2021 Craft Malt Conference shifts to virtual event

Guild board votes to transition annual gathering to an online experience 2020 has been a roller coaster and this fact doesn’t seem to be changing anytime soon. We’ve watched as friends in the beer and spirits industries have had to move their annual gatherings online because of the continued uncertainty we face with the COVID-19…

Sprouted Grain: A Potential New Market for Maltsters

By Hannah Turner – Montana State University Barley and Malt Quality Lab Sprouting of grain to alter nutritional composition and flavor has been practiced for thousands of years, particularly in the Orient and the Middle East. More recently the Western health food world has taken a greater interest. In fact, annual increases of 14% for…

Interview with Matt Enns, Founder of Maker’s Malt

This interview was conducted in early May. It has been edited for clarity. Jesse Bussard, Craft Maltsters Guild (JB):  Tell me about yourself. What’s your background? Matt Enns (ME):  I grew up in small-town Saskatchewan playing sports, music, and helping on the family farm.  I went to the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) initially…

It’s Not the Malt’s Fault – Q2 Edition

By Joseph Hertrich – Retired Group Director, Brewing Raw Materials at Anheauser-Busch, Inc. Brewers have high expectations for their malt supply regarding high extract recovery and consistent attenuation.  They closely manage water to grist ratios and temperature profiles at mashing, but also must manage effective mixing through the use of a fore masher and the…

Craft maltsters persist amid decreasing malt sales

Published May 26, 2020 Craft maltsters continue to be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, show results of a second industry survey conducted by the Craft Maltsters Guild (CMG). The non-profit trade organization represents the interests of small-batch, independent maltsters across North America and beyond. The results of the first survey are available here. A total…