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Despite a few road bumps, farmer-owned brewery is up and brewing

farmers brewing

• By Vicky Boyd, Editor • Despite delays caused by permitting and rain, Northern California rice producer and fifth-generation farmer Bill Weller finally began realizing his dream of producing farm-to-glass craft beers in his own brewery in January. The 40-barrel Farmers Brewing facility is located on the family’s farming operation north of Princeton, with Weller growing the medium-grain Calrose rice, ... Read More »

Honing a craft

toasted and malted rice

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 Eckert trying to home-brew beer for his wife, who had become gluten intolerant, has evolved into a commercial-scale gluten-free rice ... Read More »

Beer made with rice wins gluten-free brewing contest

Dad's Red Ale

— By Jennifer L. Blanck — The winner of the inaugural PNW (Pacific Northwest) Gluten-Free Homebrewing Competition is a beer made with rice. Dad’s Red Ale, an American Amber Ale brewed by Joe Morris from Portland, Oregon, won the competition. Morris used James’ Brown Rice, Crystal Rice and Biscuit Rice malts from Eckert Malting and Brewing Co. in Chico, California, to ... Read More »

Rice enjoys craft beer renaissance

Vicky Boyd

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 adjunct ingredient and a starch source in addition to barley. Jim Eckert, owner of Eckert Malting and Brewing in Chico, ... Read More »