October 11, 2013

Riverbend Malt House Announces Expansion, GABF Collaboration Beer

Asheville's Riverbend Malt House is in the middle of several exciting projects, including a major expansion and R&D with the North Carolina agricultural extension office. Plus, tonight in Denver, New Belgium and Wicked Weed will unveil a small batch collaboration beer made with Riverbend malt -- a Brett IPA brewed with experimental hops, German spelt, and Riverbend's Appalachian wheat.

Here's some more information about the collaboration and the release event:

In September, we sent a shipment of our Appalachian Wheat malt out to Fort Collins, where Luke and Walt of Wicked Weed helped the crew at New Belgium craft a special brew to be served during the Great American Beer Festival this week in Denver. 
The beer, a Brett IPA, was described by Walt as an “ancestry ale.” On the hops side of the equation, they used a bittering hop called Warrior, combined with a derivative experimental hop known only as “633”. For yeast, they use the classic Fat Tire ale strain, combined with a proprietary Brettanomyces strain. In the grain bill, they started with German spelt, an ancient ancestor of wheat, then brought it home with the Riverbend Appalachian Wheat. 
The Appalachian Wheat malt utilizes a new variety of hard red wheat called NuEast, which was developed for the artisan bread industry. Hickory Meadows Organics, a family-run farm near Raleigh, N.C, grew this variety in small quantities. In fact, we purchased every bushel they harvested this year!  
They only brewed about 7 barrels of this Brett IPA, with about half of it to be served tonight, Friday, Oct. 11th at 9pm, at a GABF after party event at the Hi-Dive. The Yawpers, a Colorado rock band will be playing, plus it’s a free show for GABF ticket holders. 
A few kegs of the Brett IPA should make it to Asheville later in the year. Stay tuned -- we’ll let you know when and where.

I'm happy to announce that over the next 3-4 months, I'll be helping Riverbend Malt House with both marketing and malt production, meaning I will assist with press releases, blogging, and social media, and also get into the malt house to help produce sustainable, high quality artisanal malt. It's pretty incredible that over a year ago I wrote about Riverbend, and now here I am in Asheville working with them. Needless to say, I'm pumped!

Stay tuned for more updates from Asheville, NC, and feel free to contact me about anything pertaining to Riverbend Malt House!

There's going to be a lot more of this in our future...

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