Boulder, Colo.—The Brewers Association (BA)—the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers—today announced the recipients of its 2019 Research and Service Grants Program, designed to further the development of a healthy and sustainable raw materials supply chain. This year, 17 grants totaling $509,058 were awarded to researchers and organizations across the country.

“Ensuring a healthy supply chain is critical for our members,” said Bob Pease, President and CEO of the Brewers Association. “As the agricultural landscape weathers a number of challenges, the Brewers Association is proud to fund grants that will enhance beer production and enable a more sustainable future.”

The BA has provided more than $1.7 million in funding for 77 projects since the inception of the grant program in 2015. Funding has supported research and service grants addressing public barley and hop variety development, hop disease and hop aroma, as well as supporting affiliated national and state-level grower organizations.

“We are grateful to the Brewers Association for the grant ‘Stable and Sustainable Dryland Production of High Quality Malt Barley’ to Montana State University,” said Dr. Jamie Sherman, an Assistant Professor of Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology at Montana State University. “The support of the Brewers Association will enable the creation of barley lines with high malt quality under dryland conditions. Ultimately, the grant will increase sustainable production of barley by reducing water use. Dryland production is important to the long-term security of the barley supply chain particularly for Montana where 80 percent of available acres are dryland.”

2019 Grant Recipients


Building a Winter Malting Barley Market for the Great Plains

Characterization of Genotype by Environment Interaction for Malting Quality in New York State

Stable and Sustainable Dryland Production of High-Quality Malt Barley

Interaction Between Barley Genetics and Malt Process Impact on Flavor

Winter and Spring 2-Row Malt for Conventional and Organic Systems

Improving Malting Quality in Two-Rowed Barley by Reducing Grain Protein and β-Glucan Content Through Marker Assisted Backcrossing

Development of Two and Six-Rowed Winter Malt Barley Varieties for the Eastern U.S.

Evaluating a Multi-State Breeding Project to Produce Local Malting Barley for the Craft Brewing Industry

The Continuing Quest for Flavor: From the Oregon Promise to the Romp of Otters

Enhancement of Winter Hardiness in Two-Rowed Barley Germplasm for the Craft Brewing Industry

Identifying Spring Malting Barley Varieties for the Craft Brewing Industries

Effects of Variety by Malting Interactions on the Malt and Beer Metabolome

Metabolomics and Genomics Analysis of the ‘Romp of Otters’ Barley Flavor Project


Multifaceted Impacts of Nitrogen and Sulfur Fertility on Hop Productivity, Quality, and Brewing Characteristics

Mapping Novel Loci for Powdery Mildew Resistance in Hops

Development and Application of Cost-Effective DNA-Based Markers for Hops

Development of Thiols and Thiol Precursors in Different Hop Varieties During Hop Harvest and their Impact on Beer Flavour

Proposals for 2020 calendar year funding will be accepted from March 1, 2019 until May 31, 2019 and can be submitted on the Brewers Association website.

Kristin Helf
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Kristin is a writer and picture-taker in Ocean City, Maryland. She likes puppies, pumpkin ales and watching movies for the Ocean City Film Festival in her spare time.

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