This week on Beer Sessions Radio, Jimmy is keeping the summer of craft malt going with Jesse Bussard from the Craft Maltsters Guild in Bozeman, MT; Vince Tursi from Dssolvr Brewery in Asheville, NC; Erik Youngren from Skagit Valley Malting in Burlington WA; and Brent Manning from Riverbend Malthouse in Asheville, NC.
To kick things off, the gang introduces us to the South by Northwest project, spearheaded by Erik and Brent. As maybe one of the first malt collaborations ever, the two explain how the exchange has helped educate on the different growing seasons across the country. Brent then gives us some context with how he got started, and he and Erik highlight some of the first beers to feature their malt. Vince also chimes in to highlight the underlying malt presence in some of his lagers.
After the break, Jesse shouts out the annual craft malt conference and how breweries can get in on the craft malt certified seal. Working towards that seal starts with a good quality crop, and Erik and Brent both explain how weather and regions pose lots of challenges. Vince also chimes in to explain how he extracted flavor profiles from the Talisman malt. To wrap things up, Vince almost makes Erik cry, and the gang gives us a sneak peek into future plans for the rest of the year.
Photo Courtesy of Erik Youngren.
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