Friday, January 27, 2017

Fermenta to Host Workshop on Using Local Grains in Craft Beverages

Grizzly Peak head brewer Duncan Williams will speak on using Michigan-grown grains.

The rapid growth of Michigan's hop industry has received a lot of attention, but what about our great state's grain growers? The planting and processing of barley has also expanded hand-in-hand with the continued emergence of craft brewing and distilling, and now those in the beverage business can learn more about how and why to incorporate Michigan-grown grains into their products.

Fermenta, a collective of Michigan women, in conjunction with Michigan State University and agriculture consultancy New Growth Associates, is hosting "Local Grains for Craft Beverage Production: A Malt Workshop" February 28 at the Ypsilanti Market Place.  The event includes a roundtable of industry professionals, including Grizzly Peak head brewer Duncan Williams; a presentation on MSU's barley research initiatives; a malt sensory and flavor profile seminar with a tasting; and a networking happy hour.

Tickets are $15 for Fermenta members and $25 for non-members. The workshop is a precursory event to the annual Great Lakes Hop & Barley Conference, which will take place in Detroit March 2-3. For more information, including a detailed agenda, and to buy tickets, go here.

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