Beer is an agricultural product. It depends on farmers and their acres of barley. It also depends on maltsters, who germinate that barley and then dry or roast it to a shelf-stable finish, creating malt. Malt is to beer what grapes are to wine, offering fermentable sugars and responsible for the aroma, flavor, and texture of the final product.
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—Ari Weinzweig, co-owner and founding partner, Zingerman’s Community of Businesses, Ann Arbor, Michigan