Northeast Grainshed Grisette – excerpt from Boston Magazine

New England and New York might not be the first states that come to mind when you imagine fields of golden grain growing, but there is indeed a contingent of local farmers and maltsters making sure that our bakers and beer-makers have some local grains to use in their products. In late January, more than 200 of these “small grain” stakeholders met to discuss ways to educate consumers about the growing local grain scene at the inaugural meet-up of the new Northeast Grainshed, led by Andrea Stanley of Valley Malt in Hadley.

Out of that symposium, which was held at Trillium Brewing Company’s future Canton facility, seven New England breweries decided to collaborate on a grisette—a light, refreshing style of beer made with a large quantity of wheat or spelt—to highlight the fledgling Grainshed. Wormtown Brewery brewmaster Ben Roesch organized the brew day, which featured input from brewers at AllagashBissell Brothers,  Exhibit “A,” Kent FallsThrowback Brewery, and Trillium, plus malts from nine Northeast maltsters. Each can of grisette uses the equivalent of 3.5-square feet of grain, and all net proceeds from its sales go back to the Grainshed.

Pick up cans and growlers exclusively at Wormtown’s Worcester and Foxborough taprooms. From now into March, look for the Grainshed grisette on draft at beer-serving locations of Clover Food LabRow 34Reunion Tap in Grafton, Birchtree Bread Company in Worcester, and the Dirty Truth in Northampton.

excerpt from Boston Magazine by Jacqueline Cain – 2/14/20