Brewing and malting processes

Canadian Malting Barley Technical Centre (CMBTC)

The Canadian Malting Barley Technical Centre (CMBTC) is Canada’s premier applied malting and brewing research facility. Established in Winnipeg in 2000, its staff members are fully trained maltsters and brewers. CMBTC performs pilot-scale malting and brewing which duplicate large scale operations under way across the country.  

This work allows centre staff to act as trouble shooters, providing the technical support, training and problem solving that continually improve brewing and malting processes and products. The centre’s ongoing analysis of composite crop samples and testing of new varieties provide its members and customers with a steady flow of research results.


Brewing and Malting Barley Research Institute

The Brewing and Malting Barley Research Institute (BMBRI) brings pre-commercialized information from brewers and maltsters to plant breeders, detailing the most desired traits required in malt barley. Since its formation in 1948, it has also actively participated in developing malting barley varieties. Located in Winnipeg, its membership includes maltsters and brewing companies.  BMBRI’s technical committee influences which new varieties will be registered prior to commercialization. It has developed a Collaborative Test that new breeding lines must pass before being put forward for registration. The Institute awards research grants to approved breeding projects; these funds help secure matched funding from other government and industry programs.

Varietal registration

Prairie Grain Development Committee (PGDC)

The Prairie Grain Development Committee (PGDC) makes recommendations for commercial registration of Canadian malting barley. It acts as an information exchange regarding improved cultivars of grain crops for the western Prairies.  It also provides a forum for discussion of scientific research priorities for the improvement of the prairie grain sector.

The Prairie Recommending Committee for Oat and Barley is one of four independent committees responsible for the testing, evaluation, and recommending of grain crop candidate cultivars for registration in the Canadian Wheat Board area of Western Canada.

Cereals foundation

Western Grains Research Foundation (WGRF)

The Western Grains Research Foundation (WGRF) is a producer-member organization that administers a check-off program from producers deliveries in order to fund wheat, durum and barley breeding research. (Barley is exempt in Alberta where the Alberta Barley Commission has a check-off program in place.)  WGRF is the largest farmer funded grains breeding research investor in Western Canada. It funds public research programs across the Prairies, including barley breeding programs at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Brandon, MB, and the Crop Development Centre at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, SK. More than 30 new barley varieties have been developed with WGRF contributions.

Market and research development

Alberta Barley Commission

The Alberta Barley Commission works on behalf of the province’s 17,000 barley producers.  Besides representing members in the development of policy and investing in research, it acts as a market development agency.  Creating new markets and pursuing new opportunities in existing ones, the commission forges connections among representatives from the feed, malt, food and fuel sectors around the world.