Master Brewers Association of the Americas - Master Brewers
"In Ohio, two entrepreneurs have made a startling discovery: at one time, their area was one of the largest malting regions in the world, accounting for nearly 350,000 acres of Ohio's agricultural land. Prohibition moved institutional knowledge away to Canada and beyond, but over the last century or so, Ohio's climate hasn't changed. Which begs the question -- if Ohio once produced tremendous amounts of barley, could it do so again?
The entrepreneurs, Ryan Lang and Victor Thorne, are testing that hypothesis in Marysville, Ohio, just outside of Columbus. With a custom-built facility situated a day's drive from 91 million people, they're betting big on barley. Their company, Origin Malt, represents some of the first innovation within the industry for over 40 years. With the nationwide boom in craft beer and craft whiskey, plus extensive experience in distilling, agriculture, and supply chain management, their gamble might just pay off."