The Craft Maltsters Guild Board of Directors is a group of individuals dedicated to holding craft malting to the highest standards. The members of the board of directors are elected by the members of the Guild. The directors are responsible for the general administration of the association’s activities and for creating policy on behalf of the Guild.
Current Board of Directors
President: Brent Manning, Riverbend Malt House
Brent Manning co-founded Riverbend Malt House in Asheville, NC in 2011. He currently serves as head of research and development for Riverbend. focusing on connecting with local grain producers to bring a mix of heirloom and newly developed varieties to the craft beer and spirits producers across the South. In 2013, he co-founded the North American Craft Maltsters Guild and has served as President of the Board of Directors since 2017. He enjoys fly fishing, cycling, and spending Friday evenings at one of Asheville’s many breweries.
Vice President: Hillary Barile, Rabbit Hill Farms
Hillary Barile is a 5th generation farmer and head maltster for Rabbit Hill Farms and Malthouse, a producer of NJ grown ingredients for craft brewers and distillers. The family farm also grows sod and commodity grains on the 585 acres in southern NJ. Along with her brother, Hillary initiated the farm’s transition from vegetable farming to the production of malting barley with the construction of their craft malthouse in 2016. Since then, Rabbit Hill has focused on the production of base malts in their 1-ton floor malting facility with the goal of helping brewers and distillers explore what contribution grains can have to develop a regional flavor. As a former student of Environmental Chemistry and Farmland Conservation Planner, Hillary is particularly interested in finding strategies to build more environmentally and economically sustainable farm systems – starting with her own land. She lives on the farm with her husband and two sons.
Treasurer: Jeff Malkiewicz, Great Lakes Malting Co.
Jeff co-founded Great Lakes Malting Company back in 2016. His mission is to support the Midwest’s small grains industry and produce the finest quality malts for breweries and distilleries. As a member of the Craft Maltsters Guild board of directors, Jeff’s goal is to oversee the continued growth in membership and support quality and technical assistance initiatives. He resides with his wife and two dogs in Traverse City, Michigan, and enjoys hiking and spending time on Lake Michigan.
Secretary: Curtis Davenport, Admiral Maltings
Curtis Davenport co-founded Admiral Maltings in 2017 with Ron Silberstein and Dave McLean and is Admiral’s Head Maltster. Prior to opening Admiral, Curtis grew organic fruits, vegetables, barley, and wheat in Santa Barbara County, CA. Curtis began floor malting inside a converted shipping container in 2013 and has been a member of the Craft Maltster’s Guild ever since. Curtis and his wife, Maddie, live in Oakland, where they like to ride bikes, make wine, and eat pizza with friends.
Matt Enns, Maker’s Malt
Matt was born into a 3rd generation mixed farm in the Sask Valley near Rosthern, Saskatchewan. Often told by his father he was “not a farmer”, Matt attended post-secondary and was a Division 1 student/athlete at the University of Saskatchewan graduating in 2004. Now a recovering professional, Matt was a Physical Therapist for 12 years in the nearby city of Saskatoon, all the while retaining a connection to the farm working with his Dad’s grain operation. Matt bought into the farm in 2010 and in late 2017 Maker’s Malt produced its first batch of craft malt. Matt currently resides 3 blocks from the malt-house in the small town of Rosthern alongside his wife Katie and boys Harrison and Jack.
Dan Galvagni, Root Shoot Malting
Dan joined the Board in 2019 following his work with Root Shoot starting in 2017. Dan’s first involvement with craft beer was in 1994 when he worked for Old Saddleback Brewing Co in his hometown of Pittsfield, MA. Over the years, Dan has continued to gain great regard for the brewing industry, as well as becoming an avid homebrewer along the way. Since moving to Colorado back in 2004 he has seen craft beer grow to the thriving industry that it is today. When not at work, Dan can be found with his wife, Melissa, and son, Conor, enjoying all of what Colorado has to offer. Whether it’s hiking trails, climbing mountains, or taking advantage of a fresh powder day, Dan and his family love getting outdoors as often as possible.
