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March 31, 2017
Why Weren't There Seminars Like This When We Were "Suits"?!
New Year's Day 2017 will always have special meaning to us because it marks the one year anniversary of bagging our first batch of malt. What a great year it's been! Daunting at times - as anyone who is starting a business will tell you - but also very fulfilling, rewarding, and physically/mentally challenging. To think that in 2016, we bagged something like 60 TONS of malt - and are projecting to increase that by 50% this year - is amazing to us.
More important to us, though, is the quality of our product as measured on both a subjective and objective basis. Though our customers' instincts and palates are at the front line of quality control, every batch we run is analyzed by a specialty lab to ensure that the numbers are where we and our brewers need them to be. We are proud of the consistently high quality of our malt.
2016 included some additional developments that we are pleased about:
We are now selling malt directly to home brewers! This is something we have wanted to do for a long time-anything that brings friends, neighbors, and families together sounds good to us! We will mostly sell malt in 10 pound bags. Please check the SHOP for current offerings.
It has always been our vision to be an Ohio-centric business, and we are now moving towards an All-Ohio grain bill. Haus Malts has 110 acres of winter barley, wheat, and rye currently being grown for us by three Ohio farmers. The grain they supplied us this season is of superior quality and malted beautifully. We couldn't be happier to have a dedicated source of raw materials from farmers we know and trust.
Haus Malts now has a pilot system that allows us to run smaller batches of malt. This lends itself to experiment with different grains and new combinations of taste and color. We've already produced a nice Caramel 25 and rye.
We want to thank our customers and our farmers for their faith and support in us. We will always be learning and striving, but we are proud of what we achieved together in 2016.
Sincerely, Craig and Andrew
December 09, 2016
In the Bin: Rye
Some folks get excited for Santa - we're excited for Rye! Just a few more days - it looks, tastes, and smells great.
November 17, 2016
All Ohio IPA made by Market Garden Brewery, Barn Talk Hops, and Haus Malts
Craig and Andrew caught up with Mike Rockwell, the brewer at Pigskin Brewery in Columbus, to talk about all things MALT. Check it out here! Thanks for spending time with us, Mike. Pigskin's All Ohio Hefeweizen is on tap now, and it is very special. Please enjoy a pint or two, and tell them Haus Malts said so! It's that good...
In between pub crawls on Saturday, October 15, you may want to check out a Heinen's near you. They will be tapping several different beers through the day that were made especially for Cleveland Beer Week. Two of those beers were made with Haus Malts ingredients:
Yeah! It's Cleveland Beer Week! While we plan to support all of the great bars and brews in town, there are some events that we feel are must-do's.
On Friday, October 14, our friends at the newly opened Hansa Brewery are tapping "Cuyahoga Common". This is a new bier style created by brewers Corey Miller of Hansa, Steve Foreman of Great Lakes Brewing Company, and Karl Spiesman of Brick and Barrel. It uses Red Wheat from Haus Malts, Optional Smoked Malt, and Must be Wet Hopped.
Cuyahoga Common will also be on tap at Brick and Barrel in the Flats, starting at Noon on Saturday.
Also on Saturday, Great Lakes will be taking over the taps at the Winking Lizard in Lakewood. Haus Malts Helles lager will be a featured, limited run beer. Get it while you can!
We hope to see you out and about. We love supporting local craft beer, and hope you will too. Cheers!
October 12, 2016
Market Garden's Brewery "All-Ohio IPA" Features Haus Malts Barley
Our friends at Market Garden Brewery have released their All-Ohio IPA. "Brewed exclusively with Cleveland's Haus Malts and Wadsworth's Barn Talk Hops and sourced with Lake Erie water, you can't get more local than this IPA. A floral aroma and grapefruit bite lead into a dry finish." ABV 7.7%. We are honored to be part of this limited release - look for 4 packs in a Giant Eagle store near you.
October 10, 2016
Ohio Breweries Bring Home the Medal at the Great American Beer Festival
Several Ohio breweries scored very well at last week's Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colorado. This national competition, founded in 1982, is one of the most prestigious of its kind.
For more details and a complete list of winners across the country, click here.
September 17, 2016
Haus Malts Helles Now on Tap at Great Lakes Brewing
Haus Malts is honored to be featured by Great Lakes Brewing in its exclusive tap room release: Haus Malt Helles. As Great Lakes puts it: "In German, Helles means 'bright.' The Helles lager style originated in Munich, but German brewers weren't the only ones with bright ideas. For his take on this classic pale lager, Pub Brewer Steve found his inspiration in Haus Malts, Cleveland's only micro malt house. It's our way of joining historic brewing tradition with exciting hometown innovation".
