Craft Beer Research and Service Grants

Brewers Association (BA) is proud to fund craft beer research and service grants in support of BA member breweries. Supporting research that aligns with member priorities ensures a sustainable and profitable future for U.S. small and independent breweries.

Funding priorities include hop and malt research, safety and sustainability-related projects, however all projects will be considered for funding by the BA Technical Committee. In recent years BA funding has supported research and service grants for public barley and hop variety development, hop disease and hop aroma, as well as supporting affiliated national and state-level grower organizations. Projects which appeal to more than one area in particular are welcome. For example, development of hop or barley grower best practice guidance, based on resource use analysis to improve sustainable growth.

Sustainability priorities include (but are not limited to):

  • Increase the usage efficiency of energy, water and other natural resources
  • Protect the long-term viability of watersheds in which we operate
  • Identify and implement more sustainable growing practices
  • Identify and implement more sustainable packaging options
  • Evaluate the feasibility and effectiveness of less hazardous chemicals and / or process alternatives

Supply Chain priorities include (but are not limited to):

  • Affects of kilning conditions and practices on hop amylase activity
  • Thiol chemistry in hops
    • Identifying genetic markers for purposes of breeding
    • Flavor outcomes of bound versus free thiols
  • Nitrates in hops: cone nitrate concentration and sensory outcomes related to fertility timing and amount
  • Understanding the beer sensory outcomes of barley malt flavor deciders
  • Breeding 2-row winter and spring barley varieties for all-malt brewing
  • Breeding 2-row winter and spring barley varieties for organic production
  • Assessing long-term risk to barley and hop crops related to climate change; understanding and measuring the benefit of ongoing geographic spread of those crops
  • Identifying practical markers to replace dry matter values for rapid, accurate assessment of hop maturity and harvest timing

Draught Beer Quality priorities include (but are not limited to):

  • Validate or disprove current draught line cleaning recommendations found in the Draught Beer Quality Manual
  • Assess the impacts of various materials and components used in draught systems
  • Identify the components in varying craft beer styles that contribute to the development of biofilm in draught beer lines.

BA welcomes your proposals for research or in answer to any BA-initiated request for proposals (RFPs). For additional information read Research and Service Grants Proposal Guidelines.

Please note BA policy does not allow Institutional Overhead, Indirect Costs (“IDC”) or Facilities and Administration (“F&A”) charges on grant funding provided by BA. Read the BA Research and Service Grant Funding Policies.

Submit a Proposal

Proposals for 2020 calendar year funding will be accepted from March 1, 2019 until May 31, 2019.

Grant Abstracts and Updates


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Draught Beer Line Cleaning Study

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