MSU Researchers Bringing Back a 100 Year Old Barley Crop to Bolster the Craft Beer Industry

The huge growth of craft breweries in recent years has led to increased demand for high quality, unique ingredients. Local producers in Michigan have been trying to get their hands on Spartan barley, which had a reputation for high quality in the 1930’s but it fell out of favor after World War II. Today it is all but extinct.

Researchers at the Michigan State University College of Agriculture & Natural Resources have successfully revived the Spartan barley from a small, five gram seed sample that was saved in a USDA gene bank. They now have 10 acres of Spartan planted, and according to Michigan Live, ‘local maltsters … are anxious to give it a try.”

Read more about the Spartan barley miracle here.

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