use, integrating livestock, cover cropping, and not tilling the land.
“(Indigo) Agriculture has always wanted to do the right thing for the environment,” said Keesling. “By partnering with farmers to adopt practices that conserve our soil, water, and environment, Dogfish Head and Indigo created a product that starts with protecting our valuable resources and ends with friends sharing a beer together. What’s not to love about that?”
In addition to the new line, Dogfish Head has announced they will utilize the carbon credit program with Indigo Agriculture. These credits offset more than the amount of carbon used in the brews’ production. This helps incentivize farmers to transition to growing practices that are regenerative.
“With the brewing of Re-Gen-Ale, Dogfish Head has set a compelling example for brewers to consider the role of their suppliers – and agriculture more broadly – in the effort to address climate change,” said Noah Walker, Director of Carbon Product & Business Development at Indigo. “The partnership demonstrates that with the right tools, brands across the beer industry and beyond can efficiently unlock the potential of supply chains to address corporate sustainability and climate goals.”