Michigan Craft Beverage Council Announces 2024 Research Grant Awardees

Grants support and enhance the state’s expanding craft beer, hard cider, spirits, and wine industries

February 22, 2024

Jenelle Jagmin
Program Director
Michigan Craft Beverage Council

Chelsea Lewis-Parisio
Media Contact
Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

LANSING - The Michigan Craft Beverage Council (MCBC) today announced the winners of its 2024 research grant program. The 12 selected projects total $345,706 in funding for research and education, advancing agricultural inputs for craft beer, spirits, wine, and hard cider. Four of the proposals selected are continuation projects in good standing.

"Michigan's craft beverage industry supports our state's diverse agricultural offerings from hops, grains, and fruit," said Tim Boring, chair, Michigan Craft Beverage Council and Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Director. "Governor Whitmer's most recent budget recommendation highlights how vital innovation is to Michigan’s growth. Our craft beverage industry is an excellent example of an industry that continues to utilize innovation to create new products, leading to good-paying jobs and increased economic opportunities."

The 2024 research grants align with the research priorities of the Council including climate change impact; crop quality, new varieties, and flavor profile analysis for hops, grapes, fruit, small grains, or other agricultural inputs used in craft beverage production; sustainable water-use and wastewater/process water discharge projects; increasing use of Michigan agricultural products in craft beverage production; and benchmarking best practices accelerating the use of local agricultural inputs.

Projects awarded 2024 research funding include:

At the close of the grant cycle, final reports will be posted to the Council’s website research database. Searchable by keyword, author, year, category and crop, the database is designed to make the research of the Council easily accessed by industry members.

For more information about the Michigan Craft Beverage Council, including grants, grower connections, business support, and a map of craft beverage licensees, visit michigancraftbeverage.com.


The Michigan Craft Beverage Council is a 10-member, governor-appointed board that is advisory to the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, and was established to provide for research, marketing and promotion of Michigan agricultural products that are used in the production of Michigan craft beverages.

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