Schell’s is on a mission to use more local barley

August Schell Brewing Company will release a new helles in early April made entirely from locally grown barley. It’s the result of an encounter between brewmaster Jace Marti and two University of Minnesota researchers about three years ago. “By chance, one of the lead researchers of the University of Minnesota [Dr. Jochum J. Wiersma, a … [ Read more]

Climate Change: The Good, The Bad, and The Barley

The Minnesota of the future will look very different from today. So, too, will the future of Minnesota beer. Photos by David Hansen, University of Minnesota In January 2015, the United Kingdom’s Hadley Center for Climate, NASA, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) held press conferences—all in the same week—to declare 2014 the … [ Read more]

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For the Love of Barley: Able Seedhouse Finds Its Brewer

Photos by Brandon Werth In today’s craft-beer culture, hops seem to get all the love, but spend a minute scrolling through Able Seedhouse + Brewery’s Instagram feed and you might just experience a tingly feeling for barley you never knew you were capable of. Delicate fields of gold ready for harvest; lush, green elbow-high stalks … [ Read more]