COMBINE TO CRAFT: AN INITIATIVE BY ALBERTA BARLEY
WHAT GOES INTO MAKING SOME OF THE WORLD’S FINEST WHISKY, GIN, VODKA AND BEER RIGHT HERE IN ALBERTA?
Combine to Craft is all about sharing the Alberta story. From the field to the glass, we want to share with craft beverage enthusiasts near and far why they should look for the Alberta Barley logo as a ‘mark of excellence’ on their finely crafted beverages.
Meet Alberta barley farmers. You may not know it, but these farmers are environmental leaders at the forefront of sustainability. Canada was ranked second in the world for agricultural sustainability.
You also may not know that they are high-tech pioneers and that the systems they use today are guided by satellites, and that every seed is planted with precision.
Farmers are on par with Wall Street traders in dealing with millions of dollars worth of commodities, equipment and land.
Also referred to as ‘malt’ or ‘two row,’ Alberta-grown malting barley is the premium ingredient in the finest Alberta and North American craft beers, whiskies, gins, and vodkas. Alberta farmers produce malting barley that has a long-standing reputation for superior quality and is sought after by brewers, small and large, from around the world.
Exceptional barley makes exceptional craft beverages! In Alberta we are proud to be producing close to one million tonnes each year of world-renowned, high-quality malting barley for use in the production of some of the world’s finest craft beer, whisky, gin, vodka and other beverages both in domestic and international markets.
More than 300,000 tonnes of Alberta malting barley is exported to more than 20 countries annually.
Alberta barley’s unique terroir is renowned by craft brewers and distillers, and craft beverage connoisseurs alike. Barley produced in Alberta is sought after for many reasons, including our long, warm days and cool nights, which help to produce barley that performs better during brewing and distillation. Alberta’s wide-open prairie in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains, our big sky and pristine water sources provide the perfect combination of conditions for growing the best barley in the world, used to create the finest craft beverages around the globe.