Sustainability and Local Malt
The foundation for all craft beer begins at the hands of our farmers. Since we opened our doors in 2015, we have been using local ingredients whenever we can find high-quality, reliable sources. We recognize the need for sustainable practices through conscientious brewing, and supporting the growth of our economy and community by sourcing the highest quality, local ingredients. Our goal is to gradually switch to 100% local malt and continue to innovate while staying true to our sustainability efforts.
We are fortunate to have a local malt house in Durham, NC owned and operated by our good friends at Epiphany Craft Malt. Every step of the malting process, from seed cleaning to steeping to roasting, takes place in their 7,500 square foot warehouse. Their mission is to “provide brewers and distillers with a consistent, quality product, while building resilience into parts that make the plow to pint approach a reality.” They are also one of the first craft maltsters to install a roaster, which allows them to produce custom specialty malts to our specifications. By partnering with Epiphany Craft Malt we are able to support another local business, focus on our sustainability practices, and most importantly, craft beer that is both consistent and innovative.
Epiphany Craft Malt is currently providing us with over 2 tons of malt per week, which will allow us to keep over $150,000 a year circulating in our local economy. And that is just the beginning. From donating our spent grain to local farmers, to recycling our hot water to be used in the next brewing cycle; being a small, independent brewery allows us the freedom to experiment with our practices and our recipes to continually increase our sustainability efforts.