Entries by Scott Hickman

Seven Ways To Make The Most Out Of Your Malt

We know you have many options, and we aim to make you proud with your choice of malt provider. Here are seven ways you can really make your investment in craft malt count in 2024.

1. Put Your Craft Malt Manual To Work

Use our Craft Malt User Manual to gain a deeper understanding of how your investment leads to innovative products, supports local, family-owned farms, and protects the environment.

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Mainstays Made With Riverbend Appalachian Wheat Malt

Our Appalachian Wheat malt is made using a new regionally adapted variety of soft red wheat called Oakes. With flavors of baked artisan bread and toast, it’s no surprise that this wheat malt was developed for use in the artisan bread industry. However, with an aroma and flavor that is more pronounced than traditional wheat malts, we’ve found it makes a tremendous malting variety that promotes head retention and body in the finished beer. 

Check out these mainstay beers made with Riverbend wheat malt,

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2023 Holiday Gift Ideas From Your Local Malt House

With giving season upon, we put together a maltster-inspired 2023 holiday gift ideas list for you. 

Maybe you’re holiday shopping for a homebrewer who would love to tote their supplies around in a malt bag, or perhaps you want to treat a whiskey lover to a crate full of Bourbon made with North Carolina ingredients. Enter your local malt house to hand-select gifts made by our partners across North Carolina. May they bring craft malt and joy to your holiday season.

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New Crystal 50 Malt Is The Darkest Offering Yet at Riverbend Malt House

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Riverbend Malt House now has a new answer to the frequently asked question, What’s the darkest malt you make?

Creating Riverbend’s Crystal Malt

Riverbend Malt House Crystal 50 is an acquiescence to the requests of many breweries across the Southeast for a Crystal Malt product dark enough to enhance Stouts and Porters and light enough to for Vienna and Dark Lager recipes.

“We’ve learned from the temperatures and times and moisture levels from double-kilning informed the recipe development for this new Crystal Malt,” says Riverbend Co-Founder Brian Simpson.

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Falling For Festbier


Oktoberfest Is In Full Effect. 

Since we launched the malt house, Oktoberfest season sales calls were met with a similar refrain…. “I only use German malt for those recipes”. 

Of course this makes sense; these events are wrapped in hundreds of years of history and tradition. Add to this, the relative lack of experience of an upstart malt house and new barley varieties, and you have a recipe for hesitation.

Over the years,

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Riverbend Craft Malt Showcase Returns To Brick Store Pub September 21

DECATUR, GA— Brick Store Pub will host the second annual Riverbend Craft Malt Showcase on Thursday, September 21. This tap takeover will boast a stylistic range of 15 beers brewed with malt from Riverbend Malt House. 

 

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Craft breweries across the Southeast have united to build this one-of-a-kind tap list that includes a wide array of beer styles such as German-style Lagers crafted for Oktoberfest season,

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Riverbend Malt House 2023 Harvest Report

“The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.” – Leo Tolstoy

When the temperature begins to warm and the days get longer, we start to watch the weather a bit more closely around the Southeast. Calls go out to our small grains growers in late April and early May to get an early read on the crop. Have we had enough rain? Enough warm weather? Any disease pressure?

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Riverbend Malt House Named On Inc. 5000 List Of Fastest Growing Private Companies in America For Second Year

Today Inc. Magazine named Riverbend Malt House 3992 on the list of the 5000 fastest growing private companies in America. Riverbend ranked #96 on the list of fastest growing North Carolina companies.

2023 marks the second consecutive year that Riverbend has made the Inc. 5000 list, one of the most prestigious rankings of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies, representing top tier independent small businesses in America. Inc. 5000 status is conferred based upon a company’s cumulative revenue growth over the preceding three years.

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Mainstays Made With Riverbend Carolina Rye

Carolina RyeFor the Love of Malted Rye

For a decade, Riverbend Malt House has worked with Carter Farms in Eagle Springs, North Carolina, North Carolina, to source the Abruzzi rye variety for its Carolina Rye malt. This malted Rye pays homage to a crop that has been grown in the South for more than 200 years, and it’s no surprise that brewers and distillers love it for its unique flavor blend of herbal spice,

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Riverbend Malt House Earns 2023 Living Wage Certified Employer Status

For the sixth consecutive year, Riverbend Malt House has earned Just Economics’ Living Wage Certified Employer status for paying all of its 16 employees a salary at or above the living wage rate established by the county. Additionally, Riverbend continues to pay 100 percent of employee health insurance premiums, commencing on the first day of employment.

Since 2007, Just Economics has worked to educate and advocate for a just and sustainable local economy that works for all in Western North Carolina.

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