Virtual Empire State Barley and Malt Summit

We again hosted our the Empire State Barley and Malt Summit and did so free for all virtually on December 16, 2020. The Summit brought together leaders in the New York State malting barley supply chain to provide:

  • Research-based technical updates
  • Best practices for success
  • Supply-chain networking opportunities

The program included keynote speakers Bart Watson (Economist, Brewer’s Association) and Jason Perkins (Founder and Brewer of Allagash Brewing) to discuss the state of craft brewing from local ingredients from national and Northeast regional perspectives. In addition a panel of New York State Brewers discussed their approaches to using local ingredients, what they want in malt characteristics, and how they market all New York ingredient brews to their consumers.

The afternoon program included updates from value chain sectors, to include technical updates from Cornell and Hartwick researchers and Extension agronomists. Of particular excitement this year will be the official naming of the new spring malting barley variety, developed through Cornell’s Born, Bred, and Brewed in NY barley breeding program! The Honorable Commissioner of NYS Dept. of Agriculture and Markets, Richard Ball, announced the winning name.

Videos from the program are now available! View the agenda and videos from the event by topic. (Look for the Video link after each segment title in the agenda.)