Beer

Craft beer boom spurs demand for close-to-home barley malt

GERMANTOWN, New York — The thirst for craft beer and whiskey as well as locally grown food and drink is creating a new market for smaller-scale regional malt houses — and a new high-value crop for grain farmers. The U.Brewers Association says the number of craft malting companies has grown from fewer than five in 2010 to 36 today, with about 50 more in the works.



Craft beer boom spurs demand for close-to-home barley malt