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Going for a tractor ride on May 8th, 2017, Susan Welch of Skagit Valley Malting interviews Dan Gunderson while he is planting their first barley field of the year named NZ-151. NZ-151 (two row spring variety) was bred by Washington State University breeders. “The flavor has almost a rye note, nice clean finish and was also bred to encourage clarity, minimal post-refrigeration hazing,” say Susan. Currently, Skagit Valley Malting is the only malt company working with NZ-151 – a robust, low protein variety with a distinctive flavor that grows exceedingly well in the Skagit Valley. Offered as a Pale Malt, it is suitable for all types of ales, especially those that may require longer aging and/or shelf life.
Susan and the barley get together for regular visits. The first picture is from 5/29/2017 and the pic with the taller plants was taken on 6/1/2017. We will be adding more photos as the barley grows!