Locale: Willamette Valley Vintage: 2017
Farming Partner(s): Goschie Farms
Malting Partner(s): Skagit Valley Malting
Barley: LCS Genie (11 Ac); OSU Full Pint (9.5 ac); WSU Lyon (9.5 Ac)
Certs & Attributes: Salmon-Safe Certified; Dry-Farmed
Status: Fields seeded 5/10, actively growing
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[2016 Vintage malt now available]
Most PNW brewers are familiar with the Goschies' hoppy contributions to the craft beer industry. That's because they're a multi-generational hop farming family in the Portland area, with over 550 acres of the world's first Salmon-Safe Certified hops. This year, we're honored that they've joined the Mainstem farming team to grow their first crop of malting barley. Welcome aboard, Goschies. And cheers to 100% Estate-Grown and Salmon-Safe Certified ingredients for beer.
Our 33 acres of Goschie spring malting barley will be split to trial three different varieties at pilot production scales. The Willamette Valley is not commonly known for malting barley production, but recent work at Oregon State University's Barley World has been showing great potential. The climate is much different than our Walla Walla Valley and Athena locales, so we thought we'd give it a shot.
The Genie variety was chosen due to past performance and for comparison across all of our locales in the 2017 vintage. Full Pint was chosen due to its newfound cult following, its Oregon State barley breeding origins, and to enable cross-locale comparisons with 2017 Full Pint grown in the Walla Walla Valley. Washington State University's Lyon was chosen for its German malting barley lineage. We were also excited at the opportunity to have barley breeders from both OSU and WSU be part of this project.
April 21, 2017
Even more so than in our Athena, Oregon and Walla Walla Valley locales, the soggy spring has kept these farmers out of their fields. The farmers have just recently been able to start preparing the fields, with the goal of seeding during the next prolonged fair weather window.
May 10, 2017
All fields are now seeded! Literally hours before the next string of wet weather. The field we had planned for the LCS Genie barley was still too soggy, so there was a slight change of plans with an interesting twist. The Genie is now in a field that was just rotated out of hops. Very rare situation and SO COOL!
June 7, 2017
Following prompt emergence, each of these varieties has been quickly making up for lost time. It's interesting to note that our underdog/wildcard variety "WSU Lyon" is over 2" ahead of the other two varieties. A vigorous grower, for sure. If the season continues with its merciful intervals of cool precipitation and warm sunshine, we should end up with three top notch malting grain lots. Fingers crossed, perpetually.