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We are Opening a Brewery & Tap Room

We are Opening a Brewery & Tap Room

After a year's worth of malting under our belt, we are going to open a small brewery at the malt house.  It has always been our goal to shine a light on malt, and in particular how agriculture plays a role in beer production.  We have a great opportunity to do this; our malt house is adjacent to our farm, and the fields in which some of our malting grains are grown are visible from the malt house.  The connection between malting and the customer is beer, hence our decision to install a brewery.  We will be brewing malt forward...

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From Ground to Glass

From Ground to Glass

In our opinion, the craft beer value chain extends from "ground to glass".  The main ingredients of beer come from the land. At Horton Ridge, it is our goal to maximize the economic value of Atlantic Canadian craft beer to our region by producing malt here.  Malt is mostly made from specific varieties of barley, and at the moment very little is grown here.  We are working with Atlantic Canadian organic farmers to change that. In the meantime we are relying on Western Canada as a source of malting barley.  Malting barley is a commodity, and it is typically bought through...

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Life After 50

Life After 50

We recently produced our 50th tonne of organic floor malt.  This represents a maturation of sorts, if you you haven't learned anything after doing something 50 different times...  The malts we have produced over our first six months have been satisfyingly consistent.  Our organic floor malts always will differ slightly from batch to batch, but within the context of our "hand made" approach, we are pleased with the results.  Having said that, we feel that the malts we will produce in the upcoming winter months may be different from those that we have produced in the summer.  We stopped malting...

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Why Organic Floor Malt?

Why Organic Floor Malt?

There are several nuances to the phrase "organic floor malt" that contribute to fulfilling the brand promise of "craft beer". Craft beer is made in an artisanal manner that distinguishes it from mass produced beer.  However, in many cases, although the malt they use has been made especially for craft brewers, it is still produced in a very conventional manner; large automated production volumes, several hundred tons at a time.  Floor malting, on the other hand is a more artisanal approach; small batch sizes tended to by a malster that uses his/her senses and a few rudimentary hand tools.  Craft...

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Finally, we are making Malt

Finally, we are making Malt

We broke ground in June 2015, and 10 months later we made our first batch of malt.  A lot has happened along the way. Our beautiful building was inspired by the malt floors of the distilleries of Scotland.  Soon we will have our cupolas in place, to complete the look.  Work is continuing on the retail space, it will be open for the Summer of 2017.  Our focus this summer is becoming comfortable and proficient at floor malting.

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