Malt Cup

On February 7th, 2020 the winners of the 2020 Malt Cup were announced at the Craft Malt Conference. This is the second year the Craft Maltsters Guild held the competition which is open to American maltsters. In 2020, there were two categories (up from one the previous year) – Light Munich and Pale Malt. Quality analysis was conducted on all samples by the Montana State University Malt Quality Lab to ensure entries met the specs for each category. Samples then underwent a blind hot-steep method wort tasting in numerous locations around the United States by qualified sensory panels that included brewers, distillers, Cicerones, and malting experts. The results for this year’s competition are posted below.

Light Munich Category

1st Place:  Blacklands Malt

2nd Place: Briess Malt & Ingredients

3rd Place: Root Shoot Malting

Pale Malt Category

1st Place: 1886 Malt House

2nd Place: LINC Malt

3rd Place: Admiral Maltings

Best of Show

1886 Malt House took home overall Best of Show!

Congratulations to all of our winning malthouses and a BIG THANK YOU to all the craft maltsters who submitted entries in this year’s Malt Cup!