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Barley Variety Trial Field Day for Craft Brewing, Distilling

July 19, 2018 @ 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Barley emergence at 2018 trial in Adna, WA

Come learn about results from the 2017 barley variety trials, and continued 2018 trials. Last year, nine varieties/ breeding lines were evaluated for agronomic, grain quality, and malting quality, and for unique whiskey flavors. All nine were distilled by project partner Sandstone Distilling. Unaged product was analyzed for flavor compounds at the WSU Wine Science Center by distillate researcher Tom Collins. Malt analysis was conducted at the Hardwick Center for Craft Brewing and Distilling. We’ll take a look at these results, and learn about (and see) the top-performing varieties selected to grow out in the 2018 trials. Product from 2018 will be again distilled at Sandstone, as well as malted and brewed by a regional brewery this winter (for community tasting next summer??). See you on July 19th!

Registration opens at 4pm prior to the tour. Light refreshments will be served. Dress appropriately for summer heat with hat, sunglasses, sunscreen. There is no registration fee.

Please RSVP to Stephen Bramwell, Thurston Co. Extension: 360.790.9308

Come learn about:

  • Grain and malt quality results from 2017, as well as potential unique flavors among western Washington barley malt
  • Field-scale performance of new barley breeding lines
  • Current WSU breeding for brewers, micro-maltsters, and distillers
  • Distiller and brewer views on locally-distinctive products
  • Current information on the impact of grain variety on spirit flavor attributes, and how this study is contributing to this research

Bill Reisinger (Adna host farm) and Brian Thompson (field manager). Stephen Bramwell (Ag Extension, WSU) in Thurston County. Kevin Murphy (Crop & Soil Sciences, WSU) Barley and Alternative Crop Breeder. Tom Collins (Wine & Distillate Science Specialist, WSU) an expert in distillate analyses at WSU Richland Wine Science Center.


July 19, 2018
4:30 pm - 7:00 pm


653 Bunker Creek Rd
653 Bunker Creek Rd
Chehalis, WA 98532 United States
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