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OSU barley variety "Thunder" is on the AMBA recommended list and coming soon to 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.  There are excellent reports on the 2018 harvest. 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 at the dawn of agriculture. But there weren’t naked varieties adapted to the Pacific Northwest. That’s where Buck comes in.  A first step towards mutli-use (food, malt, feed), Foundation Seed of Buck Naked Barley will be available for planting in fall, 2020.

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 two studies published in the Journal of the American Society of Brewing Chemists, a research team led by Oregon State University found significant differences in beer flavor and documented the contributions of genetics and terroir. 

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