11 December 1998

Optics barley title

OPTIC spring barley has taken both championship and reserve malting barley awards in Scotland to complement the same placings in England and Wales in the Institute of Brewings annual awards.

The winning Scottish sample was from Duncan Barr, Upper Dalhousie, Midlothian, and entered by maltsters I M Cow, Edinburgh. Reserve was Dale Prentice, Melville Grange, Midlothian. His Optic was entered by Glencore Grain, Brechin.

Entries were well down on last year because of poor weather at harvest, noted the judges. There were none at all from the IoBs Highlands and Grampian areas. &#42