Austin Schumacher
Co-Founder and Business Development, TexMalt
Fort Worth, Texas
Guild Member Since 2015 



What is your personal vision for the craft malt community? 

Personally, I strive and look forward to the dignified and growing understanding of the quality and value that craft malt brings to the brewing and distilling communities alike. The value-added and much-needed cash crop for small farming families is the icing on the cake! 

Why are you interested in serving on the Guild’s Board of Directors (BOD)?

In the early days, it was just me and my business partner, Chase. Now, we have been fortunate enough to have built what we think is an awesome and inspiring team here at TexMalt and I am hopeful that I can help maintain and grow the CMG in the same way. Honestly, just being a member of the CMG over the past few years and the folks I have met along the way just makes me want to step up and go the extra mile for the benefit of our whole industry in any way that I can. 

What skills, resources, and connections do you feel you will be able to contribute to the Guild’s Board? 

As a Co-Founder in building TexMalt, I have worn many hats. Currently, I direct everything that happens post malt production. This encompasses sales and marketing, logistics, and COGS, as well as day to day customer relations. Over the past five years, I have developed a broad network of farmers, brewers, and distillers that have all in their respective ways contributed to TexMalt’s success. I am hopeful that these resources can be of use in growing and expanding the

CMG in whatever way possible. Helping to build TexMalt from the ground up and having an intimate knowledge of malt production has helped tremendously in adjusting and accelerating TexMalt’s growth in the above-mentioned areas. I aim to do the same if I am elected to the CMG BOD. 

What other long-term volunteer opportunities have you been involved in, including service on other Boards? Please list and describe: 

I have been fortunate enough to serve with a local to Fort Worth, TX non-profit organization that raises money to fight Leukemia and Lymphoma. My connections with the beverage industry have been critical over the past few years in cutting overhead costs and increasing charitable giving associated with our annual fundraising events. It has been a rewarding and exciting experience, to say the least! 

What do you hope to get out of service on the Guild’s BOD? 

If I am lucky enough to be a part of the CMG BOD, my reward would be taking action on issues currently facing the guild. Fighting for our community and helping to coordinate the Guild’s efforts as a whole is my reason for running for a position. I hope that my efforts can continue to develop appreciation and innovation with the farming, brewing, and distilling worlds for craft malt. 

What is one thing that your fellow Guild members should know about you?

I like to party and be outdoors which means I like to party outdoors! 

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