Brought to you by the OSU Barley project – a team of barley enthusiasts dedicated to generating fundamental knowledge about barley, applying the knowledge to stimulate economic development through the release of novel barley varieties, sharing barley genetic resources, and encouraging barley use and consumption.

The Barleyworld Zine

Check out the new Barley zine that was created as part of the OREI naked barley project! It includes many delicious recipes for beginner to advanced cooks. 

The Oregon Naked Barley Blend

The Oregon Naked Barley Blend (ONBB) is a resource for research and plant breeding. It consists of 753 doubled haploids derived from 33 crosses involving 28 different parental lines and 40 different grandparental lines. For more information on the blend and how to grow it, click here!

OSU barley variety "Thunder" is on the AMBA recommended list and may be in a bottle near you

Thunder, a winter 2-row, covered malting barley is on the American Malting Barley Association (AMBA) list of recommended malting barley varieties.  More information on the variety.  Information on licensing

“Buck” naked barley: food, feed, brew

Naked barley has been around for 10,000 years, the result of a natural mutation that was selected ~ 8,000 years ago.  But there weren’t naked varieties adapted to the Pacific Northwest. That’s where Buck comes, a successor to the Streaker germplasm.  A first step towards multi-use (food, malt, feed), Foundation Seed of Buck Naked Barley is available from Washington Crop Improvement Association. Buck is a public variety - no royalty or restriction on saving seed.

Barley no longer an afterthought in beer flavor

Barley has always played second fiddle to hops and yeast when it comes to beer flavor. Now the grain is ready for its solo. In studies published in the Journal of the American Society of Brewing Chemists, a research team led by Oregon State University finds significant differences in beer flavor and documents the contributions of genetics and terroir. The latest installment features an exploration of what may keep Maris Otter in the swim. Click here for the open access reprint at JASBC.  

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