FLAVOR: Light floral hop bitterness with a mild malt sweetness. Brewed with locally malted grain. Pairs with soft mild cheeses, spicy Cajun dishes, and pretzels. ABV: 5.7%. IBU: 20.
We hope you stop in and enjoy a pint or two - despite our admitted bias, it is really, really good beer. Thanks, Great Lakes - your support means a lot to us.
September 15, 2016
Welcome Hansa Brewing!
Have you heard the news - it's all over town! Hansa Brewery is OPEN in Ohio City at W. 28th and Lorain. As fun is to shop for European imports here, it will be even more fun to drink their house beers. Welcome, and best of luck to owner Boris Music and brewmaster Cory Miller. We look forward to tasting what you've developed from Haus Malt's malted wheat.
The eighth annual CLEVELAND BEER WEEK takes place from October 14-22, 2016 and features 350 keg tapping, beer sipping events throughout greater Cleveland. From special tappings, tastings and dinners to leisure activities and educational programs, there is something for everyone.
Congratulations to our friends at Lineage Brewing for being named to Beer Advocate's list of 33 of the country's Best New Breweries, Class of 2015. It's so good to see Lineage's passion and abilities recognized on this scale. Please stop in and congratulate them while enjoying <shameless plug alert> their release of Trail Day APA, a collaboration with COMBO - Central Ohio Mountain Biking Organization! Trail Day is a 5.2% ABV, 100% Citra American Pale Ale that uses pale malt from Haus Malts.
September 07, 2016
We Farm Ohio: Thomas Farms
We are sharing this vignette about Ohio farming from our friends at Maize Valley/Thomas Farms simply because we have enormous respect for the amount of resources it takes to successfully farm. They're right - farmers are some of the richest and poorest people you'd ever meet. Thanks for staying with it, even in the most challenging of times.
Per Bill Bakan: "At Maize Valley we talk about our family and our farm and what all we do. This video I think really expresses that well. And oh, Thomas's happen to be our cousin's. Mark is Donna's nephew, and he even gave me some old tractor tires for our new tire crawl we built this year".
Our friend, Bill Bakan from Maize Valley Brewery, was at Haus Malts today to witness and assist with the bagging of our first production of Newdale barley grown on the Maize Valley home farm in Hartville, Ohio. Bill captured the visit on this video. This is an especially exciting project, as Bill and his team are going to make beer from their very own grains - truly a field to glass labor of love. We're not aware of any other farm or brewery in Ohio that has accomplished this. The brewing process will be underway any day now, and we cannot wait to taste what they make. Like everything else they do (check out their website!), it is bound to be exceptional. Thanks, Bill!
September 06, 2016
Little Fish Lands Another One!
Little Fish continues to turn out great beer, the latest being "Welcome, Ivan". Thank you for incorporating Haus Malts barley as well as some malt from our friends at Rustic Brew. Per Little Fish...
Join us Wednesday at six for our tapping of "Welcome, Ivan!" This fresh-hopped saison was brewed to celebrate the birth of Baby Ivan Stockwell, born 7/29/16. Jimmy, Keely, Ivan, Alice, and the Stockwell clan will be there for the tapping.
Here is video by our friend Bill Bakan from Maize Valley. The barley shown here is from Bill's family farm in Hartville, Ohio. As you can see, the 2+ tons of barley is in the germination phase, which we turn by hand twice a day for three days until it goes into the kiln. They will be brewing this on premise at Maize Valley this Fall. We couldn't be prouder that Maize Valley is including us in this endeavor that comes straight from the heart/heartland. Thank you for your confidence in us, Bill.
August 16, 2016
Dayton Peace Accord
As reported by Rick Armon of the Akron Beacon Journal, "Dayton-area breweries have produced a Peace Accord for the upcoming Dayton Beer Week, which begins Saturday, Aug. 20. Peace Accord is a beer, as opposed to a treaty. 'The Peace Accord Pale Ale collaboration beer highlights the collegial nature of our friends in the local craft beer community,' Warped Wing co-founder Joe Waizmann said in a prepared statement.
Thirteen breweries gathered at Warped Wing late last month to create the beer, which is described as 'a golden yellow pale ale with citrusy, fruity, and earthy aromas and flavors that come from the prodigious amount of hops that were added during the boil and dry hopped at the end of fermentation.'
