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“Global Crises Spur More Local Beers.” That’s on Joshua Bernstein’s list of beer industry trends to look for this year that just posted on SevenFifty Daily.

It’s true— the global supply chain is making ingredient purchasers turn to their backyards to source malt that’s not just local and readily available, but higher in quality and better performing in brewhouses.

We’re proud to have Virginia Tech’s Eastern Virginia Agricultural Research and Extension Center in our backyard, where small grains researchers have developed barley varieties able to weather our distinct climate in the Southeast.  Such efforts will “support a more diverse and durable crop of quality malting barley for the challenges ahead,” as our Co-Founder Brent Manning was quoted.

Now that’s malt with a mission. Read the article here.

The climate of the commodity grain supply chain in 2022 was bleak, to say the least. Our customers vented about shipping delays and inconsistencies, corporatization, and price upsurges— all served with a side of obtuse sales strategies and degraded product quality. As occasional issues turn endemic, we continue to scrutinize our malt quality, business model, and customer service standards. And we’re proud to report that our proactive mission has mitigated reactivity to the aggressively changing malt industry.

From day one we’ve been committed to high quality malt sourced from regional, family farms that we deliver on time. It’s that simple, and we plan to keep it up.

Kate Bernot of Good Beer Hunting recently covered the ramifications of increasing malt prices on the beer industry in an impressive piece that delves into the craft malt industry at large. We were honored to be among the voices of the craft maltsters she profiled, who include Valley Malt and Root Shoot Malting. Included in the dialogue was a quote from our CEO Scott Hickman who said, “There’s been this bizarre inversion, and we have found ourselves being less expensive than a couple of the big malt suppliers in certain situations.”

Bernot’s words are a poignant, timely read for anyone involved in the industry. In so many spaces like this one she hits the nail on the head when she describes why this topic matters.

With the price gap between craft malt and commodity malt narrowing, some brewers and craft maltsters believe now is the time for craft malt to finally compete economically against its larger counterparts. Given high shipping costs, a brewery may save additional money by sourcing its malts from its region rather than from across the country or overseas.

Read the full article on Good Beer Hunting.

We’re thrilled to return to the Florida Beer Blog! This time David Butler hosted our Florida, Georgia, and Alabama Territory Manager Tyler Adams for an in-depth conversation about craft malt– including the malting process, SRM, smoked malt, custom malt projects, single-origin Pilsner varieties like Chesapeake Pilsner and Cumberland Pilsner, and Florida 401 Grain Rye (commonly known as Florida Black Rye), to name a few of the topics they covered.

Listen to the episode here.

Pictured: Tyler on Eight Foot Brewing + Grand Central Brewhouse collaboration brew day earlier this year. 

As the number of breweries in North Carolina continues to increase, so too have the number of ancillary support businesses, says WNC Magazine in their latest article about the local beer scene. “Businesses such as White Labs, an international producer of yeast, and Riverbend Malt House, a craft grain maltster, offer easy access to quality ingredients, saving time and money as well as helping brewers produce better beer in a competitive marketplace.”

We’re proud to have grown up in the North Carolina beer scene, and thrilled to see its growth!

Read on to hear from many of our malt customers— including Bhramari Brewing, Burial Brewing, Asheville Brewing, Hi-Wire Brewing, Hillman Beer, Homeplace Beer Co., New Belgium Brewing, Outsider Brewing, Riverside Rhapsody, and Zillicoah Beer Co.