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Craft Beer Fans Give New Life to 100-Year-Old Barley

  • Millennials’ love for malt-heavy beer and whisky drives demand
  • GrainCorp is now the world’s fourth-biggest malting company
Inside The Little Creatures Craft Beer Brewery

Photographer: Carla Gottgens/Bloomberg

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A batch of barley that lay forgotten for almost 100 years in storage at farm in Portland, Oregon, has found new life - thanks to booming demand for craft beer.

It turns out the barley makes a malt that is much in demand from Oregon’s growing legion of craft brewers and is among a wave of ancient varieties revived by the likes of GrainCorp Ltd., the giant Australian crop handler that also ranks as the world’s fourth-biggest malting company.