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Thanks to Steven and Wayne of the Upstate Beer Boys podcast for visiting the malthouse! In their episode, Brent talks shop about Riverbend’s history and day-to-day operations. As an added bonus, our sales representative and Plankowner Brewing owner Shawn joins the interview!

Listen in here.

The 2023 Craft Brewers Conference was a huge success! It was an honor to have our malt included in the recipe for the conference beer, Tri Star Blonde Ale, and it was so much fun to taste beers made with our malt all over town.

Thank you to the Brewers Association for having us at the expo, and also to moderate the Building an Educational Beer Festival panel featuring Sharon Cheek of the Tennessee Craft Brewers Guild, Matt Leff of Rhizome Productions and Nate Underwood from Harding House Brewing Company discussing the Farm To Tap initiative.

Chris Chamberlain of Nashville Scene was one of the attendees at this seminar, which he recapped in this Nashville Scene article about his conference experience. “Farm to Tap was offered as a model to engage drinkers in a more focused and environmentally topical festival,” he says. “Cheek, Leff and Underwood shared their lessons learned and offered helpful suggestions to the assembled crowd who seemed really receptive to their message. Overall, the events drew around 500 to 700 consumers each and featured 30-plus breweries, including some who joined the Guild specifically so that they could get involved. Cheek remarked how eager that the brewers were to be a part of the events and how much they helped out during the festivals.”

We’re thrilled to see the continuation of Farm To Tap! Follow along and check out the Farm To Tap survey results on the Tennessee Brewers Guild website.

Photos courtesy McNeely Brockman PR 

Bloody Butcher Corn has a rich story that’s woven into the history of American distilling. Some recent Modern Farmer coverage of this heritage crop reveals its evolution from moonshine to near extinction to abundant use in craft distilleries.

We were thrilled to weigh in, and we’re excited to provide Bloody Butcher Corn malt to many craft distillers across the Southeast region.

Check out the article here, and contact us if you’d like to purchase Bloody Butcher for your next recipe.

Along the eastern seaboard, there’s a growing network of folks interested in reanimating the dead—or, at least, the nearly dead. “There’s definitely a robust network on the eastern seaboard of people in brewing, distilling, academics and malting that are building on a lot of these storylines and getting some of these varieties back into the public’s hands,” says Brent Manning, certified cicerone and co-founder of Asheville, NC-based Riverbend Malt House.

The March 2023 issue of Business North Carolina magazine features a Riverbend Malt House profile that we’re very proud of! Thanks to the author Desmond Keller who put in much time to interview our leadership team, and learn more about the craft malt industry at large.

Read the article here.