Bere Barley


Hordeum vulgare

bere grainheadBere barley is an ancient variety reportedly brought to the British Isles in the 9th century by Viking farmers. In more recent history (pre 20th century) it was widely grown on Bere Island, north of Britian. Today, only a few farmers still raise Bere. It has been superseded by modern varieties. Traditionally Bere has been used for making bread, biscuits and bannock. It was also used for animal feed and thatch. Aside from those uses, Bere has a long history as a malting grain for the production of beer and whiskey.

I received my seed stock from a friend in Kentucky. This summer (2015) was the fist trial. Given the heavy rains we experienced, Bere had minor lodging issues. There was a degree of susceptibility to fusarium, but in defense, all cereal grains in my region experienced some fusarium infection due to the extremely wet season. The plants reached a height of 36 inches and matured in 92 days. This is a spring planted, hulled, 6 row barley. It is difficult to remove hulls without specialized equipment.

Bere barley May 25

11 Responses to Bere Barley

  1. Amy says:

    Do you have any Bere Barley left to sell? I have been compiling an order. Thanks.

  2. Dave says:

    I would like to buy some Bere from you. Do you have an ETA on when you can receive orders?

  3. Dave says:

    I just noted that you are up and running. Thanks!

  4. Taylor says:

    Do you have any malted/ germinated Bere Barley to sell? I want to make a beer with it. I am in Tarpon Springs, FL. Thanks!

  5. Sally says:

    Hi. Can you ship bare seed to Australia?

  6. Al says:

    Hey, I am interested in purchasing some bere seeds, about how long might it be, until I can purchase seeds, since you are temporarily closed?

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