Results of the North American Craft Maltsters Guild 2023 Board of Directors elections are in. Craig Miller of Root Shoot Malting and Phil Neumann of Mainstem Malt will fill two of the board’s open Member Malthouse seats, while President Brent Manning of Riverbend Malt House and Matt Enns of Maker’s Malt are coming to the end of their terms. 

Craig Miller, Root Shoot Malting

Craig Miller, Production Manager and Account Manager at Root Shoot Malting (Guild members since 2016) has been involved with the craft beer industry on both the brewing and malting sides, and as a homebrewer. He’s currently a guest lecturer and content contributor for a Brewing Supply Chain class for Auburn University’s Brewing Science Masters program. 

“I’d like to serve on the Board in order to bring some different perspectives and to be part of an organization that values the whole idea of ‘craft’ as it pertains to small business and being part of that community,” Miller says. 

Phil Neumann, Mainstem Malt

Phil Neumann, Co-Founder & CEO of Mainstem Malt (Guild member since 2014), has long been involved on the Board of Directors and in the Guild’s volunteer working groups. He is also on the Walla Walla County Conservation District Stewardship Program work group, and in the past, he has been on the Blue Mountain Land Trust Outdoor Recreation Committee. 

“I’m motivated to spend a second term on the Board and help the Guild navigate its most impactful years to date,” Neumann explains. “Throughout agriculture and the craft beverage industry, current systems are failing to perform how the world has come to expect, and the Guild has a unique opportunity to help rebuild them in a more socially and environmentally positive way.”

These new Member Malthouse elects will serve on the Guild board of directors for three years. The Guild board is a group of individuals dedicated to holding craft malting to the highest standards, and oversees the general administration of the association’s activities and sets policy on behalf of the organization.

The Guild extends gratitude to the exiting Board of Directors President Brent Manning who has served on the board for the last decade and supported the foundation of our organization. Additionally, the Guild thanks Matt Enns of Maker’s Malt, for his past two years of service on the board and his participation in the Technical Working Group, as well as the valuable insight he has provided on the Canadian craft malting experience. Their shared stewardship of the craft malt community at large has been integral to the establishment and credibility of the local malt movement. 

Learn more about the Craft Maltsters Guild Board of Directors here