The brewers used as many local ingredients as possible, including malt from Haus Malts in Cleveland and locally sourced hops.
Warped Wing will tap Peace Accord at its brewery Friday. Peace Accord Pale Ale will be available on draft at bars and restaurants afterward.
In addition to Warped Wing, the participating breweries were: Carillon, Crooked Handle, Dayton, Eudora, Fifth Street, Fig Leaf, Hairless Hare, Lucky Star, Pinups & Pints, Star City, Toxic Brew and Yellow Springs.
Sincere thanks to our Dayton friends for featuring our malts in this special brew. We really appreciate it.
In honor of Cleveland hosting the Republican National Convention next week, Thirsty Dog Brewing Company has released "Unconventional Ale", a nice, easy going pale ale made with Haus Malts Newdale barley malt. [Haus Malts even got a shout out from local broadcasting legend Jim Donovan - to view, click here]. Look for Unconventional Ale in stores everywhere, while supplies last. Thanks for using our product, Thirsty Dog! We are more than flattered to have a small role in this release.
Edible Cleveland ran a story on us in their Summer, 2016 edition. William Bostwick and Laura Watilo Blake did such a nice job of capturing what it is we hoping to achieve at Haus Malts. Thank you! Check it out here.
It's been so rewarding to work with farmers to develop sources of barley here in Ohio. On October 2, 2015, we headed out to Sugar Creek Valley Farm in Smithville, Ohio (Wayne County) to witness the first planting of 2 Row Scala winter barley for Haus Malts. Jeff and Sheri Gochnauer are 5th generation farmers on this 700+ acre site (23 acres devoted to Haus Malts barley; 700 acres to wheat, corn, and soybeans). Jeff and Sheri have a sentimental reason to explore growing barley for craft beer - a small brewery once existed on the farm, and they even have the recipes for the beer. We hope we can help them replicate what her forebears enjoyed. Here is a snippet from the inaugural planting day and what followed this Spring. The grain has since been harvested, and it looks beautiful! We can't wait to use it! Thank you, Jeff and Sheri. Watch here.
Proud Malster Moment: "Haus Malts Helles" is now on tap at Great Lakes Brewing, and it is AMAZING! Our sincere thanks to Pub Brewer Steve Forman and all of our friends at Great Lakes. Your confidence in our malts means the world to us. Be sure to stop in before the pub runs dry!
We're at Brick and Barrel, enjoying a Columbus Road Collaboration Brown Ale. CRC is a labor of love between Brick and Barrel and Forest City Brewery. Haus Malts is, of course, their secret weapon. This ale is outstanding - get it while you can! We are grateful for your confidence in our malt.
Rick Armon published a very interesting article on Ohio.com about the economic impact that (regular and mass produced) beer has in Ohio and other states. Did you know that Ohio ($10.8 billion) ranks behind only California ($32.8 billion), Texas ($19.1 billion), New York ($15.5 billion) and Florida ($14 billion) in total economic impact?
Since we bagged our first batch of malt on January 1, 2016, we can't helped but reflect on the blood, sweat, and tears it took to demolish and rehab a good portion of our building's interior at 6107 Carnegie over the past several months. Never have we been so filthy, exhausted, and happy. Thanks - as always - to our friends and family for their help and support. Come visit us! In the meantime, you can feel our pain here.
You may find this article written by Karen Shubik of the Wooster Weekly News to be of interest. Eric Stockinger, an associate professor in the department of horticulture and crop science at The Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, has been a great resource to us in our efforts to source the majority of malt-quality grain from Ohio farms. Thanks, Karen. Thanks, Eric.
Jon Sicotte wrote an interesting article in The Brewer Magazine about the recent Ohio Craft Brewers Conference. It was there that Andrew Martahus (Haus Malts) and Dave Volkman of Ohio Valley Hops (Maineville, OH) led presentations about two key ingredients in beer - hops and malts - and what their local production means for the craft brewing industry in Ohio. It was a very worthwhile event, and we thank those whose efforts made it so.
Happy New Year! New Year's Day at Haus Malts was particularly momentous - we bagged our first batch of malted barley. It kilned beautifully, and netted us sixty 55 lb. bags/3,300 pounds/1.65 tons - whichever figure sounds most impressive. Of course, there's a learning curve that goes into this, but we got through it very well and are more energized than ever to make fine crafted malt. The best of everything to you in the coming year. Please continue to support your local craft brewers!