For too long, craft brewers and distillers have been denied a seat at the table in terms of sourcing quality malts, due to a supply chain controlled by corporate brewing conglomerates focused on yield over flavor – which has subsequently limited the true potential of craft producers.

So now we – along with our craft brewing and distilling collaborators – are stirring things up. With an engaged, personal approach focused on partnership, our mission is to give craft producers more of a voice (and more choice) in the development of new products and flavors. Whether a startup entrepreneur or an industry leader, our aim is to work with those who both appreciate tradition and embrace innovation.

Herein lies the freshest approach to exceptional malts.

Our aim is to work with those who both appreciate tradition and embrace innovation.

Malt Makers

When the sun comes up over the Big Snowy, we’re already hard at work: on a constant mission to help craft more flavorful beer, spirits and foods.

Our people have big ideas and a bold vision to transform the craft malt business. We’re curious minds and tenacious problem-solvers, intent on doing good business with good people. Steeped in skills and experience, our team shares an unapologetic ambition to create and share the world’s best malts.

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....

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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.

Prior to Google, Jennifer was a business analyst at The Washington Post. Jennifer has an accounting degree with a marketing emphasis from the University of Washington in Seattle.

As a proud Montana native with a deeply rooted affinity for Montana agriculture, Jen is driven to carry on the legacy of her father and MCM Founder, Ron Ueland, working tirelessly to grow its quality reputation both domestically, as well as on the international stage.
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Trent Tokos

Vice President of Sales

Trent Tokos

Trent comes to MCM after 17 years at Craft Brew Alliance and 6 years at adidas. He wore many hats throughout his time at CBA, including Widmer Brothers and Kona Brand Manager, Director of Field Marketing, and most recently Senior Director of...

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Trent Tokos

Vice President of Sales

Trent Tokos
Trent comes to MCM after 17 years at Craft Brew Alliance and 6 years at adidas.
He wore many hats throughout his time at CBA, including Widmer Brothers and Kona Brand Manager, Director of Field Marketing, and most recently Senior Director of Sales for the NW region.

Trent led the roll out of Kona Brewing Co. to the mainland US and was a part of the major rebrand that led Kona to be a top 10 craft beer brand in the US. He also led CBA's most prominent sports and entertainment partnerships including Kona/Jack Johnson, Widmer Brothers/Portland Timbers, and Redhook/UW Huskies.

He's excited to be a part of the MCM team and lend his expertise toward our aspirations of shaking up the Malt industry!
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Gunnar Brekke

Plant Manager

Gunnar assumed his role as Montana Craft Malt's plant manager in August of 2021. Born in Helena, MT, Gunnar comes from a family of construction and was raised to accomplish anything put his way. He attended college in Bozeman, MT and was...

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Gunnar Brekke

Plant Manager

Gunnar assumed his role as Montana Craft Malt's plant manager in August of 2021. Born in Helena, MT, Gunnar comes from a family of construction and was raised to accomplish anything put his way. He attended college in Bozeman, MT and was a member of the Montana State football team from 2013 till 2016.

Soon after graduating with a Bachelor's degree in finance from MSU in 2016, Gunnar started work for Dick Anderson Construction as a Project Engineer. Gunnar led the assembly of MCM's facility in September of 2018 until March of 2020. Impressed by his critical thinking skills, ability to execute, and natural leadership qualities, MCM asked Gunnar to come aboard and run the facility that he so thoughtfully built in 2021. Gunnar oversees the health of our facility, safety of our people, and all plant operations.
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Where the Magic Happens

From saloons that quenched the silver mining era to our rebellious relationship to Prohibition and early embrace of the independent craft beverage movement, Montanans have always enjoyed a great life with a great drink.

Our state-of-the-art facility produces 10,000 tonnes of malt annually, with the capacity for full production scale as well as small batch trials. Spanning more than 50,000 sq. ft. on nine acres, we are strategically positioned at the intersection of two interstate highways and a railway spur, assuring the supply chain from our growers through to our customers.

We have the scale and flexibility to produce the small batches innovative producers desire, while assuring a consistent and ready supply of staple products.

And our forward-thinking spirit is built right into our facility in our Innovation and Resource Center, which, in conjunction with the Montana State University Barley and Malt Quality Lab, serves as a precision test kitchen for customers and collaborators to work with us to coax new malt flavors from premium quality grain.

 

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Located in Butte, Montana Craft Malt embraces our Western heritage, and our locale’s worthy relationship to good beer and whiskey.

Why Montana?

Today, Montana maintains its heritage as being among 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 growers employ sophisticated techniques – with the help of experts from Montana State University’s Barley Breeding Program – to innovate and expand their farming operations.

And what does all that mean for beer and spirits enthusiasts? Our engaged brewer and distiller network is pushing the proverbial pint forward in offering some of the most nuanced and refreshing concoctions you’ll find anywhere around here.

from butte to billings, 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.