Homebrewer Alert: Just a Few Hours Left to Join the Local Malt of the Month Club

We know it’s short notice, but we just returned from a visit to the sweet Gowanus shop called Brooklyn Homebrew, where we were told of the Malt of the Month Club run by one of our area’s few malt houses sourcing and malting local grains for locavoric home brewers.

Called Valley Malt, it’s run by a husband and wife in Hadley, Massachusetts. Today is the very last day to join what’s essentially a malt CSA, with pickups at Brooklyn Homebrew at Eighth Street and Fourth Avenue.  It’s $200 and you will receive 100 pounds of organic pale ale malt, five pounds of bi-monthly specialty malt, a cotton malt sack and entry fee into Valley Malt’s first annual homebrew competition. Call 413.349. 9098 or go to valleymalt.com.

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Rachel Wharton is the former deputy editor of Edible Brooklyn and Edible Manhattan. She won a 2010 James Beard food journalism award, holds a master’s degree in Food Studies from New York University, and has more than 15 years of experience as a writer, editor and reporter. A North Carolina native and a former features food reporter for the New York Daily News, she edited the Edible Brooklyn cookbook and was the co-author of both Handheld Pies and DiPalo's Guide to the Essential Foods of Italy. Her work also appears in publications such as The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and Saveur.