Beer Blast Malt Workshop

Photo by Joyce Ervin Photographed enjoying a glass of craft brewed beer are local growers Vicki and Tom Zilke.  They will be attending the Michigan Malt Workshop in Feb. learning more about grains and brew.  The public is invited.

Photo by Joyce Ervin
Photographed enjoying a glass of craft brewed beer are local growers Vicki and Tom Zilke. They will be attending the Michigan Malt Workshop in Feb. learning more about grains and brew. The public is invited.

By Joyce Ervin

Craft brewers and home brewers alike will welcome the opportunity to attend the Michigan Malt Workshop to be held in Ypsilanti Market Place on February 28 where discussion on local grains for craft beverage production will be addressed.
Local farmer, Vicki Zilke, said “This is a great opportunity to learn more about grains, malting processes and research.”
The event is sponsored by Fermenta Michigan Women’s Craft Collective, New Growth Associates and Michigan State University. 
Speakers from MSU will address the growing of barley and current research initiatives, Megan Goldenberg, malter and agriculture economist, from Saline will offer malt sensory and tasting.  A roundtable of industry professionals will provide useful information.
Zilke said the workshop should provide much information to local growers and brewers adding there is an initiative to bring awareness on what varieties of grains growers should plant to produce better malting for beer, vodka, bourbon and other beverages.  Learning more about grains such as oats, barley and wheat that local growers can produce is good business and helps both growers and brewers.

Michigan ranks second in the country for growing a diversity of foods besides grains.  A movement known as re-localizing the food chain gives Michigan growers a marketplace, lowers costs and brings fresher foods to consumers and manufacturers and producers.
So, whether you plant acres or just purchase enough grain for your brewery to craft local beers or chose to  brew some up in your garage or basement, this workshop is for you.
The Ypsilanti Market Place is located 16 S. Washington St., Ypsilanti.  This is a NO Charge event that runs from 5:30 to 8 p.m. with a Happy Hour to Follow.
For more information, visit www.localgrains.eventbrite.com.

Joyce Ervin is a freelance writer reporting on Milan.  She can be contacted at:  jlervin42 [at] yahoo [dot] com.

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