Member Highlight: Lower Forge Brewery

“It all started kind of by accident,” admits Sean Galie, owner and operator of Lower Forge Brewing about the origins of his small brewery in Medford, New Jersey. “It began in efforts to revitalize our downtown, as we had hopes of attracting a local brewpub chain.”  With Pola Galie, Sean’s mother, being a wizard with…

Member Highlight: The Malt Academy Observes More Than A Decade Of The Growing Craft Malt Industry

By Emily Hutto, RadCraft The Malt Academy, also known as the Canadian Malting Barley Technical Centre (CMBTC), got our industry on its feet.  That’s what Jesse Bussard, the Executive Director of the Craft Maltsters Guild, says about CMBTC’s time-honored contributions to the malting barley and malt industries at large. Their training institute located in Winnipeg,…

Maany Ramanan: Innovating an Inclusive Future in Malting

By Stevi Cameron at RadCraft  Meet our 2022 Craft Malt Con Online scholarship recipients! First up, introducing Maany Ramanan. Maany Ramanan is a doctoral candidate at the University of California, Davis studying brewing and craft malting. She’s a problem-solver, a trailblazer, and a risk-taker dedicated both to malt quality and to creating a future for…

Member Highlight: Rabbit Hill Malt

Despite the endless calls they get asking for veterinary services and rabbits for sale, Rabbit Hill Malt only sells malt— and some sod too. The family farm and malting company in Shiloh, New Jersey was formerly located on Rabbit Hill Road an hour and a half north. “My grandfather lived there before he had to…

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…