Ryan Hamilton, Michigan State University
Ryan Hamilton is a member of the Small Grains for Brewing & Distilling Research Team and Research Assistant in the Field Crops Pathology Lab at Michigan State University. His mission is to promote and improve small grain economies through research and advocacy. As a pioneer of craft malting in Michigan, founder of the Michigan Barley Association, and the 2020 Soles of Malt Award recipient, he believes that empowering farmers is the key to establishing equitable agricultural value chains.
Phil Neumann, Mainstem Malt
The Guild community met Phil Neumann back in late-2014 when his career in natural resources took a turn toward craft malt. Steeped in a lifelong love of agriculture, his idea was to use a malt house as a novel tool for landscape-scale conservation, connecting family farms to brewers and distillers who value their conservation ethic. Mainstem Malt was born in 2015. Phil, his partner Alyssa, and a blue heeler named Stuart are happy to call Walla Walla, Washington their home. It’s pretty much paradise for grain nerds. When they’re not busy with food systems work, they enjoy a mix of outdoor sports, cooking, gardening, music, and relaxing with friends over the region’s never-ending stream of craft beer and spirits. Their door is always open.
Jason Parker, Copperworks Distilling Co.
Jason Parker is Co-Owner and President of Copperworks Distilling Company, a craft distillery located on the downtown Seattle waterfront. Jason began his career in the alcohol industry in 1989 helping open iconic craft brewers in the Seattle area, including Pike Place Brewery, Fish Brewing, and Pyramid Breweries. Copperworks was launched in 2013 with co-owner, Micah Nutt (a long-time homebrewing friend), to explore the flavor possibilities of brewing a high-quality malt-based craft beer (without hops) then distilling that into fine spirits. Besides barley-based beverages, Jason enjoys playing bluegrass mandolin, hiking, and traveling with his girlfriend, and rock climbing.
Branch Rothschild, Allagash Brewing Co.
Branch joined the board in 2021. He’s been a brewer at Allagash in Portland, Maine for the last 12 years, currently as the brewhouse manager and leading their initiatives toward greater use of locally grown and processed grain. Before Allagash, he expressed his passion for grain and yeast in a different form, working as a baker in St. Louis and Portland while homebrewing on the side. When not at work, Branch likes to get out on the water in Casco Bay or toss the baseball around with his sandlot team.
Hannah Turner, Montana State University
Hannah Turner has been involved in plant science research for the past decade, receiving both bachelor’s and Masters’s distinctions, and has acted as Director of the Montana State University Barley, Malt & Brewing Quality Lab since 2016. Hannah’s research career began with the investigation of the pathways leading to starch production in plants while her current role revolves around malting and making grain starch accessible for the brewing and distilling process. MSU’s Barley, Malt & Brewing Quality Lab performs both research and service, providing data for the Universities’ Barley Breeding Program and industry members across the barley value network. Research focuses include innovative projects such as improved barley for craft malting, barley and malt flavor, and improved throughput analysis for breeding program selection. Hannah works closely with the American Society of Brewing Chemist’s Technical Committee, leading the Malt Subcommittee which works to develop and streamline methodologies for malt quality analysis. Hannah also serves as chair for the Guild’s Technical Committee, which develops educational and practical tools for the industry. When not in the lab, Hannah spends time enjoying Montana with her husband and three-year-old.
James Weed, Solstice Malt
After only a few months of homebrewing, James Weed came home from an all-grain brewing demonstration asking the question, “Where does malt come from?” It didn’t take long before he became determined to open a malthouse of his own–the first in Utah since the 1960s. After four long years of research, collecting vintage equipment in his driveway, and building a malt house from the ground up, James transitioned from working in the world of finance to running Solstice Malt full time. He is primarily motivated by the desire to connect local farmers with consumers here in Utah as a way to support the local economy. When not tending to the malt, James enjoys spending time with his wife and three daughters.
Jesse Bussard, Executive Director
Jesse Bussard is the Executive Director of the Craft Maltsters Guild. Previous to her work with the Guild, Jesse wrote about craft beer, agriculture, and conservation-related topics for over a decade. Additionally, she has co-founded and organized some of Montana’s best craft beer events. Jesse is also a member of the Montana Chapter of Pink Boots Society and the North American Guild of Beer Writers. Outside of work, Jesse enjoys spending time with her Boxer dog, Budro, fly fishing, hiking, and exploring the many rivers and backcountry hangouts of Montana, where she currently calls home.