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.
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 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....Read More
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.
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 in the field of malting. During...Read More
During his tenure in Cargill’s malt division, he integrated processes in eight malthouses that increased production output while concurrently reducing operating costs without compromising quality. He also improved the barley steep cycle by optimizing and integrating both the drain and air rest steps simultaneously and achieved a reduction of natural gas consumption by 25% in the kilning process.
Nabil was responsible for all Anheuser Busch malt production and was recognized by them as the number one maltster for consistent, quality malt flavor among all of their malt suppliers.
During his work in the biorefining industry, he successfully designed and implemented an environmentally friendly project that resulted in zero water discharge for an ethanol production process.
In direct alignment with Montana Craft Malt’s underlying focus on both quality and environmental stewardship, Nabil is committed to the improvement of plant processes in an effort to optimize production and operation reducing costs while producing the highest quality product.
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...Read More
Chris helped grow Fargo Brewing into an award-winning brewery over the next 6 years. Looking for a new challenge, however, Chris moved on from a day to day role at Fargo Brewing and started a second company that designed and sold small scale malting equipment into the craft malting space. During this time, Chris created global connections to brewing and malting companies and delved into consulting. He met the leadership team at Montana Craft Malt while doing some consulting work and felt a role there was a great lifestyle and skills fit.
Marketing and Sales
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...Read More
Marketing and Sales
Matt also brings with him a deeply rooted passion for craft brewing and distilling that he’s been pursuing since the mid-90s.
Matt is uniquely qualified to take on this role given his professional experience in the craft malt industry, but also that which he’s gained throughout a career spanning two decades in marketing, advertising, graphic design and media, where he’s worked with brands such as Claritin, McDonald’s, Chevrolet, MGM Grand Las Vegas, and MGM Hospitality, the global development arm of MGM Resorts.
He holds advanced malting certifications from the Canadian Malting Barley Technical Centre and iFBM/Craft Maltsters Guild. He also holds a WSET-2 (Spirits, with distinction) and is a Cicerone Certified Beer Server.
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.
Located in Butte, Montana Craft Malt embraces our Western heritage, and our locale’s worthy relationship to good beer and whiskey.
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.