WLNS.com is reporting the revival of a century old, once popular Michigan tradition. Spartan Barley, first developed in 1916 by Michigan Agricultural College horticulturists, has been revived thanks to an individual at MSU AgBioResearch.

Russell Freed came across some heirloom seeds of Spartan Barley, not seen since the 1950's. Now, there is enough Spartan Barley for New Holland Brewery to use in a special brew recipe. Look for Russ' Revival, fittingly named after Freed, if you want to get a taste of Pure Michigan...literally, not just figuratively. Russ' Revival is also brewed with hops native to Michigan and a strain of yeast found in the Upper Peninsula.