Less than 18 months after it launched, Coopers' malting plant has been named the world's best, sharing the title with an operation in the Netherlands. Matt King called in to spend time with manager Dr Doug Stewart.
Another small business created to support the local craft beer industry is up and running in Ballarat. House of Malt is a small malthouse specialising in creating small batch, floor malted varieties.
Hops tend to grab most of the craft beer world's attention when it comes to beer's core ingredients, but as more maltings – big and small – open across Australia, giving brewers new malt varieties to play with, the much-loved flowers may soon be sharing a little of the limelight.
Adelaide Hills brewer Al Turnbull of Lobethal Bierhaus is nearing the end of a decade long dream. He's designed and built his own in-house malting that will him to create his own malt for brewing, becoming the first SA craft brewer to do so.
Hops tend to grab most of the glory in today's beer world, yet barley is beer's backbone. And barley is the star of one rural community's beer, a brew celebrating local Barellan farmers.
Two Metre Tall isn't the only Tasmanian brewery on a mission to create estate ales creating solely in homegrown ingredients. Van Dieman hopes to capture its farm in a beer soon too.