Kneading Conference gives rise to craft brewer’s plans for malt house Malt, a key ingredient in many beers, is only created by a handful of craft operations, a society Joel Alex, of Farmington, hopes to join.

SKOWHEGAN — Joel Alex graduated from Colby College as an environmental studies major and has been working as a mapmaking consultant for the past five years.

Alex, who lives in Farmington, said the local food scene, which includes three farmers markets and community-supported agriculture, piqued his interest in sustainable food systems. He took up homebrewing.

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