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KY brewers, farmers, KSU to collaborate on unique craft beers

Release scheduled during Kentucky Proud Beer Week this fall. Beers will be infused with Kentucky grown papaws, blackberries, and hops.
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By Ted Sloan
News from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture

GEORGETOWN, KY (Wed 28 Jun 2017) -- Kentucky brewers, Kentucky Proud producers, and Kentucky State University (KSU) will produce craft beers infused with locally grown ingredients that will be released this fall.

In a news conference today in Georgetown, Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles joined representatives of the Kentucky Guild of Brewers, the Kentucky Hop Growers Alliance, and KSU to announce the project. The craft beers will be released October 12-14, 2017,m during Kentucky Proud Beer Week.

"This collaboration will produce agricultural products that add value to the individual ingredients," Commissioner Quarles said. "This is a great example of Kentucky Proud farmers and small businesses helping each other. We were pleased to play a role in bringing this project together."

"This venture will support small family farms and small businesses in new economic activity, as well as bring a unique Kentucky fruit, the pawpaw, and blackberry, the Kentucky state fruit, to consumers in new value-added products," said Dr. Kirk Pomper, director of Land Grant Programs at Kentucky State University.

The Kentucky Proud ingredients and the brewers that will be using them include:
  • Pawpaws - Rooster Brewing, Paris, and Rock House Brewing, Lexington; West Sixth Brewing and Ethereal Brewing, both of Lexington

  • Blackberries - Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant and Great Flood Brewing Co., both of Louisville; Jarfly Brewing Co., Somerset, and Paducah Beer Werks

  • Hops - Country Boy Brewing, Georgetown, and Monnik Beer Co., Louisville; Mile Wide Beer Co. and Falls City, both of Louisville.
The pawpaws will be sourced from multiple Kentucky growers. The blackberries will come from KHI Foods in Burlington. The hops will be provided by members of the Kentucky Hop Growers Alliance.

Kentucky State's Fruit and Vegetable Mobile Processing Unit will be used to process the fruit into a form that the brewers can easily use in their craft beers. Processing will be completed at the KSU research farm near Frankfort.

To find the dates and times when the craft beers will be released, watch the Kentucky Guild of Brewers website,

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Collaborative effort helps hops, papaw, and blackberry market

2017-06-28 - Country Boy Brewing, Georgetown, KY - Photo Kentucky Department of Agriculture.
Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles, right, announces the collaboration of Kentucky Proud, the Kentucky Guild of Brewers, and Kentucky State University with, from left, Derek Selznick, executive director of the Guild, and state Rep. Phillip Pratt on Wednesday at Country Boy Brewing in Georgetown. - TED SLOAN

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