Montana Craft Malt to Improve Malt Supply for Craft Brewing
BUTTE, Montana: A local team of investors has organized to build a 10,000 ton malting facility in Montana that will serve the craft brewing industry with diverse varieties of malt produced exclusively from Montana-grown barley.“Montana has arguably the best growing environment in the world for barley — a wealth of sophisticated growers, strong logistics infrastructure, and abundant quality water supply – it’s sort of nirvana, really. The coming together of all these things positions us very well to satisfy the diverse needs of the booming craft brewing industry, in Montana and beyond,” said local businessman Ron Ueland, President of the venture Montana Craft Malt.
The craft brewing industry has been growing at breakneck speed in the last 10 years, and the result is a need for high quality, specialized malts in order to deliver the sugars for fermentation in the brewing process, as well as provide additional flavor to make each beer variety a favorable craft product. Having access to multiple varieties of malt whiskey for brewers looking to differentiate their brews.
The malt plant will be specifically designed to produce smaller batches of specialty malts for craft brewing customers.The plant will allow for batch flexibility and versatility, unlike the large batch, production-centered approach of the macro-maltsters. The malthouse can be expanded or replicated in the future, should the demand for craft malt continue to grow beyond the 10,000 tons per the specifications of the initial design.
Per Dustin de Yong of the Montana Department of Commerce, “Montana’s craft brewers and distillers have been nationally recognized for their excellence. Likewise, Montana grains are known as some of the best on the continent.A feasibility study conducted by our office at the request of Department of Agriculture Director, Ron de Yong, was published in 2014 and played a major role in bringing this opportunity to fruition. Mr. Ueland’s knowledge and history of success in the agricultural industry will help to deliver a product unmatched and unavailable in the marketplace today. We are very excited to see this development realized and in the hands of a capable Montanan.”
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