Michigan State startup roasts chestnuts for beer production

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) – A new Michigan State University startup company is roasting chestnuts for use in craft brewing.

The university says the chestnuts roasted by Treeborn Products highlight their sweet, nutty flavor and can be used in beers such as ales, stouts and porters. The company is located in Jackson inside the Rogers Reserve, which was donated to the university to grow and study chestnut trees.

Treeborn Products CEO Brian Polowniak says more than 60 breweries are making test batches using the company’s chestnut chips.

According to the 2012 U.S. Census of Agriculture, Michigan is the leading state in chestnut production.

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