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Kurt Frentress shows off a handful of malt barley from a large batch of the crop that he grew for purchase by the Coors Brewing Company at his ranch near Hayden on Thursday morning.

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Frentress' malt barley harvest meets brewer's strict standards

The next time Kurt Frentress drinks a Coors beer, he might be tasting malt barley harvested on his Hayden ranch. The fourth-generation Hayden rancher was one of three Routt County farmers asked by Coors Brewing Company agronomists to grow the crop in a pilot program aimed at expanding the company's regional malt barley supplies.

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