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Lazy Magnolia recycles grains back to the farm

Robby Peterson

Robby Peterson

What do you do with tons of used grain every week?

Lazy Magnolia Brewing Co. owners Leslie and Mark Henderson decided to give theirs to area livestock farmers for feed rather than have it go to a landfill.

The brewery uses about 100,000 pounds of grains a month in its beer making.

It’s a natural “green” progression, said spokesman Tobie Baker. “The grains come from the farm to the brewery and then go back to the farm.”

Three farmers in Hancock and Pearl River counties pick up the used grain from the Kiln brewery to supplement the feed for their cattle and pigs.

The brewery estimates one farmer is saving “thousands of dollars a month” using the donated feed.

Dairy farmer Robby Peterson of Poplarville, who also does welding at the brewery, has about 110 head of Holstein and Jersey milk cows at his About Time Dairy. He mixes the used grains with chopped up corn and said the combo meal helps the cows make milk.

“It’s a wet grain.” he said. “It’s high protein. Cows really like it.”

Peterson, who’s been dairy farming for 26 years, sells a little over two tons of milk every other day to the Dairy Farmers Association.

He’s been getting the donated feed for about six months, and he said, “it helps out a bunch. A lot of farmers would love to have it.”

Peterson, by the way, said he has never had a drink of liquor. He prefers milk.

>>The brews

Southern Pecan Nut Brown Ale is touted as the first nut brown ale brewed with pecans. It won a Bronze Medal in the 2006 World Beer Cup in the Specialty Beer category.

Southern Gold is a smooth Golden Honey Ale, brewed with locally produced honey, and designed with a tip of the hat to Hattiesburg and the University of Southern Mississippi.

Lazy-Magnolia-shield-in-Grain_rgbDeep South Pale Ale, crisp and clean with an impressive finish, doesn’t fit in any category of pale ales, but it’s good for all seasons, according to the brewers.

Jefferson Stout, Lazy Magnolia’s original Sweet Potato Cream Stout, is brewed with sweet potatoes and lactose (milk sugar). You can taste roasted chocolate, coffee and caramel flavors in it.

Indian Summer, a light American-style wheat ale, is spiced with orange peel and coriander. There’s a citrus hint in the aroma, but it’s not too fruity.

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