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Riverbend Malt House Announces Initial Participants in Craft Malt Program

New Craft Maltsters Guild program recognizes Breweries and Distilleries which support local craft malt

Asheville, NC – September 13th, 2019. Riverbend Malt Housetoday announced partnerships with five of the initial participants in the Certified Craft Malt Seal program, a new national scale initiative developed by the Craft Maltsters Guild. The Seal program allows partner brewers and distillers to signify their commitment to utilizing locally sourced raw materials through a trademarked seal available for marketing and labeling purposes. The Guild program was officially unveiled on Friday, September 13th, in conjunction with a series of nation-wide Craft Malt Day events.

The first program of its kind in the craft malt industry, the Certified Craft Malt Seal is available to all breweries or distilleries sourcing 10 percent or more of their grain from craft maltsters, either for specific individual beverages or across the entire production lineup.  The Seal provides an opportunity for product differentiation within a crowded marketplace in which discerning customers are increasingly choosing to support local businesses with their beverage spending. Craft Maltsters Guild certification requires sponsorship from a maltster member of the Guild.

We’re very happy for this increased level of certification to become available,” notes William Goldberg, Co-Founder and Head Distiller at Oak and Grist Distillery.  “We’re committed to using local malt such as Riverbend because it allows us to create a unique product emphasizing our native terroir, and the Craft Malt Seal lets our customers know just how important that is to us.”

Choosing local malt provides craft beer and spirits producers with a compelling narrative focused not only on supporting small businesses and increasing environmental sustainability within the supply chain, but also on creating products that stand out.  The Certified Craft Malt Seal gives brewers and distillers a simplified means of conveying that narrative to consumers.

“As a small business, we feel a strong moral and ethical obligation to support our neighbors,” explains DSSOLVR Brewing Company Co-Founder and Head Brewer Vince Tursi.  “Beyond that, sourcing grist from local malt houses gives us something we can’t get from the big guys. Local maltsters like Riverbend process differently and provide a fresher product, giving us the rustic flavor profiles we’re aiming for while giving our beers a sense of place. The Seal lets us express that to our customers with a simple image.”

In addition to Oak and Grist and DSSOLVR, other Asheville-area breweries committed to the Certified Craft Malt Seal program brewery-wide include Burial Beer Co., Bhramari Brewing and Brouwerij Cursus Keme. Breweries and distilleries interested in using the Seal can find more information and apply for certification at https://craftmalting.com/the-guild/membership/

About Riverbend Malt House

Riverbend Malt House, founded in 2010 and headquartered in Asheville, NC, is one of the original craft malting facilities in the US. Utilizing grain sourced from local, family owned farmers, Riverbend malt fuels high quality, unique beverages produced by hundreds of North America’s finest craft breweries and distilleries.

www.riverbendmalt.com

Press and Sales contact:

Matt Thompson, Sales Director 206.799.0999 matt@riverbendmalt.com

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Riverbend Malt House Announces Hull and Oats

New specialty grain ideal for hazy IPAs

Asheville, NC – August 20th, 2019. Riverbend Malt House today announced the immediate availability of Hull and Oats, a new specialty oat malt. Crafted to provide a balanced element in styles that benefit from enhanced viscosity, Hull and Oats is a perfect complement to popular styles ranging from adjunct stouts to hazy IPAs.

Utilizing the Brooks oat variety developed by North Carolina State University with an eye toward high protein levels and disease resistance, Hull and Oats maintains Riverbend’s commitment to sourcing local ingredients by partnering with small family farms in neighboring Virginia. Hull and Oats was designed with beer production in mind, with the oat hulls providing a natural filter and a 14 percent protein level to deliver a smooth, silky mouthfeel.

“We are really excited to expand our catalog with the release of Hull and Oats,” noted Brent Manning, Co-Founder and head of product development for Riverbend. “They deliver a sweet, creamy flavor to a wide variety of styles including hazy IPAs. The contributions to mouthfeel and body are substantial given the elevated protein levels.”

In a crowded segment such as hazy IPA, utilizing premium malts can be a valuable point of differentiation, and choosing hulled oats over flaked or rolled alternatives can make a brewer’s finished beer stand out from the pack. Riverbend has met with robust demand for its superior specialty products, and Hull and Oats is no exception.

“I have no doubt that Riverbend will see great success with Hull and Oats, people really want their oats right now,” points out Bhramari Brewing Company Owner and Head Brewer Gary Sernack. “We’ve always loved working with Streaker Oats in the past, but for Neon Ghosts we wanted to keep innovating. Hull and Oats delivered the flavor profile our customers are looking for, giving the beer something new and different while maintaining the local connection that’s so important to us. It’s now our best selling beer, and that says something about the quality of Riverbend’s oats.”

