Lo­cal malt bar­ley grow­ers in spot­light

The Drumheller Mail - - REAL ESTATE - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail file­photo

Lo­cal malt bar­ley grow­ers, which have been key in sup­ply­ing a Cal­i­for­nia craft brew­ery are in the spot­light again after the Globe and Mail pub­lished an ar­ti­cle on the Chi­nook Arch Grow­ers. Board was dis­solved, were able to sign a long-term deal with La­gu­ni­tas Brew­ery, based in Pe­taluma, Cal­i­for­nia.

Last Tues­day lo­cal farmer Doug Her­man was fea­tured in the Globe and Mail ar­ti­cle.

“For us, it’s the con­tin­u­a­tion of the con­ver­sa­tions we have been hav­ing across the bor­der for a num­ber of years. For us I think it is nice to tell the story more lo­cally be­cause the mo­men­tum of the craft is fi­nally pick­ing up in Canada, and it is nice to do it in your own back­yard,” said Her­man.

The re­la­tion­ship that he and the part­ners of Chi­nook Arch have built with La­gu­ni­tas is now be­ing looked at by other grow­ers and brew­eries.

“We started as a bit of a trial project, but I know through our evo­lu­tion it has spawned more sim­i­lar con­tracts,” he said. “It’s neat that it is get­ting some trac­tion now.”

Lo­cal farmer Doug Her­man was spot­lighted in the Globe and Mail talk­ing about a part­ner­ship forged be­tween Cal­i­for­nia brew­ery La­gu­ni­tas and lo­cal bar­ley grow­ers.

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