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!