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Six Beers To Drink This Fall, Craft Malt Edition

From pumpkin ales to Oktoberfest biers — fall is in the beer.  Asheville’s Riverbend Malt House is a key component in producing these autumnal flavors, which won’t last long on tap across the Southeast this season. Don’t miss…

Brent Manning of Riverbend Malt House: Five Strategies Our Company Is Using To Tackle Climate Change & Become More Sustainable

After 10 years in the craft malt business, we're reflecting on our past, and how we want to approach our future with the least environmental impact possible. The timing was perfect for's Authority Magazine to interview us about…

Riverbend Malt House Partners Score Big in Beer Competitions This Season

Congratulations are in order to so many of our brewery customers for cleaning up at this season’s awards— including the Great American Beer Festival®, the U.S. Beer Open, the North Carolina Brewers Cup, and the National Honey Board Honey…
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Six Reasons To Invest In Craft Malt For Your Next Recipe

We’re inspired by the eco-conscious and passionate crafters of small batch beer and spirits in the Southeast, and we’re on a mission to create a local, sustainable food system that adds value and credibility to these artisan products…
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Harvest Report – Part 2

  Excited to share the news of a bountiful harvest! Back in June we collected grain samples from around our region and patiently waited for the lab results. The early reports were strong, showing solid protein levels, strong germination,…
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Our 10th (!!!!) Harvest Report – 2021

Wow, the samples are starting to arrive and they look beautiful!   Each year we hold our collective breathe from late May to mid June, watching the weather and waiting for early reports on grain quality. These crucial weeks determine…
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National Homebrew Day – May 7th

Homebrewing was an integral part of our early development and we are excited to celebrate National Homebrew Day on May 7th! I started homebrewing back in Wilmington with an old 5 gallon pot and igloo cooler. I cobbled together a gravity…
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Calculating our footprint

  We launched Riverbend in 2010 with the intent of building a more sustainable supply chain for craft beer and spirits production. The first page of our website included a declaration of support for our local farmers and the planet.…
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Using a CoA for Malting and Brewing – Pt. 3

We work hard to produce consistent, quality malt. As part of this process, we send every batch to a third party lab which provides us with a full Certificate of Analysis (CoA). A recent review of a discrepancy in color, prompted an interesting…