Riverbend’s Hull and Oats is in stock now and available for immediate delivery, with same-day shipping available on eligible orders placed before noon, Monday through Thursday.

About Riverbend Malt House

Riverbend Malt House, founded in 2010 and headquartered in Asheville, NC, is one of the original craft malting facilities in the US. Utilizing grain sourced from local, family owned farmers, Riverbend malt fuels high quality, unique beverages produced by hundreds of North America’s finest craft breweries and distilleries. www.riverbendmalt.com

Press and Sales contact:
Matt Thompson, Sales Director 206.799.0999 matt@riverbendmalt.com

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Riverbend Malt House Announces Vienna Malt

Traditional malt ideal for Märzens and other Lagers

Asheville, NC – July 23rd, 2019. Riverbend Malt House today announced the immediate availability of its new Vienna malt. Just in time for Festbier season, this traditional German- style malt consists of 2-row barley grown on local, family-owned farms and delicately kilned at warmer temperatures than a pale malt to achieve the classic flavor profiles found in the world’s best autumn lagers.

Ideal as a base malt for robust Märzens, Riverbend Vienna Malt is also well suited to complement grist bills for malt-forward lager styles such as Helles. Its high level of diastatic power (>100) allows Riverbend Vienna Malt to be incorporated into a wide variety of styles without sacrificing efficiency. Vienna is a versatile, 3 Lovibond malt that can be incorporated seamlessly into fall seasonals, as well as year-round flagship beers.

“Developing a Vienna-style malt was an exciting challenge for us,” noted Brent Manning, Co- Founder and head of product development for Riverbend. “We wanted to create a rich, flavorful malt that delivered complex aromatics and biscuity flavor while maintaining the diastatic power of a base malt.”

Riverbend’s Vienna Malt has received glowing reviews from early adopters, including Georgia- based Arches Brewing Co. Arches Head Brewer Justin Ramirez, who selected Vienna when redesigning the next iteration of the brewery’s Festbier, was particularly pleased with Riverbend’s newest offering.

“As a brewery that cares a lot about quality and where our grain comes from, we were thrilled to be able to locally source such a high-quality malt. We really enjoyed the character exhibited from adding a small amount to our Low Viz IPA, and we look forward to seeing it represented as a large part of the grain bill in our Festbier.” explained Ramirez. “We needed an efficient malt that was also distinctive enough to make our new IPA pop, and Riverbend’s Vienna exceeded our expectations. We work with Riverbend Malt frequently at Arches, and we’re excited for the possibilities this new product opens for future beers.”

Riverbend’s Vienna Malt is in stock now and available for immediate delivery, with same-day shipping available on eligible orders placed before noon, Monday through Thursday.

About Riverbend Malt House
Riverbend Malt House, founded in 2010 and headquartered in Asheville, NC, is one of the original craft malting facilities in the US. Utilizing grain sourced from local, family owned farmers, Riverbend malt fuels high quality, unique beverages produced by hundreds of North America’s finest craft breweries and distilleries. www.riverbendmalt.com

Press and Sales contact:
Matt Thompson, Sales Director 206.799.0999 matt@riverbendmalt.com

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Non-GMO Malt Ideal for Mexican Lagers, Cream Ales, Craft Bourbons and Moonshine

Asheville, NC – June 25th, 2019. Riverbend Malt House today announced the immediate availability of its new non-GMO Cumberland Corn Malt™. Sourced from grain grown on local, family-owned farms, Cumberland is malted from food-grade dent corn and delivers superior flavor when compared to traditional flaked material.

“As summer heats up a number of our customers are brewing lighter beers such as Mexican lagers, cream ales and pre-Prohibition lagers,” noted Brent Manning, Co-Founder and head of product development for Riverbend. “Our Cumberland corn malt gives those beers a richer, sweeter flavor without the need for a cereal mash.”

“We use Riverbend’s Cumberland Corn Malt™ in Cerveza, our new Mexican Lager,” remarked Cris Ellenbecker, Brewmaster for Yee-Haw Brewing in Johnson City, TN. “It performed well in the brewhouse, and we love sourcing from local farmers.”

Riverbend’s Cumberland Corn Malt™ is in stock and available for immediate delivery in 50 pound sacks or 2000 pounds supersacks. Orders of 2000 pounds or less which are received by noon Monday-Thursday ship same-day.

