Who We Are
Maker’s Malts was formed by a small collective of farmers who have decades of experience growing high quality malt barley. The concept of doing a start-up craft malting operation was born out of the success of the recent Craft Beer movement. We saw a disconnect between the needs of the local Craft Brewer/Distiller and the typical source of their malt supply. The typical malt source is a large multinational company. They source grain from many farmers (with considerable agronomic differences) blend it and malt it to meet a standard acceptable to the large corporate brewers that are their main customers. Maker’s Malts only target audience is the Craft Brewer/Distiller and we are dedicated to producing malt specific to your needs.
The technology we have employed to ensure our core concepts are met is cutting-edge, but the philosophical ideals also have roots in the past. It harkens back to the day when grain was grown and then processed locally by another small business. Wheat was harvested, ground to flour, baked to bread and consumed locally. Barley was grown on small farms, malted and brewed and enjoyed never having traveled more than a few miles. There has been a shift back from the massive consolidation of the previous decades to this local approach that we stand behind. Our unique vertical integration (growing and malting) allows us full control of the process and incentivizes Maker’s Malts to grow for quality over quantity. We believe that craft malting is a natural extension of the craft beer/distilling and the local food movements and that our core values are aligned.