Thursday, December 18, 2014

Meet the author of ‘Malt: A Practical Guide from Field to Brewhouse’ Sunday

Written by  Paul Starr
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To celebrate the release of “Malt: A Practical Guide from Field to Brewhouse,”Bell’s Eccentric Café, 355 E. Kalamazoo Ave. in downtown Kalamazoo, will host a book signing this Sunday, Dec. 21.
It will be held in the Café’s Back Room from noon until 2 p.m. Books will be available to purchase both at the bar as well as at the adjacent Bell’s General Store.

Written by John Mallett, Director of Production at Bell’s Brewery, Inc., this book is the fourth entry in the Brewers Publications’ Brewing Elements series.

Delving into the intricacies of this key ingredient, Malt provides a comprehensive overview with a primary focus on barley from the field through the malting process.

Mallett offers readers primers on history, agricultural development and physiology of the barley kernel, leading readers through the enzymatic conversion that takes place during the malting process. A detailed discussion of enzymes, the Maillard reaction, and specialty malts follows.

Quality and analysis, malt selection and storage and handling are also explained making this book a valuable resource for all brewers.

For more information about this book, please go here.
About John Mallett
John Mallett has been at Bell’s Brewery since 2001. As Director of Operations he is responsible for logistics, brewing, packaging and brewery capital projects. John serves on many brewing Technical Committees and Boards including Master Brewers Association of the Americas, the Brewer’s Association, the American Malting Barley Association and the Hop Quality Group. He has lectured and written extensively and has been a member of the Extended Faculty of Siebel Institute of Technology since 1995. In 2002, he was the recipient of the Institute for Brewing Studies Russell Schehrer Award for brewing innovation.
About Bell's Brewery, Inc.

Bell's Brewery, Inc. began in 1985 with a quest for better beer and a 15 gallon soup kettle. Almost 30 years later, we've grown into a regional craft brewery that employs more than 290 people over a 20 state area, in addition to Puerto Rico and Washington DC. The dedication to brewing flavorful, unfiltered, quality craft beers that started in 1985 is still with us today. We currently brew over 20 beers for distribution as well as many other small batch beers that are served at our pub in Kalamazoo, the Eccentric Cafe. Our ongoing goal is to brew thoughtfully, creatively and artistically. We strive to bring an authentic and pleasant experience to all of our customers through our unique ales and beers. For more information, please visit

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Paul Starr

Paul Starr

Paul Starr is the creator of the I'm a Beer Hound and one of the organizer and the driving force behind Art & Craft Beerfest, Lansing Beer Fest, Beerfest at the Ballpark Spring & Fall. When he's not working on Beer Hound he's probably watching the Lions, Tigers or Red Wings. Being a recent new Dad of twins, he doesn't have much extra time these days for mischief.