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The Spirits are Calling. Will you answer? Join us July 15-19, 2015 as the international spirits community answers the call, returning for another spirited round of Tales of the Cocktail®.
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Saturday, July 18 • 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Barley Matters: From the U.S. to Europe

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Barley. It’s the dominant cereal grain in most whiskies, from American Single Malts to legendary Scotches. Even bourbons require respectable malted barley percentages to activate fermentation. But what do we know about this grain? Is an American Single Malt made from the same type of barley as Scotch? In the times of genetically modified organisms and Big Agriculture, how clean and sustainable is the barley used for making whisky?

In “Barley Matters: From U.S. to Europe,” attendees will get Geeky with grain knowledge.

In a world, where consumers just want to know where their products come from, Barley Matters: From U.S. to Europe is an open barley book.

And perhaps more importantly, as the likes of Monsanto clone and create new seed types, whisky makers are among the last line of defense for GMO-free grains. Their passion and efforts are keeping barley pure. Just like it should be.

Moderators
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Fred Minnick

Ascot-wearing Fred Minnick wrote the award-winning Whiskey Women: The Untold Story of How Women Saved Bourbon, Scotch & Irish Whiskey, the critically acclaimed Bourbon Curious: A Simple Tasting Guide for the Savvy Drinker and the upcoming Bourbon: The Rise, Fall & Rebirth of An American Whiskey. Minnick writes for Whisky Advocate and Whisky Magazine. Minnick lives in Louisville, Ky., where he teaches bourbon classes for the Kentucky... Read More →

Speakers
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Wayne Carpenter

He is a founding partner of Salish Coast Enterprises doing business as Skagit Valley Malting in Skagit Valley, Washington. Skagit Valley Malting works closely with the farming community, the Port of Skagit, and the Washington State University Research Center to develop added value malt products from the unique grains bred for and grown in Skagit Valley and the Salish Coast region. The company has developed advanced process controlled equipment... Read More →
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Emerson Lamb

President, Westland Distillery
Emerson Lamb is president and co-founder of Westland Distillery. Started in 2009 with the goal of putting the state of Washington on the map as a world class place to make single malt whiskey, today Westland is the largest such distillery in the United States. As a family business Westland brings the legacy of five generations of forestry, stewardship of the land, and long term thinking on the leading edge of the North American continent to the... Read More →
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Brigid Meints

Brigid Meints is a PhD student at Washington State University working with Dr. Stephen Jones in the Bread Lab and Small Grains Breeding Program. Her project focuses on breeding and trialing malt and food barley for production in northwestern Washington. She grew up in Corvallis, OR and developed a love for plants at a young age. Brigid earned a BA from Scripps College in Anthropology and Gender & Women’s Studies, but found her way... Read More →
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Scott Ungermann

Vice President, Production, Anchor Brewers & Distillers
As the Vice President of Production at Anchor Brewers and Distillers, Scott is in charge of all beer, gin and whiskey production at this iconic San Francisco brewery and distillery.  Anchor has been brewing beer in San Francisco since 1896 and distilling rye whiskey since 1993. Scott grew up in Northern California and idolized Anchor from early on as he attended UC Berkeley where he majored in English literature. After graduation, Scott had... Read More →

Sponsors
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Anchor Distilling Company

Named the 2015 Icons of Whisky Importer of the Year by Whisky Magazine, Anchor Distilling Company aims to provide the bridge between discerning buyers and world's finest spirits. A privately owned distiller and importer, Anchor boasts an artisanal portfolio with over 400 specialty products from nearly 26 countries. Our products are from multigenerational family-owned companies, and are sought by connoisseurs for their superior handcrafted... Read More →


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