This past week, we were recognized for our Rootlet recycling program in multiple outlets. Check out the links below!

NC Beer Guys

Craft Brewing Business: Riverbend Malt House hits rootlet recycling milestone

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Jimi Carbone of Beer Sessions featured our South by Northwest collaboration with Skagit Valley Malting on his podcast, Beer Sessions. In this exploration of Washington and North Carolina malt terroir we created two SMaSH (single malt and single hop) malt-forward pale ales brewed identically at DSSOLR in Asheville, North Carolina and Terramar Brewstillery in Edison, Washington. Both craft beers featured the experimental hop HBC 586 with the only variable being the base malt— both 2-row winter barley varieties grown in North Carolina and in the Skagit Valley.

Here are some of our favorite quotes from the episode, courtesy of Vince Tursi of DSSOLVR.

“Riverbend was doing some really cool stuff with different varietals. We were able to pull much different character than I’ve ever really come across in any other craft maltster. I can pick out [their wheat] in a beer.”

“It was really cool to be able to leverage local. As Riverbend has grown, I’ve always tried to use them whenever I can. And now at DSSOLVR, all of our base malt is Riverbend based. It’s great because that means that all of the base malt we’re using is coming from within 500 miles of our brewery.”

“Riverbend just has this really cool well rounded floral, grassy, herbal, and yet still pronounced malt character.”

Listen here! Episode 592: South by Northwest Craft Malt Exchange on the Heritage Radio Network

Coverage of Riverbend’s exciting new equipment expansion announcement:


Brewer Magazine

Craft Brewing Business


“The beer represents a unique partnership among three Western North Carolina companies, with Roots Foods and Riverbend Malt House joining forces with Catawba on the project. One dollar from each pint sold will be donated to the Roots Foundation in support of local educators.”

“Friends of ours including Hi-Wire BrewingAsheville Brewing CompanyCatawba Brewing Co., and Riverbend Malt House unloaded trucks and vans filled with materials.”

“A big part of our story is local sourcing,” says Brent Manning, co-founder of Riverbend Malt House. “Beyond that, from a production standpoint…we’ve always had partnerships with local farmers to keep [spent] material out of landfill. But this recycling piece that captures our packaging waste was really kind of the last big-ticket thing that we were trying to find a better solution for.”



“Though the brewery sources the majority of its grain from the midwest, other ingredients such as its malt make their way from Riverbend Malt House in Asheville…”

“Late in 2020, New Belgium made the decision to use Riverbend Malt House, located in Asheville, for a portion of the total malt needs in the production of Old Tuffy. Cans now hitting the shelves will feature the “Craft Malt Certified Beer” seal to illustrate the brewers’ dedication to local North Carolina farmers and the Riverbend Malt House.

In addition to enhancing the flavor profile of the beer, the malts deepen Old Tuffy’s connections with the Wolfpack: Riverbend’s co-founder, Brent Manning, is a fourth-generation NC State alum and 2000 graduate of the College of Natural Resources. He started Riverbend in 2011 with significant assistance from the small grains staff at NC State Extension.

We see this project as a great way to connect North Carolina farmers to the Old Tuffy project.

“We are really excited to connect North Carolina farmers to the Old Tuffy project,” said Manning. “NC State Agricultural Extension was a huge help to Riverbend in our early days and we continue our partnership to this day. We see this project as a great way to support their work and further the goals of the craft malt industry.”

“Four Asheville breweries — Bhramari Brewing Co., Green Man Brewery, Zillicoah Beer Co. and DSSOLVR — will be featured in the second season of “Crafted,” a series on Amazon Prime and Facebook Watch. The show, produced by Craig Chapman, tours craft breweries across the country. The White Labs yeast facility and Riverbend Malt House will also be included in the episode.”