New beer called ‘Torched Earth’ shows how drink would taste after apocalyptic climate crisis

Breanna Robinson
Friday 30 April 2021 19:00
Food & Drink
(Photo courtesy of New Belgium Brewing)

Colorado brewing company Fat Tire released a new beer that could inspire enthusiasts to be more conscious of climate change globally.

Fat Tire became the first carbon-neutral beer company in the US, and to mark this achievement, they released Torched Earth Ale.

Torched Earth Ale was created to show what “that the future of beer could look like if climate change continues unchecked.”

The beer uses less-than-glamorous ingredients that would be readily available should the world become entirely devastated by climate change in the future. The ingredients include dandelion weeds, shelf-stable extracts, grains that can withstand droughts, and smoke-tainted water.

According to New Belgium Brewing, 70 per cent of Fortune 500 companies still don’t seem to have adequate plans to address climate change by 2030. 2030 is the year that scientists believe climate change could have irreversible damage.

In a press release for Brew Public, the idea of creating smoke malts was used to mimic the impact wildfires will have on water supply, then added drought resistant grains like millet and buckwheat, which are most tolerant to shifting agricultural zones.”

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They said that the starchy liquid produced is unlikely to win awards, but it will showcase “the stakes climate change for beer lovers everywhere.”

The artwork for the beer was created by Los Angeles-based artist and first-generation Moroccan immigrant Kelly Malka. She experienced the direct impact of climate change, such as air pollution and wildfires, in her own community.

Climate change disproportionately affects Black, Indigenous, and many other communities of color that are prone to health ailments such as cardiovascular disease and asthma.

If you want to get your hands on the beer, it costs $39.99 for two four packs of 16 oz. cans and directly ships to people in states such as Kentucky, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, and Washington, D.C., to name some.

All profits made from the beer will be given to fellow nonprofit Protect Our Winters (POW). The Colorado-based nonprofit was created by pro-snowboarder Jeremey Jones in 2007.  Jones realized that The snowboarding resorts that he would frequent were shut down due to lack of snow.

He then realized that there weren’t organizations that focused on stabilizing snowsports amid climate change, hence the creation of Protect Our Winters.

Now POW has more than 130,000 supporters.

Climate change is detrimental to farmers who grow the necessary ingredients for beers such as barley. So as the temperature increases, it could cause a drought that will disrupt beer production and increase the price of beer, which is not ideal in the slightest.

And just like New Belgium Brewing states: “We don’t want to live in a world where a six-pack costs $100.”

For more information on Fat Tire’s Torched Earth beer, click here.

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