2-Row Malting Barley Bred for Craft Brewing

U.S. barley growers plant approximately 3.5 million acres of barley every year, producing 200 million bushels. More than 75% of this production becomes malting barley. Barley grown in the United States lays the foundation for more than 190 million barrels of beer annually.

The explosion of craft beer in the United States has created a new kind of demand on raw material producers and the supply chains in which they operate. Until recently, the most basic raw material used in all North American brewing operations, barley, was essentially the same for all parties at the table. The American Malting Barley Association (AMBA), the Brewers Association (BA) and the North American Craft Maltsters Guild (CMG) are actively investing resources to help identify barley varieties that excel in all-malt styles of beer.

A New Standard for Malting Barley

Limagrain Cereal Seeds (LCS) is a small grains breeding company with research stations located across the United States. As the lead-off partner in craft brewing supply chains, we understand how important it is for farmers, maltsters and brewers to begin with only the highest quality elite malting barley varieties.

The parent company of LCS, Group Limagrain, is an international agricultural cooperative with cereal breeding programs located in every area of the world where barley is widely grown. Through the exchange of elite Group Limagrain germplasm across six continents, LCS gives U.S. farmers, malting companies and brewers access to the best malting barley in the world. We are dedicated to developing 2-row barley varieties that exceed malt quality specifications and thrive in U.S. climates, soils and growing conditions.

Learn More

To learn more about our elite hard red winter wheat varieties, click on the variety name organized by region on the top right of this page or download the Barley Seed Guide listed below.

Some statistics on this page were taken from the USDA/NASS website and the National Barley Growers Association NBGA

Nathan Miller
Regional Commercial Manager,
Central Plains
O: 316.737.7780
Barley Seed Guide