Entries by Scott Hickman

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. 

 

WHAT

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 Rye

Riverbend Malt House has worked with Carter Farms in Eagle Springs, North Carolina, for a decade to source the Abruzzi rye variety for its Carolina Rye malt. Carolina Rye pays homage to this crop 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, black peppercorn, and citrus. Here is an assortment of those craft brewers and distillers crafting mainstays made with Riverbend Carolina Rye. 

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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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Winner’s Circle: International Craft Producer of the Year and Award-Winning Beers Made With Riverbend Malt

Winner's Circle

It’s time once again to give a shout-out to the Riverbend customers who have taken home hardware at recent industry competitions. We are honored to support the makers of some of the world’s finest beers and spirits!


Craft Producer of the Year

To start this Winner’s Circle, we couldn’t be happier to congratulate Chattanooga Whiskey for some exceptional distilling.  This Tennessee-based distillery scored the title of Craft Producers of the Year,

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Riverbend Malt House 2023 Oktoberfest Planning Guide

Oktoberfest

It’s almost time to fill those tanks with German-style lagers to serve during this Oktoberfest season. Here is an Oktoberfest planning guide to our standard malt offerings to help plan all of your 2023 recipes. 

Czech-Style Pilsner (<2 SRM)

This product was inspired by the malts hailing from the Hana valley in the eastern portion of the Czech Republic that remain truly under-modified and low in color. In order to reign in these traits,

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Craft Malt Converts: District Made Spirits

District Made Spirits

You might know them as One Eight Distilling. Recently rebranded, this Washington DC-based company now goes by District Made Spirits. Originally, only their vodka brand was called District Made, but it was fitting for the distillery’s whole lineup of rye-forward spirits to earn this name that nods to their location and their long-term local commitments. 

All About the Terroir

“I love the idea of terroir in spirits,” says District Made Co-Founder and Head Distiller Alex Laufer.

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