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Empire State Barley & Malt Summit - Taking Stock of New York’s Grain to Beverage Value Chain

Wednesday, December 16th:

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Morning session

10:00 am - 10:10 am Cheryl Thayer, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Harvest New York Program, ‘Welcome and Meeting Objectives’ 
10:10 am - 11:20 am

Keynote Presentations and Discussion

10:10 am - 10:50 am

Bart Watson, Economist, Brewer’s Association, ‘Craft brewing from local ingredients: A national perspective’

10:50 am - 11:20 am

Jason Perkins, Brewmaster, Allagash Brewing, ‘Craft brewing from local ingredients: A northeast region perspective’

11:20 am - Noon

A Panel of New York Craft Brewers (Jason Sahler, moderator) ‘Experiences in brewing and marketing beer made from New York malt’

Mike McManus, Industrial Arts Brewing

Jason Sahler, Strong Rope Brewery

Brett Taylor, Wild East Brewing

Chad Zimar, Steuben Brewing

Noon - 1:00 pm

Lunch on your own

1:00 pm
 - 4:00 pm

Afternoon session

1:00 pm - 1:20 pm Gary Bergstrom, Professor, Cornell University, ‘Welcome to afternoon session’;  Commercial grain quality and mycotoxin survey results’
1:20 pm - 1:40 pm Aaron MacLeod, Hartwick College Center for Food and Beverage, Functional & flavor characteristics of NY grains for malting, brewing & distilling
1:40 pm - 2:10 pm Aaron Gabriel, Christian Malsatzki, and Michael Stanyard, Cornell Cooperative Extension Field Crops Educators, ‘Summary of survey responses from barley producers’
2:10 pm - 2:25 pm Perspectives of malt houses malting New York grown grains’ (2 min. each)


Judd Hallett and Emily Hill, Murmuration Malts

Ted and Patty Hawley, New York Craft Malt

Jeff Hughes, Country Malt Group

Dennis and Jeanette Nesel, Hudson Valley Malt

Max Ocean, Subversive Malting and Brewing

Andrea and Christian Stanley, Valley Malt

2:25 pm - 2:35 pm Joel LaVangia, Ten Mile Distillery, ‘Experiences of distillers making spirits from New York malted grains’
2:35 pm - 2:45 pm Emily Cayer, Northeast Grainshed, ‘Northeast Grainshed Regional Food Systems Partnership Program Update’
2:45 pm - 3:15 pm Mark Sorrells, Professor, Cornell University, and Daniel Sweeney, Graduate Student, Cornell University, ‘Update from the Born, Bred, and Brewed in New York barley breeding program and the story behind New York’s new spring malting barley variety’
3:15 pm - 3:30 pm Hon. Richard Ball, Commissioner of NYS Dept. Agriculture & Markets, ‘Comments and announcement of winning barley name’
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Next Steps for the Grains to Beverage Value Chain in New York

  Value Chain Panel and Discussion:


John Hanchar, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Economics Educator, Moderator

John Kast, Kast Farms

Dennis Nesel, Hudson Valley Malt

Jason Havens and David Johnson, Rusty Nickel Brewing

4:00 pm