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Atlantic Brew: New barley and hop varieties for craft breweries (Video)

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) researchers are working with the Atlantic Grain Council and local craft beer makers in the Maritimes to develop varieties of barley and hops suited to the region’s climate and soils. Up until now, breweries in the region were dependent on imported barley and hops which can be costly. These new varieties will help make local suds even more local.

View the video to learn about the good things brewing down east.

Video Transcript

[An image and a maple leaf appear on screen. This is the title graphic for the video.]

[Light, electronic music fades in.]

Text on screen: Atlantic Brew, New barley and hop varieties for craft breweries

[The video opens with a close up shot of the case of beer brewed on Prince Edward Island.]

Narrator: Craft beer makers in the Maritimes are in the market...

[The shot changes to show a different case of beer brewed on the east coast.]

...more locally grown hops and barley.

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[The shot changes to show hops growing on the vine. The shot is from underneath the plant so we can see how tall it is.]

Currently the bulk of these key ingredients in beer making...

[The shot changes to show barley plants blowing in the wind.]

...have to be imported from other parts of North America.

[The shot changes to show a close of the labels of two bottles of beer.]

With investment from local beer makers...

[The shot changes to show an AAFC researcher examining the barley plants in the field.]

...and working with the Atlantic Grain Council, researchers at the Harrington Research Farm on Prince Edward Island...

[The shot changes to a close up of the researcher holding a barley plant in his hands.]

...have pin-pointed two promising barley varieties...

[The shot changes to show a sign in a field of barley.]

Text on screen: Cerveza

...they believe can be sucessfully grown...

[The shot changes to show a different sign in a field of barley.]

Text on screen: Newdale

...by the regions farmers.

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[The shot changes to show the researcher standing in front of a field of barley. He is looking to camera.]

Text on screen: Aaron Mills, Research Scientist, Agronomy, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Aaron Mills: We can definitely grow it here but we need to hammer out the agronomy so that growers know what to do. So with this study here we're looking at two malt barley varieties and a couple of different management factors that we've thrown in there. What separates us from other malt and barley studies that have been done previously is that everything is getting malted and we're measuring the malt quality from five different sites in eastern North America.

[The shot changes to show hops growing on the vine.]

Narrator: You can't have beer without the flavour and aroma of hops and at the Harrington hops yard, ten varieties have been put through two years of trials with some successful candidates emerging.

[The shot changes back to show researcher Aaron Mills. This time he is standing in a hops field.]

Aaron Mills: Growers are really interested in getting a local product, or local materials to put together their local product, and that's basically what we're doing. There is a bit of a gap of knowledge for how to do this on the east coast. We've got a lot of rain and we've got a shorter season so we need to figure out how to grow them here.

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[The shot changes to show Aaron Mills walking beside a barley test plot on the Harrington Research Farm.]

Narrator: Results from the barley trials will be turned over to famers in 2015 as a guide to growing barley locally for malting.

[The shot changes to show Aaron Mills cutting down a hops vine ready for harvest.]

And more trials are in the works for hops.

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Text on screen: Modern. Innovative. Growing. Discover other agricultural innovations at www.agr.gc.ca.

[Light, electronic music fades out.]

Text on screen: Canada, © Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada, as represented by the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food (2014).

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