Having studied in the UK and experienced their local beers with strong provenance, we were delighted to see the craft beer revolution begin in earnest in Ireland. As growers we wanted to add value to our grain and perhaps capitalise on an emerging market. Malting allowed us to diversify into a new market but still produce a product which we knew in depth.
Though it wasn't clear to us at the time, distilling in Ireland was undergoing a huge change and in only a few years the number of distilleries has increased from four to a fantastic twenty-one with more planned. Thus another market developed for our malt and it is our aim that we can supply quality malt with an exceptional provenance to both brewers and distillers alike.
We believe we are unique in that we can work with brewers and distillers alike; from before the seed is even sown to provide a product, sown, grown, harvested, stored, cleaned, steeped, germinated, kilned, deculmed and bagged on one farm.
We aim to provide innovation in our malts by processing different grains such as wheat, oats and rye. Only small batch malting allows for this level of innovation and traceability to within the field the crop was grown and because of our size we can offer unmalted grains from even that same field to provide the potential for true single origin, even single field mixed mash bills!
We are currently working with the dept. of Agriculture to bulk the Heritage Irish malting variety 'Hunter' and hope to produce a small batch of Hunter malt early in 2019 and have further plans for other heritage varieties.