Craft brewers and distillers in the burgeoning Alberta craft market have fast
recognized their advantage of having their most important ingredient
growing in their back yards. Not only is Alberta preeminent barley growing region,
Alberta barley is recognized globally for its superior quality and often considered
the best barley in the world.

COMBINE TO CRAFT is all about sharing the Alberta craft story. From the field to the

glass we want to share with craft beverage enthusiast near and far, why you should

look for the Alberta Barley logo as a ‘mark of excellence’ on their finely crafted beverages.


Meet Alberta barley farmers. What you might not know is that they are environmental leaders and at the forefront of sustainability. Canada was ranked second in the world for agricultural sustainability!

You might not know that they are high-tech pioneers and that the systems that use today is guided by satellites and that every seed is planted with precision.

You might not know that they are on par with a wall street trader in dealing with millions of dollars of commodities, equipment and land.


Join us in telling the story of why Alberta's malting market is the best in the world from COMBINE TO CRAFT!

We are currently inviting organizations to partner with the

Alberta Barley Commission to contribute to this movement!

Also referred to as ‘malt’ or ‘two row’ – Alberta grown malting barley is the premium ingredient in the finest Alberta and North American craft whiskeys, gins, vodkas and beers. Alberta malting barley has a long-standing reputation for superior quality and is sough after by brewers, small and large from around the world.

Exceptional barley makes exceptional craft beverages!

In Alberta we are proud to be producing close to one million tonnes of world renowned, high-quality malting barley for use in the production of some of the world’s finest whiskey, gins, vodkas, beers and other beverages both in Alberta and around the world.

Over 300, 000 tonnes of our malting barley are exported to more than 20 countries around the world.

Barley produced in Alberta fields has a long-standing reputation for its superior quality.

Of the 80% of malt grown in Alberta only 20% makes the stringent quality parameters that are essential to choosing the finest barley to maintain our reputation around the world.
Proudly cultivated on Alberta’s wide-open prairies in the shadows of the Rocky Mountains. The pristine water sources, rich soils and ideal growing conditions gives Alberta barley its unique terroir that is renowned by craft brewers and distillers and craft beverage connoisserus alike around the globe.

Barley produced in Alberta fields, has a long-standing reputation for its superior quality. We believe the unique terroir of our barley comes from a specific set of factors:

- ONE -
Our growing season has long, warm days and cool evenings, which results in barley with protein constituents that produce excellent levels of starch - degrading enzymes, which leads to good performance in the distilling process, and provides a clean flavour.

- TWO -
Our cooler climate leads to less plant disease pressure than other regions, which allows for a more natural plant production.

We have ideal growing conditions with medium textured soils, such as clay-loam soils, which have excellent moisture holding capacities.

- FOUR -
Sustainable farming practices in Alberta are among the most advanced globally.

These factors combined with Alberta’s wide-open prairies, in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains, our big sky and pristine water sources provide the perfect combination of conditions to grow the best ingredients in the world to create the finest craft beverages renowed around the globe.