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Brewing with Low-Color Malts

 

“It used to be that a brewery worth its chops had to have an IPA,” says BSG Midwest Sales Director Chris German, “now it’s Pils.” 

The 2016 GABF would seem to support this, with record numbers of entries in the pale lager categories.

Malt color – as well as many flavor compounds – are created in the kiln. Lower temperatures and shorter kiln times mean paler malts that let the milder noble hops  typically used for pale lagers have more of a voice in the glass.

Koda Energy: The Power Behind Rahr Malt

Every bag of Rahr malt produced at the Shakopee, MN maltings is printed with a distinctive icon: a dinosaur inside a circle and bar. For the thousands of breweries who use Rahr malts, that icon – indicating “Fossil-Free Malting” - might be the only indication that Koda Energy exists.

Hidden from the street by towering grain elevators and surrounded by tall malthouses, the power plant that supplies energy to the Rahr Malting Co. campus may be easy to miss, but it is unique in the world and indispensible to the malt you rely on: 100% of the power for Rahr Malting comes from Koda.

Rahr Corporation Celebrates Completion of World's Largest Single-Site Malting Facility

Shakopee, Minn. – Rahr Corporation debuted its malt house and other new spaces to 650 neighbors and the local brewing community on Saturday, September 24. Rahr began the $68 million expansion project in April 2015 and completed it six months ahead of schedule. 

“This project is focused on taking our quality, capabilities and service to an even higher level,” said William Rahr, president and chief executive officer of Rahr Corporation, a family-owned business for the past 169 years. “We’re adding 28 full-time employees at our home base in Shakopee to make this growth possible and meet the needs of a thriving brewing and beverage industry.”

A Look at the 2016 Hop Crop

BSG Hops has been out in the fields monitoring progress in the weeks leading up to harvest, and we like what we're seeing - good growth and good cone set. Please contact your Sales Manager for more info or to forecast your hop needs for the coming crop year.

Cascade cones from Cornerstone Ranches.

Maris Otter In Summit's 30th Anniversary Beer

Our friends at Summit Brewing Co. invited us over on a brew day for a limited-release beer celebrating their 30th anniversary, using 100% Simpsons Maris Otter from BSG. Thanks to head brewer Damian McConn and everyone at Summit for having us - can't wait to have the finished product!

Baton handed on - 64 billion pints worth of malt later

When Euan Macpherson joined Crisp Malting Group in 1987, the company was making 120,000 tonnes of malt a year. During his tenure, production has more than trebled to an annual output of 430,000 tonnes: 5% of EU output. This means that Euan has overseen the production of enough malt to make over 64 billion pints of beer, enough to give every person in the UK 1,000 pints each.

Euan is retiring following a lifetime career in brewing, distilling and malting. Adrian Dyter, previously from Boortmalt and Carlsberg, has been shadowing Euan for a short period, and has now fully taken over as Crisp Malting’s managing director.

Great River, Great Beer

BSG CraftBrewing is proud to support 72 Stretch, a limited-edition Gose that's a collaboration between Rahr Malting Co., Fulton Beer, Friends of the Mississippi River, and Bob Mitchell's Fly Shop. $1 from every pint helps fund FMR's work to protect, restore, and enhance the Mississippi for everyone.

The launch party for 72 Stretch will take place on Tuesday August 2 at the Fulton taproom in Minneapolis, MN. More details here.

 

BSG Opens New Distribution Center in Shakopee, MN

Brewers Supply Group opened a new 80,000 square-foot distribution center in Summer 2016. The new facility will replace the former warehouse in Kasota, MN, and will serve BSG’s brewery customers across the United States.

The new distribution center is part of a large expansion project undertaken by BSG and its parent company, Rahr Corporation, which also includes a new malthouse on as well as a 20,000 square-foot technical center housing a pilot brewery, micro-malting facility and expanded malt quality control lab.

Brewery Local: Crane Brewing


Raytown, MO

Population: 29,510

http://cranebrewing.com/

Raytown, MO was once known as the “Lost Township” when an 1826 Jackson County survey declared the tough prairie grassland to not be worth measuring. William Ray disagreed and set up a blacksmith shop at the crossroads of many important settler trails, developing a center for trade and gathering. What began as a humble Santa Fe Trail stop for early 19th century pioneers heading west, Raytown has grown into an important economic development corridor blending the best of modern urban and suburban life.

That pioneering spirit important to Raytown’s namesake has not been lost on Michael Crane. Michael may seem the unlikely subject of a brewery story: he never was much of a beer drinker. But a fateful clearance sale and an innate scientific inquisitiveness transformed into a passion for exquisitely crafted beer. Toss in whimsical experimentation with exotic ingredients and styles, and you’ll understand the soul of Crane Brewing. We spoke with Michael to get the full story.

Yeast Selection for Oktoberfests

Even though it’s midsummer, it’s not too soon to start planning fall seasonals – for many, this might mean something with pumpkin, but for traditionalists it’s a classic Oktoberfest.

Like other Bavarian lagers, the ingredients for an O-fest are fairly straightforward – a good base of Vienna, or a mix of Pils/Munich; noble hops to balance – the devil is in the details, and fermentation is a big detail for this style. Here is a quick overview of our lager strain selection to help you select the best strain for the job: