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BA Collab Hour: Exploring Regional Grain Sourcing

January 19 @ 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Beer is an agricultural product with many traditions and styles born out of the availability of locally grown ingredients. Today’s brewing supply chains operate at a much different scale, but developments in craft malting infrastructure, and the need for diversified and resilient cropland, offers an opportunity for reconnecting regional grain farmers, maltsters, and brewers. This BA Collab Hour webinar will explore the potential of regionalizing a portion of a brewery’s grain supply, and the benefits this could have to local agricultural communities, minimizing environmental impact, and differentiating products in a crowded marketplace.


  • John Clarke – Brewing & Distilling Coordinator, Artisan Grain Collaborative
  • Dr. Kevin Smith – Professor, University of Minnesota Dept of Agronomy and Plant Genetics
  • Jesse Bussard – Executive Director, Craft Maltsters Guild
  • Jessica Jones – Co-Owner/Brewer, Giant Jones Brewing



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