Many years ago barley and other grains were grown on New England farms.
Every village had a malthouse. Today most grain is grown and traded on the world market, and only a handful of malthouses exist in the United States. In 2009, we began malting grains in our kitchen in Hadley, Massachusetts because we wanted to make truly local beers. The process was so fun we decided to bring the malthouse back.
We started Valley Malt in 2010, with the support of farmers and brewers in our area. For the first time in many decades, barley is being grown in organic fields, helping to build healthy soil. Valley Malt now offers base malts for local brewers and is bringing an innovative twist to many traditional malts. Being a micro-malthouse has its advantages. We can offer unique malts that are made from heirloom or gluten-free grains, smoked with native woods, and roasted fresh to order.
OUR GUARANTEE TO YOU
> Our malts are handled and hand crafted by people who care, from seed to bag.
> Every batch of our malt comes from a single origin, one farm, one field.
> We personally know every farmer that grows our grain.
When Mother Nature Speaks, it can be easy to ignore the whispers of Mother Nature; gentle breezes on sunny days or even misty mornings followed by an overcast sky. Here in the Pioneer Valley we seemed to have had what seems like a very mild summer with very few hot, oppressive days. For a farmer and maltster these whispers of mother nature are music to our ears. They mean that our crops were not being subjected to harsh conditions which will negatively affect our crops.
I started home brewing in 2005 and have been brewing organic beers since 2007. I have been a Malt of the Month member since 2012. For the last seven years Seven Bridges Cooperative in California sponsored the National Organic Homebrew Challenge and this year I entered 3 beers and won 3 awards. I won first place for a Classic American Pilsner and a Kolsch and third place for a German Pilsner.