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THE CRAFT MALT REVOLUTION

A grassroots movement in today’s malting industry. Small-batch, independent maltsters are coming together, in a rising tide to bring heart, diversity, relocalization, and excitement to the marketplace.
 
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A NOTE
FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Greetings, Guild Members! I hope, wherever you are, you are staying healthy and safe. It’s hard to believe it, but summer is nearly at an end. As I write this note, much of the barley harvest here in my corner of southwest Montana and the rest of the Northwest has or is almost finished up. On its heels, Montana is set to get some of the first “fall-like” weather of the season. No kidding, the high today is predicted to be a crisp 52°F accompanied by some rain. It’s a strange feeling and welcome relief after the relentless past two months of heat and wildfire smoke.

On the Guild front, fall is shaping up to be a busy season. We’ll be in Denver, CO for the 2021 Craft Brewers Conference from September 9-12. If you’re planning to attend, stop by the Craft Maltsters Guild Booth #4904 to visit myself and Hannah Turner (MSU Barley, Malt & Brewing Lab Director and Guild board member). And, if you’d like to help out at the booth at all while you’re there, shoot me an email (director@craftmalting.com). One week later (September 19-25), we kick off the second annual Craft Malt Week. Learn how you can get involved

We also can’t forget, September means it’s MALT CUP SEASON! In its fourth year, the Malt Cup will expand to three categories with Pale, Pilsen, and Pale Ale Malts hashing it out in what we’ve dubbed the ultimate base malt battle. For 2022, the competition entry window has been extended to a full four weeks from September 13-October 11. This entry window has a hard deadline, so start planning your entries. Full competition details and instructions on how to enter are available on the Guild’s website.

Speaking of 2022, calling all early birds! As of this past Sunday, registration is officially open for the 2022 Craft Malt Conference. Both in-person and virtual registration options are available with Craft Maltsters Guild members getting the best rates. Read all about it here and learn about the speakers confirmed to date, sessions in-planning, and tours tentatively scheduled for the 5th annual event. Register today.

Finally, I bring you our Q3 newsletter, an issue bursting at the seams with high-quality content. Read on to see what we have in store for you!

First up, Board President Brent Manning brings us up to speed with the latest goings-on of the Guild’s Board of Directors and it’s various working groups. Then, we introduce you to Arkansas's first Craft Malt Certified brewery, Prestonrose Farm & Brewing Company and highlight Mainstem Malt’s promotion of diversity, equity, and inclusion through their WeFunder crowdfunding campaign.  We also kick off the new “Field to Bench” series where RadCraft writer Meghan Howes gives voice to the people behind North America’s rockstar quartet of malt quality testing labs.

Over in the Quality Corner, get double the fun with not one, but two interesting research-focused articles. In the first submission, Harmonie Bettenhausen, newly-hired Director of the Hartwick College Center for Craft Food and Beverage shares the findings of her study of the metabolomics of malt flavor and gives insight into the emerging chemical trends she observed. Additionally, Jessica Williams, Ph.D. Candidate at Montana State University gives us a rundown of the unique research she’s conducting on barley and wheat plant root systems and why this work is important in developing more drought-tolerant small grain varieties.

Now get to it and enjoy the newsletter! I hope to see some of you in Denver in a few weeks!

Cheers,
Jesse Bussard
Executive Director

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
UPDATE

 

Brent is here with industry commentary looking into the fall. Members, let us know how we can support during these dynamic times.
Read Brent's Q3 Update

GUILD MEMBER
HIGHLIGHTS

 

Prestonrose Farm & Brewery is a certified organic farm, farm-to-table restaurant, and on-farm brewery that's Craft Malt Certified based in Paris, Arkansas. 
Meet Prestonrose


DEI IN
ACTION

Mainstem Malt is on a mission to expand their investor group with diversity, equity, and inclusion— and they're doing it all through crowdfunding. 
More on Mainstem

2022 MALT CUP

A BATTLE OF THE BASE MALTS
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO.
Call for Malt Cup Judges

Along with upholding malt quality, the Malt Cup competition is a way to bring together others interested and excited about craft malt. In 2021, we had 83 individual judges from across the industry. Their debates were energetic and passionate as they volleyed for their favorite malts! This year we hope to grow our judging community! So, if competition really isn’t your thing but you’d still like to be involved, please reach out to Guild Executive Director, Jesse Bussard at director@craftmalting.com to find out how to become a judge and/or host a remote judge location for this year's evaluations.
2022 CRAFT MALT CON

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QUALITYCORNER

Malt quality resources abound this quarter with not one, but two articles to support best practices...

Interpreting the Malt Hot Steep Extract: Emerging Chemical TrendsHarmonie Bettenhausen of Hartwick College

Studying Roots Is Challenging But Could Help Wheat and Barley Breeders Improve Drought ToleranceJessica Williams - Ph.D. Candidate at Montana State University

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Call for Research Poster Submissions

Are you conducting research on barley, malting, brewing, or distilling? Would you like to share your work with other members of the craft malt community? This year at the conference there will be a poster session for researchers, academics, maltsters, and other attendees doing research relevant to the craft malt industry. If you would like to participate in the poster session, please submit a 250-word abstract using the following link by October 1st, 2021. In the abstract, please include a brief introduction, methods, results, and conclusion section. We will contact you in mid-October with details about the poster session.

Any questions about the poster session can be directed to Dr. Brigid Meints at Oregon State University,
Brigid.Meints@oregonstate.edu.

 
Submit Abstracts Here
The 2021 CRAFT MALT WEEK theme is EDUCATION.

Join us for a week of virtual craft malt education opportunities, or plan your own!  

LEARN MORE HERE

CBC 2021

We'll be at Booth #4909 demonstrating the hot steeping process, signing up new Craft Malt Certified seal members, and taking selfies with our mascot, the Craft Malt seal! Come say hello! 

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MALT CUP SUBMISSIONS

Submissions will be accepted from September 13th to October 11th!

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WEBINAR 9/30

Don't miss our September webinar, The Deeper Chemistry of Malt Quality: Starch & Gelatinization Temperatures. 

Click Here for More Info »

CRAFT MALT CON 2022

Mark your calendars!

Early Bird Registration is Open »

KERNELS
MALT IN THE MEDIA

Women Defining the Craft Malt Industry, Beer Sessions Radio on Heritage Radio Network, July 1, 2021

Untrained Beer Drinkers Can Taste Different Barley Genotypes, WSU Insider, July 20, 2021

Pillars of Tradition - How a Generation of Brewers Returned to Decoction Mashing, Good Beer Hunting, July 20, 2021

South by Northwest Craft Malt Exchange, Beer Sessions Radio on Heritage Radio Network, July 30, 2021

Australian whiskey 101: Local distillers shake things up with native grains, rye whiskey and even coffee, Good Food, August 2, 2021

Jesse Bussard, Craft Maltsters Guild - Boys are from Märzen Podcast, PorchDrinking.com, August 4, 2021

Bühler plans virtual malting symposium, World-Grain.com, August 5, 2021
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