Friday, March 30, 2018

Barges and Beer

By Karen Robes Meeks

A pair of major Northwestern industries – barging and barley malting – will be the subjects of a lecture series presented by the Port of Vancouver USA.

The upcoming lecture, “From Farm to Table and the World – Tugs and Barges, the Workhorses of the Columbia-Snake-Willamette River System” will take place on Tuesday, April 3, will feature family-owned company Shaver Transportation and the role tugs and barges play in moving goods along 465 miles of river. Shaver Vice President Marine Operations Rob Rich is expected to present the lecture.

On April 10, Great Western Malting President Mike O’Toole, Malt Innovation Center Manager Teri Fahrendorf and Malt Innovation Technician Amanda Kozina will discuss the process of taking barley from field to brewery in the lecture, “Great Western Malting: Tradition and Innovation in Malting.”

Great Western Malting is the largest malting company in the Western US and its Port of Vancouver USA facility “steeps, germinates and roasts barley, a critical ingredient in brewing and distilling,” a product sent domestically as well as Canada, Japan and Mexico, according to the port.

The events are free to the public and will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Warehouse ’23 Event Space, 100 Columbia Street, Vancouver. Pre-registration is required. Call 360-693-3611 or email