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Cornell has developed the first variety of spring malting barley designed to succeed in New York’s wet climate and support the state’s $5 billion craft beer industry. All it needs now is a name.

Update: Submissions for the contest are currently closed. Join the virtual Empire State Barley and Malt Summit on 12/16 to hear the winner announced by Commissioner Richard Ball, NYS Agriculture and Markets. 

Why malt matters:

Malted barley — also called malt  is the preferred grain for making beer. In its most basic form, it's barley grain that has been allowed to germinate by soaking in water, a process that prepares starches to be converted into fermentable sugars. Malting is a critical, but definitely lesser known step in the celebrated pastime of craft beer brewing. 

How we're helping NY brewers:

Read the story: Name that grain: CALS' barley will boost NYS's beer industry 

About the contest:

The contest runs from Nov. 12 - Dec. 3, 2020.
One winner will be chosen and announced at the virtual Empire State Barley and Malt Summit on Wednesday, Dec. 16 and will receive a "Think NY, Drink NY" growler container, courtesy of the New York State Brewers Association.



  • Entries must be received through the form below between Nov. 12 - Dec. 3, 2020. 
  • Names submitted must be no more than one or two words.
  • Names should be meaningful and celebrate the state and/or brewing culture and heritage.
  • Names can include place names or person names but no known trademarks.
  • To avoid existing trademarks, please review the agricultural variety name list database before submitting.

More information about this event.

Contact Information

Jenn Thomas Murphy

  • jnt3 [at]


Mark Sorrells

  • mes12 [at]


School of Integrative Plant Science

Plant Breeding and Genetics Section

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