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Brothers-in-law Spencer Peterson (l), and Randy Adams have started small with one acre of hops, but they plan to grow up to 10 acres 
within three years.

Hop in: Growing craft brewery market drives demand for local hops

The startup costs are significant, but demand for Alberta-grown hops is growing fast, 
and there’s money to be made for enterprising producers

Reading Time: 5 minutes A visit to an old grape orchard in the heart of B.C. wine country last summer has inspired two southern Alberta producers to try their hands at a different kind of viny crop — hops. “That was really the seed that started it all,” said Randy Adams, who owns and operates Pair O’ Dice Hops […] Read more

Regina’s Rebellion Brewery in mid-October announced a new India pale ale dubbed “I Walked With A Zombie.” (

Saskatchewan sets gradual markups for brewers

The system of provincial markups applied on beer sold in Saskatchewan is about to change, so beer from expanding local-level breweries won’t be charged the same rate as major players. Starting Tuesday (Nov. 1), the wholesale markup on beers distributed by the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA) will be set at one of seven […] Read more

two-row malting barley

Malting barley list released

List has new, higher-yielding varieties that have the greatest likelihood of being selected for malting

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Canadian Malting Barley Technical Centre has released its list of recommended malting barley varieties for the 2015-16 crop year. The recommendations are based on varieties the industry has indicated will have the greatest likelihood of being selected by grain and malting companies for both domestic and export markets from the 2015 harvest. Members of […] Read more