Grainshed Collaboration captures concept of communications and coordination between links of supply chain.
PR / NORTHEAST USA (April, 2020) — The Northeast Grainshed beer is a collaboration between like-minded breweries from New England that share a passion to use local ingredients. Using our Northeast supply chain we have used local ingredients from NE states, NJ and NY in this grisette. The Northeast Grainshed Collaboration Beer project started when Wormtown Brewery stepped up and offered to brew a beer that would highlight local maltsters. Wormtown Brewery invited 6 other brewers who said Yes!
After some discussion, they agreed to brew a Grisette, with the most unique malts local maltsters make. Valley Malt reached out to 9 fellow Northeast Maltsters to contribute their favorite malt. A recipe was formulated, calculating it all out. Each can of beer will contribute 3.5 SqFt to the local grainshed.
Maltsters: Rabbit Hill Malt – NJ, Hudson Valley Malt – NY, New York Craft Malt – NY, Murmuration Malts – NY, Peterson Quality Malt -VT, Thrall Family Malt -CT, Maine Malt- ME, Valley Malt – MA and Blue Ox Malthouse – Lisbon Falls, ME
As the brew day approached people were getting excited. People were coming to Worcester from as far as Maine on a Saturday! Emails and texts were being exchanged between brewers, maltsters, and growers and the idea arose to have a pancake throw-down with local flour. Using Coleman stoves in the parking lot on a Saturday morning, mouths were filled with local grains and humans were happy. Almost every grain known to humankind was consumed. Children were running feral in the taproom.
The collaboration did not stop there. Other Grainshed members decided to get involved. Restaurants: Row 34, The Dirty Truth, and Clover Food Lab all agreed to pour this beer and begin to help bridge that gap of explaining, to the consumer, the extraordinary supply chain behind a local beer that uses local grains. This is the type of collaboration we are talking about!