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On behalf of Cornell College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Cornell Cooperative Extension, we are pleased to announce the 5th Empire State Barley and Malt Summit to be offered virtually and free to all on December 16th, 2021 from 9:30 AM until noon!

The program will include keynote speakers Harmonie Bettenhausen (Director, Hartwick College Center for Craft Food and Beverage) speaking on ‘’Managing malt quality in a difficult year”, and Mark Sorrells (Professor, Cornell University) speaking on “The malting barley variety and seed pipeline: Excelsior Gold and beyond”.  We will hear updates on the use of local malts and grains by the state’s brewing and distilling industries. In addition, a panel of New York State grain growers and maltsters will discuss "Next opportunities from farms to malthouses”.

Theme: Next Opportunities for New York’s Grain to Beverage Value Chain  
  • 9:30 am - 9:40 am    
    Gary Bergstrom, Professor, Cornell University, Welcome from Cornell University and Cornell Cooperative Extension’;  ‘Summary of barley production in 2021, a difficult year’
  • 9:40 am – 10:40 am  
    Keynote Presentations and Discussion
    • 9:40 am – 10:00 am  
      Harmonie Bettenhausen, Director, Hartwick College Center for Craft Food and Beverage, ‘Managing malt quality in a difficult year’
    • 10:00 – 10:10    
    • 10:10 – 10:30    
      Mark Sorrells, Professor, Cornell University, ‘The malting barley variety and seed pipeline: Excelsior Gold and beyond’
    • 10:30 – 10:40   
  • 10:40 – 10:45   
  • 10:45 – 11:05    
    Updates on Use of Local Malt and Grains in Beverages
    • 10:45 – 10:55
    • Paul Leone, Executive Director, New York Brewers Association
      Jason Sahler, Strong Rope Brewery, Brooklyn
    • 10:55 – 11:05  
      Stephen Osborn, Stoutridge Winery and Distillery, Marlboro
  • 11:05 – 11:55      
    Next Opportunities from Farms to Malthouses
    • 11:05 – 11:40    New York grain grower and maltster panel
      Christian Malsatzki, moderator, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Ulster Co.
      Francis Domoy, Domoy Farms, Oakfield
      Ted and Patty Hawley, New York Craft Malt, Batavia
      Ken Migliorelli, Migliorelli Farm, Tivoli
      Corey Mosher, Mosher Farms, Bouckville
      Dennis and Jeanette Nesel, Hudson Valley Malt, Germantown
      Jeff Trout, Poormon Farms, Seneca Falls
    • 11:40 – 11:55    Q&A
  • 11:55 – 12:00     
    Cheryl Thayer, Cornell Cooperative Extension Harvest New York Program, ‘Closing comments
  • 12:00 PM    

Date & Time

December 16, 2021
9:30 am - 12:00 pm


malting barley in field

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Contact Information

Cheryl Thayer

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Harmonie Bettenhausen, Hartwick College Center for Craft Food and Beverage

Mark Sorrells, Cornell University


Plant Breeding and Genetics Section

Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section

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