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“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.”

“The Craft Malt Con Online closed with an awards ceremony, officiated by Brent Manning of Riverbend Malt House in Asheville, NC. Manning kept the positive spirit of the event alive by wearing a tuxedo to the awards ceremony, and often spoke in front of a virtual grain field.”

“Brent Manning with the Riverbend Malt House in Asheville, North Carolina, said his company obtains resources from across the Southeast. He added that he likes to help small farmers, and he’s happy to help those in Southwest Virginia.”