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Tom Hutchison, who owns Gold Rush Malt in Baker City, checks the steel drum where barley is dried. He won three awards at the annual Craft Malt Conference the Craft Maltsters Guild held Feb. 10-12, 2021.

BAKER CITY — Behind the glass of beer, with its photogenic bubbles and foamy white head, there are Tom Hutchison and his bags of Eastern Oregon barley.

Hutchison’s place in the brewing business isn’t the most prominent.

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