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With beer taps off, malt barley demand down

No significant drop in barley acres expected

MarketsFarm — Declining beer consumption due to the COVID-19 pandemic will also lead to reduced demand for the malt barley to brew it — but acreage to the crop is unlikely to see much adjustment on the Prairies. “I don’t think there’s any question — without sporting events, and festivals, and concerts – that beer

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China-Australia row to reshuffle trade in bulging barley market

Gains for Canada, other exporters won't be 'magical'

Paris | Reuters — A prohibitive Chinese import tariff on Australian barley will benefit other suppliers without changing the bleak global outlook caused by large stocks and depressed beer demand, analysts and traders said. Beijing said on Monday it would apply an 80.5 per cent tariff on Australian barley imports for the next five years,


Chris Wararuk surveys one of Farmery’s hops yards, near Neepawa.

Local content scarce in local brews

University of Manitoba study shows brewers want to buy local but the supply chains don't exist

After 11 years in the business, Wells is still more than happy to yak about beer and what he’s got brewing — like the Pilsner made with Saskatchewan craft-malted barley he has in process. “So far it’s tasting awesome,” he said. Rosthern, Saskatchewan, is the closest Wells can get to local craft malt right now.

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Canada’s barley sector streamlining for synergy

Barley Council, Cereals Canada, CMBTC, Brewing and Malting Research Institute formalize collaboration

Canada’s barley industry wants to become more efficient and effective through increased co-operation, says Barley Council of Canada (BCC) chair Zenneth Faye. To that end the BCC “will undergo a strategic realignment” with Cereals Canada, the Canadian Malting Barley Technical Centre (CMBTC), and the Brewing and Malting Barley Research Institute (BMBRI) starting Aug. 1. “The

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Canadian Malting Barley Technical Centre issues annual variety list to aid growers

Pondering what barley variety to sow this spring? The Canadian Malting Barley Technical Centre (CMBTC) has released its annual list of malting barley varieties that hold the most promise for producers in terms of performance, quality and marketability. The 2019-20 edition includes varieties that have been pilot-scale tested by the CMBTC and which exhibit good


Lyn and Randy Tye are gradually establishing about 15 acres of hops on their acreage near Boissevain to supply locally grown hops to Western Canada’s expanding craft brewing sector.

Prairie Mountain Hops is Manitoba’s newest hops producer

Lyn and Randy Tye who have six acres of hops now established are also acquiring equipment to plant, harvest and process their new crop and support other growers

It’s no wonder Lyn Tye enjoys working in a field of aroma hops on her Boissevain-area farm. About 2,500 plants grow on 2-1/2 acres here. In late July the tall green plants look like an ocean-floor kelp forest, except that they’re growing rows. They’ll soon emit delicious spicy, fruity scents as the hops mature. “It’s

Jason Kang, master distiller at Capital K Distillery, stands in front of the network of stills at his location in Winnipeg.

Distilling the true spirits of Manitoba

Jason Kang of Capital K Distillery has shifted his brewing hobby into a 
full-fledged business, using only Manitoba-grown grain

Winnipegger Jason Kang has taken many jobs since his family immigrated from China in 2003. He has worked in manufacturing and garbage disposal. He has been a dishwasher, a pizza delivery man and a commercial driver. But now he has a different profession behind his name, one that he hopes to make permanent — master

John Heim of Torque Brewing Co. in Winnipeg takes home the 2016 Great Manitoba Food Fight gold prize for the company’s new Witty Belgian Wheat Beer.

Top food fight prize goes to craft beer maker

Craft beer, energy bars, and Asian-inspired sauerkraut impress Great Manitoba Food Fight panel judges in 2016

The 2016 Great Manitoba Food Fight’s top prizewinner is a unique small-batch beer, signalling the creativity and new potential in this province’s emerging craft brewing sector. John Heim of Torque Brewing Co. in Winnipeg last week took home the gold package worth $10,000 for the Witty Belgian Wheat Beer the company has developed. The beer


Brothers Chris and Lawrence Warwaruk hope a malt-barley variety demonstration featuring 
historical varieties will spark a discussion on the farmer-brewer connection.

Back to the future for local brewer

Farmery brewers are hoping to highlight the farm-brewer connection and show the ingredients that make beer to the public

A farm-based beer maker is offering a unique agri-tourism destination that will show attendees the historical ingredients that were used to make beer. Neepawa’s Farmery Estate Brewery, run by brothers Chris and Lawrence Warwaruk, are showcasing the malt barley varieties ranging from a century ago to modern times on their operation, which also produces other

While overall beer consumption is seen as flat, the amount of craft beer produced in North America has been rising.

Craft brewing gives malt barley prices a hop

Acres are seen rising by about five per cent this spring

The craft brewing industry appears to be providing the fastest-rising demand for malt barley, which has been steadily pushing prices higher — but overall reduced demand for beer and increased acres could keep a lid on that strong pricing. “Many maltsters are either 100 per cent craft, or moving the percentages up all the time