Bestmalz Malts with Dr Axel Goehler- BeerSmith Podcast #267

by Brad Smith on October 7, 2022 · 0 comments

Dr Axel Goehler, the CEO of Bestmalz joins me this week to discuss malts and Craft brewing.

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Topics in This Week’s Episode (44:46)

  • This week I welcome Dr Axel Goehler, the CEO of Bestmalz. Bestmalz is one of the largest malt houses in Germany where the produce a broad range of malts for beer brewing.
  • We start with a discussion of Axel’s background in business and also his re-entry into the family business of malting.
  • We talk about the expansion of Bestmalz he has overseen into some 85 countries worldwide, as well as some of the challenges they faced entering new markets.
  • Axel explains some of the new innovations they have brought to malting in Germany starting with their air-stream technology which can reduce tannins in beer.
  • We talk about how Bestmalz is different from other malt houses.
  • Axel talks about their efforts to get heirloom barley grown and how they have been able to introduce some new barley varieties.
  • We discuss the challenges in bringing a new or old barley variety to production.
  • He talks about the Craft beer market and some of the challenges from COVID and now the ongoing energy crisis in Europe.
  • We discuss how Bestmalz is adapting to these challenges.
  • We finish with a discussion of the family nature of his business which was founded by his Grandfather some 120 years ago.


Thanks to Axel Goehler for appearing on the show and also to you for listening!
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