Philadelphia Grain & Malt Symposium Recap

I recently had a chance to attend and speak at the 3rd annual Philadelphia Grain and Malt Symposium organized by Mark Brault from Deer Creek Malting in Glenn Mills, Pennsylvania. The symposium provided a unique learning opportunity by bringing together stakeholders across the entire supply chain — connecting farmers with the millers and maltsters — and this group to the end food consumer, distiller and brewer. While many other conferences connect farmer to producer or producer to end consumer, many don’t connect all three.

Ran into my good friend Raymond Cavelerri at the Symposium! He’s a brewer at Levante Brewing Co. in West Chester, PA.

Just over 100 attendees had a chance to hear talks on topics ranging from crop management practices across different regions of Pennsylvania, to the importance of proper hydration and flour mixing to produce a great pizza crust, to my talk on how end use determines what is important from a safety and sustainability perspective.

Finally, the day ended with a chance to network with the diverse group while enjoying many local foods and beverages produced with grains and malt from Southeastern Pennsylvania. It was a wonderful event showcasing the reasons for local trends and the passion of the people making it happen!

About Michael Scanzello

Michael ScanzelloAfter graduating from Kutztown University in 1995, Mike began his career at Stroh’s Brewing Co. in Allentown, PA. Over the next 6 years Mike would hold several positions in both the QA and Brewing Departments. In 2001, after the brewery in Pennsylvania closed, Mike moved to Wisconsin, accepting a position with Cargill at its Jefferson Junction Malthouse. In 2007, Mike transitioned from operations management to the commercial side of Cargill’s malt business, becoming an Account Executive with its Specialty Malt Products Group. In July of 2015, Mike brought his talents to Briess and joined as the National Distillery Manager. In February of 2016, Mike was promoted to Director of Brewing and Distilling.

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