This past week I had the pleasure of visiting the Briess WY barley operations and growers appreciation dinner in Powell, WY. I traveled with my guests Joe Casey of Craft Brew Alliance, Matt Johnson of Karl Strauss Brewing and Scott Fisk who is a barley research dude from Oregon State University in Corvallis. We were given an excellent tour of our above pictured grain elevator and our certified seed plant by operations manager Rick Redd–he runs a very tight ship. As this Big Horn Basin area of the country is high elevation desert at 4,300ft it takes a lot of irrigation water that is pulled from the Shoshone River Irrigation District/Buffalo Bill Dam and the barley we harvest there is delightfully bright and plump!
The growers dinner was outstanding and we had 200+ in attendance for the BBQ dinner + beer, speakers and the all important raffle–we even gave out a few homebrew kits as prizes. I think one of the hits of the dinner was the special appreciation belt buckle we gave out to each of our growers. Thank you WY/MT Briess growers for all you do to insure we have super high quality barley for the craft brewers!!!