Asheville, NC – Riverbend Malt House and The Biltmore Company today announced a craft beer and malt collaboration under which Biltmore will provide Biltmore Estate grown grain for Riverbend to malt as a primary ingredient in Biltmore’s “Cedric’s” line of craft beers.
Biltmore planted 10 acres of two- and six-row barley last fall on the estate as a pilot research project and independent testing has now confirmed that high quality malting grain can be grown. Earlier this year, Biltmore’s Cedric’s Pale Ale and Cedric’s Brown Ale craft beers were reintroduced featuring craft malt produced by Riverbend Malt House.
“We are thrilled to have Riverbend’s malt being used by the prestigious Biltmore Company and we look forward to malting Biltmore grown grain,” stated Brent Manning, Riverbend Founder/Head Maltster. “A key element of Riverbend’s mission is to work with local farmers, and we can’t get much more local than the Biltmore Estate.”
“Biltmore’s focus on sustainable agriculture gives us a strong interest in experimenting with locally sourced ingredients for the craft beers and wines we produce. The high quality malt provided by Riverbend has enhanced our craft beer offering,” remarked Jerry Douglas, president of Biltmore Wine Company. “We are excited by the prospect of estate grown barley being used for the first time as an ingredient in Riverbend’s malt for our Cedric’s line of beer, nodding to the estate’s agricultural roots and creating a unique beverage offering for our guests.”
About Riverbend Malt House
Riverbend Malt House, founded in 2010 and headquartered in Asheville, NC, is one of the original craft malting facilities in the US. Utilizing grain sourced from local farmers, Riverbend malt fuels high quality, unique beverages produced by over 120 of North America’s finest craft breweries and distilleries. www.riverbendmalt.com