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Adnams barley walk 2016

By Matthew Moore, also posted in News on

Adnams barley walk 2016With this year’s barley harvest approaching I was lucky enough to join Head Brewer Fergus Fitzgerald and members of the Adnams team on a barley walk. The day started with a visit to Simpsons Malt, one of Adnams' malt suppliers, in Tivetshall St Margaret near Diss. We were shown around the maltings site and got a really in-depth look at the malting process. Simpsons Malt is a family-run business - some of the maltsters have been working here for over 30 years and the trade and expertise is passed down through many generations of families. This wealth of experience shines through in the quality of the malt. All of the barley Adnams sources from Simpsons Malt is grown around 20-30 miles from the maltings. Fergus, Ben, Dawn and I then went on to take a look at some of the fields of barley that goes into making Adnams beer and spirits. Starting with Hirst Farm in Ormesby near Great Yarmouth we met farmer Richard Hirst who gave us a look around his barley fields. The barley is ripening well and this year's harvest promises to be a good one. Richard then took us to his family fun park, Hirsty's. Although slightly off-topic it really did show just how Richard takes a personal approach to making the younger generation aware of the importance of local agriculture. His fun park includes climbing frames, go-carts and a maze which includes quizzes that are aimed to be fun but also teach young people about the farming industry. We then headed to Tyneholm Farm near Halesworth to visit Jess Hanson. Jess showed us his impressive suite of agricultural equipment and shared his knowledge of crop production. He explained his ever-evolving techniques and continuing investments in technology that keep his barley yielding better each year. This was an interesting and exciting tour that showed me just how far Adnams go to build relationships with suppliers and to understand where ingredients and products are sourced from. You can view photos of the day on Flickr.  

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