In a market saturated with heritage breed pork programs and commodity pork, Brewer’s Crafted Pork® (BCP) represents a paradigmatic shift for the American dining table. If the last decade of meat processing and animal husbandry has proven anything, it is that genetics matter. We craft our Heritage Berkshire Hogs by finishing them with 6-Row malted barley, the same grain that North American brewers utilize in the production of beer. Six-Row malted barley is rich in natural sugars, complex carbohydrates, natural enzymes, protein, vitamin, minerals, and most importantly, is packed with the flavor of beer. Through the hog’s consumption of said grain, we are able to transfer those immense nutritional properties and unique flavors to our Heritage Berkshire Hogs.
BCP hogs are also raised using animal husbandry techniques pioneered by Allan Savory in the 1980s, which we call “regenerative agriculture.” Domesticated animals raised for meat production, Savory maintained, can be used to reduce carbon emissions through a carefully monitored pasture-management program. Our pasture contains twelve different varietals of grasses, legumes, vegetables, brassicas, and natural forbs. We do not use any inputs that would adversely affect the land such as chemicals. We do not till and release precious water and detrimental carbon into the atmosphere. Instead, we capture carbon through a variety of nitrogen-fixing legumes and root vegetables. Hogs, who are notoriously known for decimating land, have thrived and improved the land using this key management model. BCP, therefore, not only represents a new way to finish hogs but also raise them.
Simply put, raising our BCP hogs correctly and finishing them with 6-row malted barley crafts uniquely-flavored pork unlike any other.
We view our membership in professional organizations as a critical component of our business, processing operations, and continuing education. In 2013, Kern Meat Company was accredited by the Better Business Bureau for its outstanding record of customer service, corporate citizenship, and 66 year history.