About Riverbend Malt House
Riverbend Malt House, founded in 2010 and headquartered in Asheville, NC, is one of the original craft malting facilities in the US. Utilizing grain sourced from local, family owned farmers, Riverbend malt fuels high quality, unique beverages produced by hundreds of North America’s finest craft breweries and distilleries.
www.riverbendmalt.com

Press and Sales contact:
Matt Thompson, Sales Director 206.799.0999 matt@riverbendmalt.com

Flaked Products Ideal for Hazy IPAs, Farmhouse Ales

Asheville, NC – May 21st, 2019. Riverbend Malt House today announced the immediate availability of its new Flaked Wheat and Flaked Rye. Sourced principally from grain grown on local, family-owned farms, these flaked products join Riverbend’s expanding product line of base and specialty malts.

Responding to increasing demand from craft brewers for new ingredients which complement hazy IPAs and barrel-aged sours, these new flaked materials have been specifically designed to help head retention and to provide velvety body in highly attenuated styles.

“As the hazy IPA craze has increased, so has the need for flaked ingredients,” noted Brent Manning, Co-Founder and head of product development for Riverbend. “Flaked wheat and rye beautifully accent hazy IPAs and farmhouse ales, allowing brewers to round out their locally-sourced grist and produce an ale with a distinctive terroir.”

“We use Riverbend’s Flaked Wheat, Flaked Rye, and Appalachian Malted Wheat in Starchaser, our year-round White Ale,” remarked Trace Redmond, R&D Brewer for Highland Brewing in Asheville, NC. “Their products form a great foundation for integrating the spicy notes from the yeast, ginger, and coriander in this beer. We wanted to create a beer that fit the flavors and climate of the Southeast and Riverbend Malt helps us achieve that.”

Riverbend’s Flaked Wheat and Flaked Rye ingredients are in stock and available for immediate delivery in 40 pound sacks.

About Riverbend Malt House
Riverbend Malt House, founded in 2010 and headquartered in Asheville, NC, is one of the original craft malting facilities in the US. Utilizing grain sourced from local, family owned farmers, Riverbend malt fuels high quality, unique beverages produced by hundreds of North America’s finest craft breweries and distilleries.
www.riverbendmalt.com

Press and Sales contact:
Matt Thompson, Sales Director 206.799.0999 matt@riverbendmalt.com

Lighter 1.8-2.2L malt ideal for IPAs and Lagers

Asheville, NC – April 9th, 2019. Riverbend Malt House today announced the immediate availability of its new “Base Camp Extra Pale” 2-row malt. Sourced from grain grown on local, family-owned farms, Base Camp joins the expanding family of 2-row base malts in the Riverbend craft malt product line. Responding to increasing demand from craft brewers for a light base malt in the 1.8 to 2.2 Lovibond color range, Base Camp provides a delicate malt character suitable for lighter-bodied beers such as India Pale Ales and Lagers.

“Base Camp is a lighter malt which broadens our portfolio, giving brewers more flexibility in beer recipe development,” noted Brent Manning, Founder and head of product development for Riverbend. “Riverbend is continuing to add to our line of southern grown 2-row barley products and Base Camp is a natural evolution.”

Legion Brewing in Charlotte, NC is using Base Camp as the foundation for its American Wheat Ale, in conjunction with other Riverbend malts. “The malt provides a phenomenal backbone with a unique regional character that helps define our product,” remarked Scott Griffin, Legion’s Head Brewer. “We look forward to using Base Camp in other styles and capacities.”

Riverbend’s “Base Camp Extra Pale” malt is in stock and available for immediate delivery.

About Riverbend Malt House
Riverbend Malt House, founded in 2010 and headquartered in Asheville, NC, is one of the original craft malting facilities in the US. Utilizing grain sourced from local, family owned farmers, Riverbend malt fuels high quality, unique beverages produced by hundreds of North America’s finest craft breweries and distilleries.
www.riverbendmalt.com

Press and Sales contact:
Matt Thompson, Sales Director 206.799.0999 matt@riverbendmalt.com

New craft malt broadens Riverbend specialty product line

Asheville, NC – Nov 29, 2018. Riverbend Malt House today announced the immediate availability of its new malted oats product. Sourced from North Carolina family-owned farms, these oats add a new grain category to Riverbend’s broad line of premium quality 6-row barley, 2-row barley, wheat and rye malts.

“This is a significant addition to our product line,” noted Brent Manning, founder and head of product development for Riverbend. “We worked closely with North Carolina State University to develop a proprietary hull-less oat variety that works well in a variety of beer styles.”

“We’ve used Riverbend’s malt for years because we appreciate the quality and commitment to North Carolina farmers,” remarked Zach Newton, head brewer at Newgrass Brewing in Shelby, North Carolina. “The new malted oats allow us to create a 100% local malt recipe for the wildly popular New England IPA’s which our customers enjoy.”

