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