The fourth annual Empire State Barley and Malt Summit will be conducted virtually on December 16. The event is free of charge.

The morning program will include keynote speakers Bart Watson (Economist, Brewer’s Association) and Jason Perkins (Brewmaster, Allagash Brewing) to discuss the state of craft brewing from local ingredients from national and northeast regional perspectives. In addition, a panel of New York State Brewers will discuss their approaches to using local ingredients, what they want in malt characteristics, and how they market all New York ingredient brews to their consumers.

The afternoon program will include updates from value chain sectors, to include technical updates from Cornell and Hartwick researchers and Extension agronomists. Of particular excitement this year will be the official naming of the new spring malting barley variety, developed through Cornell’s Born, Bred, and Brewed in NY barley breeding program! The Honorable Commissioner of NYS Dept. of Agriculture and Markets, Richard Ball, will announce the winning name toward the end of the program.

The official program, which can be found on Cornell Field Crop’s website, continues to be updated, so check back frequently. To reserve your spot, register here or click here.