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Tapping Century-Old Spartan Barley


MSU’s agricultural roots are infusing Michigan’s robust beer industry with the revival of Spartan barley.


The variety, boasting superior qualities and well suited to Michigan’s climate, was developed 100 years ago at MSU and made its way into fields across the country. Recently, an MSU AgBioResearch agronomist and his team revived the barley from heirloom seed and partnered with New Holland Brewing Co. to create a limited-edition beer. Brewing with this storied grain is a toast to Spartans’ significant contributions to Michigan agriculture and economic prosperity. Cheers!

Video produced by MSU ANR Creative

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