Locale: Athena, Oregon Vintage: 2016
Farming Partner(s): Johns Ranch
Malting Partner(s): Palouse Pint; Skagit Valley Malting
Barley: LCS Genie (60 ac.)
Certs & Attributes: Salmon-Safe Certified; Dry-Farmed
Status: Successful crop year; actively malting
Our 2016 vintage malting barley was grown outside of Athena, Oregon by Robert Johns and Chris Williams of Johns Ranch. LCS Genie spring barley was seeded in mid-March to one of the most productive dryland fields in Eastern Oregon, perched atop a crest that separates the Walla Walla and Umatilla Valleys. Here, at an elevation of roughly 2200 feet, ample silt-loam soils and uniform topography are met with an average annual precipitation exceeding twenty inches.
A prolonged spring began in February this year, with mild weather and periodic rains continuing mostly uninterrupted through early summer. The growing season's only heat wave brought 100 degree weather to the area for just a few days, right after the barley headed out. Soil moisture was abundant through the heat and the crop handled it beautifully.
Location, care, and weather nursed this dry farmed barley crop to a remarkable yield of 3.16 tons per acre while keeping protein below 10%. A high pressure system stopped the rainfall in mid-July, clearing the way for a bone dry curing window and early harvest on July 29th.
When malting through this vintage, we aim to play off qualities more commonly associated with mild-climate, European malting barley. Lower protein and less phenolic influence offer a balanced, high yielding malt.
We maintain a modest malt inventory and a focus on custom malting. Think freshly malted grain, tailored to the specific needs of brewers, distillers, and bakers. Below you'll find a list of malts produced to-date from this locale and vintage. Please Contact Us if you'd like to see some samples and chat about a potential order. Or just to chat, really :)
2-Row Spring Barley, LCS Genie
2016 Athena 2-Row Pilsner
Batch No. 1 // Palouse Pint - Dec. 2016 // Analysis
2016 Athena 2-Row Pale
Batch No. 1 // Palouse Pint - Feb. 2016 // Analysis
Batch No. 2 // Palouse Pint - Feb. 2016 // Analysis