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  • Honing a craft

    Honing a craft

    Retired California rice researcher Jim Eckert refines rice malting for gluten-free brewing and distilling. By Vicky Boyd,  Editor — To describe Chico, California-based Eckert Malting and Brewing Co. as a labor of love is an understatement. What started as Jim ... Read More »
  • Rice enjoys craft beer  renaissance

    Rice enjoys craft beer renaissance

    Using rice as a beer ingredient is nothing new. Brewers before Prohibition used the grain because it imparted a light, crisp taste and effervescence, and Anheuser Busch has been doing so for decades. But they all used rice as an ... Read More »
  • Where is Carl the greenskeeper when you need him?

    Where is Carl the greenskeeper when you need him?

    Bill Murray played Carl the greenskeeper in the immortal classic film, “Caddyshack.” Throughout the movie, the wily gopher challenged Carl, who was tasked with getting rid of the rodent because it was digging up the golf course. In one of ... Read More »