Fifteen Southeastern Craft Breweries Customize Riverbend Malt House 10 Year Harvest Beers


The first craft maltster in the Southeast, Riverbend Malt House, celebrated a decade in business by embarking upon a year-long campaign highlighting the cultivation, malting, and brewing of their 10th grain harvest. From said harvest Riverbend produced a specialty 10 Year Anniversary Malt, Sunset Wheat, that 15 world-class Southeastern breweries showcased in beers ranging from Hefeweizen to New England IPA. 

Overall, most of Riverbend’s growers reported high test weight and above average yields from the 2021 harvest, providing the malt house with sufficient raw material to consistently serve its 240+ brewery and distillery customers across the Southeast last year.

The darling of Riverbend’s 2021 specialty malt offerings was Sunset Wheat, Riverbend’s flagship Appalachian wheat with a warmer, Munich-style kilning regime that produced a nice mix of baking spice and toast character. This combination added depth and flavor to a wide range of  beer styles, inspiring professional brewers and homebrewers across the region. 

Ten years of harvest has come with many milestones for this trailblazing craft malt company.  Learn more about their sustainability initiatives and expanding production in Riverbend 10 Year Fact Sheet and the 2021 Riverbend Year in Review

Brent Manning, Riverbend’s Co-Founder, attributes the malt house’s growth to their commitment to quality, and their ever-strengthening relationships with farm partners. “All of this has allowed us to expand contracted acreage throughout our network and strengthen our commitment to Malt With A Mission,” he says.

As a finale to their 10 Year Harvest program, Riverbend will premiere its short film, #Riverbend10, on Earth Day, Friday April 22 via YouTube. 

Riverbend extends gratitude to their friends at the following breweries who expressed Sunset Wheat in these beers; and to their homebrew shop partners who offered this malt variety for sale. 

Bhramari Brewing Co., Obliterated Mind Rauchweizen

Crooked Can Brewing Co., Common Ground California Common

DSSOLVR, Blood of My Kin Dark English Mild

Fonta Flora, Bier de Riverbend Belgian Dark Strong Ale

Fullsteam, River Skating Winter IPA

Green Man Brewery, Riverbend10! Wheat Wine

Gypsy Road Brewing, Citra All The Way Down Hazy IPA

Kite Hill Brewing Co., Yule Love This Collaboration Winter IPA

Mason Jar Lager Company, Sunset Peach Tea Lager

Perfect Plain Brewing Co., Salt Wedge Oyster Saison 

Plankowner Brewing Co., Strange Bird IPA

Print Shop Beer Co., Decimation Double IPA 

Cellarest Beer Project & Standard Beer + Food collaboration, Sunset in Hirondella Hefeweizen

Harding House Brewery, Farm Hands Sweet Potato English Ale


Asheville Brewers Supply – Asheville, NC

Westside Bottle Shop – Athens,  GA