Riverbend Malt with Brent Manning – BeerSmith Podcast #244

Brent Manning joins me this week from Riverbend Malt to discuss his experience with Craft Malting in North Carolina for the last 10 years.

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Topics in This Week’s Episode (41:29)

  • This week I welcome Brent Manning, co-founder of Riverbend Malt House located near Asheville, NC. Brent spent a decade as an environmental consultant before co-founding Riverbend Malt House in North Carolina 10 years ago. Brent is also a certified Cicerone.
  • We start with a discussion of how Brent and his co-founder decided to enter craft malting 10 years ago with virtually no experience in malting.
  • We discuss his first malthouse (1.0) and how they initially floor malted in small batches.
  • We talk about his experience with brewers and how the craft beer explosion near Ashveille helped propel the business.
  • Brent tells us about his expansion to malt house 2.0, still floor malted, and explains a bit about the malting process.
  • We discuss barley varieties, and their eventual expansion into malt house 3.0 which is a very large operation.
  • Brent explains how he’s collaborated with universities and growers to work with new barley varieties.
  • We discuss the growth in craft lager beers and how that has also driven his malting.
  • Brent tells us about the upcoming hybrid 2022 Craft Malting Conference
  • He shares some lessons learned from his 10 years in Craft Malting.
  • We discuss where to find his malts and also his closing thoughts.


Thanks to Brent Manning for appearing on the show and also to you for listening!
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