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Barley and Malting Quality: A Field to Brewhouse Perspective Is a Collaborative Course

The North Dakota State University Northern Crops Institute, Institute of Barley and Malt Sciences and Department of Plant Sciences will hold the Barley and Malt Quality Short Course: A Field to Brewhouse Perspective October 1-4, 2018. This collaborative course has been offered for more than 33 years to people interested in learning the finer points of barley production, malting and brewing.

September 25, 2018

The North Dakota State University Northern Crops Institute (NCI) will hold the Barley and Malt Quality Short Course: A Field to Brewhouse Perspective October 1-4, 2018.

The NCI has collaborated with the Institute of Barley and Malt Sciences (IBMS) and the Department of Plant Sciences for more than 33 years to present this short course to people interested in learning the finer points of barley production, malting and brewing. This is a unique learning opportunity at NDSU, and has been attended by barley and malt industry executives, maltsters, brewers, farmers, brew masters and students worldwide.

Most of the course will consist of classroom lectures; however, a hands-on Specialty Malts and Malt Flavor Demonstration will be presented by Cassie Poirier, sensory specialist at Briess Malt and Ingredients Company in Chilton, Wisconsin, as part of the course.

Other presenters include Dr. Jochum Wiersma, Extension agronomist from the University of Minnesota; Dr. Richard Horsley, NDSU barley breeder; Dr. Paul Schwarz, NDSU barley and malt quality specialist; Mr. Aaron Eernisse and Dr. Xiang Yin of Rahr Malting Company in Shakopee, Minnesota; Dr. Katrina Christianson and Mr. Chris Anderson from Intelligent Malt in Fargo; Mr. Brent Manning from Riverbend Malt House in Asheville, North Carolina; and Dr. Frayne Olson, NDSU crop economist from the Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics.

One course attendee, Jessie Smith, is a scholarship recipient chosen by the Pink Boots Society (PBS). Smith is the quality control and sensory specialist at Saint Arnold Brewing Company in Houston, Texas. The IBMS and the North Dakota Barley Council sponsor the scholarship. The official mission on the PBS website states, “The Pink Boots Society was created to assist, inspire and encourage women beer industry professionals to advance their careers through education.” To read more about the PBS and the scholarship, click https://bit.ly/2xP5PaC.

The IBMS features the only vertically integrated barley research program in the U.S., including a barley breeder, barley and malt quality specialist and barley plant pathologist as well as research relationships with economic and marketing faculty who work in the complicated barley economic and marketing world.

Course registration is closed.

Author: Karen Hertsgaard, 701-231-5384,
Editor: Kamie Beeson, 701-231-7123,

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