BRINGING BARLEY BACK

CUSTOM CRAFTED MALTS CLOSE TO HOME

From local farmers helping to plant our seed, expert malting and production teams, master brewers and distillers, to cutting-edge research and universities helping provide community success, IB&M is privileged to be so deeply ingrained in the advancements of agriculture in our Great Lakes region.

PLANTING OUR SEED

JANUARY 2018

IB&M attends The Andersons Litchfield Winter Meeting to educate the local farming community on our project and how we can best help them by building our plant in Litchfield, MI. 

JANUARY 2018

AUGUST 2018

IB&M continues to support local research by sponsoring Malting Barley Field Day with MSU KBS.

AUGUST 2018

SEPTEMBER 2018

Working with farmer neighbor partners, Stuart Weldon and James Caldwell, IB&M plants first winter barley seed on 1/3-acre plot in Litchfield, MI, testing Calypso and Violetta varieties.

SEPTEMBER 2018

FEBRUARY 2019

IB&M along with Dennis Pennington and Kalvin Canfield publish the wheat malting research proposal.

FEBRUARY 2019

MARCH 2019

IB&M’s Vince Coonce, completes research into wheat agronomic performance utilizing several years of MSU data and selects 12 varieties with the highest agronomic performance.

MARCH 2019

MAY 2019

IB&M’s Vince Coonce, pilot malts the selected 12 wheat varieties and works with Hartwick College to measure the results.

From that analysis, Vince selects 4 varieties for the research trials, focusing on how each variety performs under different Nitrogen and Potassium combinations for yield and quality. 

MAY 2019

JUNE 2019

IB&M attends the MSU KBS Barley Field Day in Hickory Corners presenting on the best barley varieties for brewing.

JUNE 2019

JULY 2019

Our research partners at MSU Extension harvested over 300 lbs. of raw, uncleaned barley. We stored the barley in pest proof conditions, preserving the identities of the varieties separately.

JULY 2019

SEPTEMBER 2019

Our research partner, Dennis Pennington with MSU, plants 4 chosen wheat varieties all exposed to different fertilizer treatments:

These varieties will harvest around July 2020 and all samples will be tested for grain quality and selected for pilot malting. Stay tuned to see results and next steps!

SEPTEMBER 2019

OCTOBER / NOVEMBER 2019

IB&M continues to test barley for breaking of dormancy, finding increased germination in December.

CALYPSO AND VIOLETTA BARLEY VARIETIES
ARE READY FOR MALTING!

OCTOBER / NOVEMBER 2019

JANUARY 2020

IB&M team builds bench top malting system.
The barley was cleaned by Carl Wagner III at C3 Seeds in Niles, MI.

JANUARY 2020

FEBRUARY 2020

Malting begins with March 2020 brew day anticipation.

FEBRUARY 2020

MARCH 2020

Robert Orler, Director of Brewing Operations – Roak Brewing Co. tests our malted Calypso and let’s just say it was a hit! 

“I am very interested in using the Calypso for our harvest beer. Can you get me a few
thousand pounds this fall?”

– Robert Orler, Director of Brewing Operations

STAY TUNED for more brewer feedback
on our products.

MARCH 2020

TESTING WITH TEPEE

JULY 2019

Using data from MSU and Cornell, our Director of Malting recommends Tepee as a potentially desirable variety for agronomy, malting, and brewing.

JULY 2019

OCTOBER 2019

IB&M works with exclusive supplier, The Andersons, purchasing over 6,000 lbs. of seed from a licensed Tepee grower, White Hat Seed Farms in North Carolina.

OCTOBER 2019

NOVEMBER 2019

IB&M plants over 100 acres of Tepee seed across Michigan and Ohio, partnering with Raymond Stutzman Farm, Stella Farm, Smith Farm in Michigan, and Les Sieler Farms in Ohio. 

DID YOU KNOW?
The Stella Farm used German precision planting equipment by Dennis Pennington, with MSU Extension, and donated a bag of Tepee seed to Kalvin Canfield, also with MSU Extension,  to continue research.

STAY TUNED for more on our Tepee variety.

NOVEMBER 2019

EUROPEAN SPRING BARLEY TRIALS

SPRING 2020

With direction from our malting experts, European Spring barley tested in Ontario, Canada, will be planted in Litchfield, MI this spring.

European Spring barley was chosen for low protein and good yields.

STAY TUNED for more exciting progress on our European Trials.

SPRING 2020