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Our Values, Your Craft

For too long, dedicated brewers have not had a seat at the table when it comes to sourcing quality malts. It’s been the ‘big boys’ who have controlled the process, and in turn limited the real potential of craft brewing.

Montana Craft Malt strives to change all that, through a more personal, more local-focused approach. We value the art and science of craft beer; we embrace tradition while we encourage creativity; we believe in traceability, truth, and transparency — from farm to keg, and seed to bottle.

Only through innovative thinking will the new flavor and shape of the craft beer movement come to fruition. The time for a fresh approach to the sourcing and production of exceptional malts is now, and Montana Craft Malt strives to deliver a new and better paradigm. 

 

 

 

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Our Team

An expertly-designed and built production and research facility, while a key differentiator, is only one part of the equation.

Our true potential as an innovator and problem-solver in the craft malt space is only fully realized when the tools we have are leveraged to their greatest potential by industry professionals with the combination of skills and experience to bring something truly special to fruition.

Jen O'Brien
President

Jen is a brand strategist, having experience guiding large brand names to establish and manage brand positions across technology, healthcare, and professional services industries. Previously, Jennifer spent almost ten years at Google as a leader in global sales operations and business development... See more

Nabil Kasti
Plant Director

Nabil heads-up malting operations for Montana Craft Malt. 
With undergraduate and master’s degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Baghdad, Iraq, and the University of Dayton, Ohio, Nabil brings his expertise in different chemical, biochemical and nuclear processes as well as vast experience... See more

Chris Anderson
Business Development

Chris comes to MCM from the brewing and malting world to head-up business development efforts including international distribution and strategic partnerships. He started his career as a research biologist in the Pacific Northwest where he fell in love with craft beer and the art and science... See more

Matt Drew
Sales and Marketing

Washington State native Matt Drew heads up marketing and sales for Montana Craft Malt. Prior to joining the MCM team, he produced delicious, quality malt designed for all-malt distilling as the Maltster for Bently Heritage Estate Distillery in Minden, NV. 
Matt also brings with him a deeply rooted passion... See more

Our Malthouse

Located just west of the historic mining town of Butte, America, Montana Craft Malt is rooted in tradition. From the more heady days of Prohibition to today's craft beverages movement, Butte's proximity to exceptional Montana-grown ingredients has long provided adult beverage enthusiasts with a multitude of delicious options. 

But great beer requires great malt, so we built our 12,000-ton malthouse just a short distance from Butte's world-famous Uptown District, where we can take full advantage of direct access to the massive barley fields to the north. 

Boasting more than 50 tanks, our malthouse focuses on specialty and exclusive varieties while also providing the flexibility and agility to produce the small batches innovative brewers desire. We maintain independent batch data so brewmasters — and their customers — exactly where their ingredients originated.

The malthouse also serves as headquarters for our Innovation and Research Center. The center is a test kitchen and extended science center working in conjunction with Montana State University's Malt Quality Lab. The center invites brewers to learn about, sample, and experiment with a variety of malts, giving them the opportunity to take their craft to the next level. 

 
 

Why Montana?

 

Take a drive on any of Montana's scenic highways and, before long, you're going to rumble across a set of railroad tracks. At stops from Butte to Baker, towering grain elevators loom above small towns and rambling cities. These stately structures tell the story of Montana's history as the world's foremost producer of barley and wheat. 

Today, Montana maintains its heritage as one of the best climates on the planet for growing barley. Montana sees minimal crop disease, and benefits from the pristine aquifers that find their sources in the Rocky Mountains. OUr producers are employing sophisticated techniques — with help from experts from Montana State University's Barley Breeding Program — to innovate and expand their farming operations.

And what does all that mean for the beer enthusiast? Our engaged brewer network is pushing the proverbial pint forward in offering some of the most nuanced and refreshing beers you'll find anywhere.