The State of Maine, Craft Malt Edition

By Emily Hutto, RadCraft A history lesson on The Pine Tree State reveals that Maine’s soil was once predominantly dedicated to potato production. With crop rotation came barley, both for animal feed and for malting.  That evolution to barley from potatoes is how Maine Malt House in Mapleton got started, too. Four brothers, the Bucks…

Member Highlight: Home Base Spirits

Home Base Spirits is a women-owned, sustainable business operated by a dynamic duo. Behind the scenes are sisters— twins in fact— Alexandra and Samantha Blatteis. Since their launch in 2015, they have been celebrating local ingredients, agriculture, and the unique process behind every one of their spirits. Alexandra and Samantha Blatteis were born and raised…

Mainstem Malt Promotes Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Through Crowdfunding

Mainstem Malt continues to set the bar high as a craft malt industry role model and powerful voice for sustainability, diversity, and the greater good. The malting company was founded by Phil Neumann and Alyssa Martinez Neumann with the intent to build innovative malt supply chains that were transparent, increasingly sustainable, and supportive of the…

Field to Bench: An Introduction to North America’s Malt Testing Labs

By Meghan Howes, Contributing Writer for RadCraft The malts finding their way into mash tuns these days vary widely. And more often than not, those barley kernels were coaxed and coddled from the second they hit the dirt until they found themselves packaged and headed out.  In 2013, five craft maltsters were operating in the…