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FULLSTEAM: MARCH 2020 FARM REPORT
PIONEERING A SOUTHERN BEER ECONOMY
Since launching in 2010, Fullsteam has purchased nearly $540,000 in Southern-sourced ingredients -- primarily from North Carolina farms. March's Southern farm purchases -- nearly four tons and over $6,600 in Southern ingredients -- consisted mostly of North Carolina grains for core beers and some specialty one-offs.
Production declines due to COVID-19 had a commensurate effect on our purchases of Southern-farmed ingredients. We are hopeful that the recent increase in demand for packaged beer will provide more opportunities for local purchasing...particularly barley.
Speaking of barley: Fullsteam is a Certified Craft Malt Brewery, committed to sourcing 10 percent or more grains from a certified craft malt house. Learn more about this program at the Craft Maltsers Guild.
SINCE LAUNCHING IN 2010
$537,315.07 Southern-farmed ingredients, totaling
570,961 pounds (286 tons)
MARCH 2020 DETAILS
In March 2020, Fullsteam brewed:
- Rocket Science
- Saison de Pierre Delecto
- Todo Vapor
- Coyote & Badger
- a Southern Wit
- a Maibock
- Wild Durham (an urban-foraged Modern IPA in collaboration with Durham Beat)
Spending $6,614 on 7,845 pounds of Southern-sourced:
- Epiphany Foundation (2-Row)
- Epiphany N.C. Triticale
- Epiphany Munich malt
- Epiphany Modern Pilsner malt
- Epiphany Braumalt
- Epiphany Wheat
- Foraged Persimmons
- Coriander and Orange Peel, sourced from Asheville, NC-based Spicewalla
- Fullsteam defines "Southern" as the swath of land from Washington D.C. to Louisiana. That said, North Carolina farms, maltsters, and foragers account for the vast majority (>95%) of these Southern ingredients.
- For the purposes of this report, we only include grains farmed and malted in the South.
- To find each beer's percent local by weight, look for the "% local" designation on the beer label or its entry on our website.