Rare Form Brewing Company in Troy to Highlight New York State Grains in New Session Pale Ale

Pioneer Malting in Rochester provides malting grains grown on farms throughout the state

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TROY– Rare Form Brewing Company has brewed an all-New York State session pale ale using

malts exclusively from Pioneer Malting in Rochester. As a farm brewery, Rare Form regularly

sources at least 20% of their grain bill from the Empire State. According to owner and head

brewer Kevin Mullen, the grains acquired from Pioneer were of exceptionally high quality and

also afforded him an opportunity to work with danko rye, a specific brewer’s grain that grows

well in the region. “We’re excited to work with Pioneer Malting in order to better capture the

flavor of the region,” Mullen said. The beer is the first being brewed for Rare Form’s new ten

barrel fermentation vessels, part of the brewery’s second year expansion.

Adam Filippetti, owner and operator of Pioneer Malts, said breweries such as Rare Form have

been surpassing expectations, sourcing upwards of 80% of their total grain bill from New York

State when possible. For the session pale ale, Pioneer gathered two row grains from Cohoton,

oats from Steuben County, wheat from Seneca Falls, and danko rye from Leroy, New York. “It’s

been wonderful seeing breweries embracing New York grains and the sustainability-minded

spirit of the farm brewery legislation,” Filippetti said.

Rare Form will be working closely with the Carey Center for Global Good and their Farm-To-

Glass Incubator to further the prominence of New York State malted grains. Part of the mission

of the Incubator program is to identify and solidify supply chain linkages, improving the

relationship between farmers and craft beverage producers across New York. Look for the

session pale ale in late July in Capital Region retailers and at the brewery’s taproom in Troy. For

more information please contact Greg Back at GBack@CareyInstitute.org.

The Carey Institute for Global Good is dedicated to making a better world by contributing to a strong, educated

and just society. For more information visit www.careyinstitute.org.

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