Riverbend’s malted oats are in stock and available for immediate delivery.

About Riverbend Malt House
Riverbend Malt House, founded in 2010 and headquartered in Asheville, NC, is one of the original craft malting facilities in the US. Utilizing grain sourced from local, family owned farmers, Riverbend malt fuels high quality, unique beverages produced by hundreds of North America’s finest craft breweries and distilleries.
www.riverbendmalt.com

Press and Sales contact:
Matt Thompson, Sales Director 206.799.0999 matt@riverbendmalt.com

Expedited delivery times for craft malt products

Asheville, NC – Oct 3, 2018. Riverbend Malt House today announced improved delivery times for its entire line of malt products. Effective immediately, eligibleorders which are received by noon, Monday through Thursday, will be shipped on the same day the order is received. Orders received at any time on Friday, Saturday or Sunday will ship the following Monday.

“Many of our customers experience variable demand and have flexible production schedules, and so we’ve streamlined our operations to be highly responsive,” noted Matt Thompson, Director of Sales for Riverbend. “We want for the quality of Riverbend’s service to be every bit as good as the quality of our malt.”

The expedited delivery program applies to orders of 4000 pounds or less for all of Riverbend’s barley, rye and wheat malts, for products which are currently in inventory.

Riverbend’s malted oats are in stock and available for immediate delivery.

About Riverbend Malt House
Riverbend Malt House, founded in 2010 and headquartered in Asheville, NC, is one of the original craft malting facilities in the US. Utilizing grain sourced from local, family owned farmers, Riverbend malt fuels high quality, unique beverages produced by hundreds of North America’s finest craft breweries and distilleries.
www.riverbendmalt.com

Press and Sales contact:
Matt Thompson, Sales Director 206.799.0999 matt@riverbendmalt.com

Industry veteran “key addition” for emerging leader in craft malting

Asheville, NC – July 2, 2018. Riverbend Malt House today announced that Matt Thompson has joined the company as Director of Sales. Thompson will have responsibility for selling Riverbend’s entire product line of two- and six-row barley, wheat and rye malts into the craft brewing and craft distilling markets. He will also play a leading role in marketing and strategy development.

“We are delighted to have someone with Matt’s broad industry experience join Riverbend,” said Scott Hickman, CEO of Riverbend. “His successful track record at leading craft brewers such as Rogue Ales and Elysian makes him a key addition to Riverbend’s team as we accelerate our growth.”

“Riverbend is one of the most interesting stories – and most innovative companies – in craft malting today,” said Thompson. “I’m very excited to have this opportunity to join the Riverbend team in the early stages of the company’s growth and help build a company that is changing an industry.”

About Riverbend Malt House
Riverbend Malt House, founded in 2010 and headquartered in Asheville, NC, is one of the original craft malting facilities in the US. Utilizing grain sourced from local, family owned farmers, Riverbend malt fuels high quality, unique beverages produced by hundreds of North America’s finest craft breweries and distilleries.
www.riverbendmalt.com

Press and Sales contact:
Matt Thompson, Sales Director 206.799.0999 matt@riverbendmalt.com

New product to be available September 1st

Asheville, NC – August 15th, 2017. Riverbend Malt House today announced the availability of its new “Southern Select” malt product, utilizing locally sourced 2-row barley.

“There has been a persistent myth that 2-row barley couldn’t be viably grown in the South,” stated Brent Manning, Riverbend Founder/Head Maltster. “Working closely with our farming partners, we are now able to source locally grown, high quality 2-row barley from which we are able to make spectacular malt.”

“We have partnered with Riverbend Malt House for years to help create distinctive flavors across our core lineup of beers,” commented Alexa Long, Head Brewer at Legion Brewing Company. “We’re pretty excited about their new 2-row malt product as it will allow us to continue to innovate with locally-sourced ingredients.”

“Riverbend now has a 2-row barley offering to complement our traditional 6-row barley product,” continued Manning. “This is part of our strategy to offer an increasing range of malt products which address individual brewer preferences and enable our customers to explore new flavor profiles in their products.”

Orders for “Southern Select” may be placed immediately, and the first product shipments to customers will commence on September 1st.

About Riverbend Malt House
Riverbend Malt House, founded in 2010 and headquartered in Asheville, NC, is one of the original craft malting facilities in the US. Utilizing grain sourced from local, family owned farmers, Riverbend malt fuels high quality, unique beverages produced by hundreds of North America’s finest craft breweries and distilleries.
www.riverbendmalt.com

Press and Sales contact:
Matt Thompson, Sales Director 206.799.0999 matt@riverbendmalt.com