Blacklands Malt is the first malthouse in Texas in modern history.
Prior to our founding in 2012, no barley, wheat, or rye was grown and malted in Texas for use in beer and spirits.
Since that time our founder has been the driving force behind the revitalization of Texas-grown malting barley statewide, providing brewers with access to local malt for the first time in Texas history.
We are happy to see that the industry continues to grow in the trail we have blazed. Our privately funded research with Texas A&M started in 2012 and has grown into a much larger statewide effort with public access to the data.
Our hope is that this data empowers farmers to pursue barley production as a viable and rewarding crop alternative, in turn creating a robust supply chain for Texas-grown barley.
To enrich our community through local manufacturing and authentic products and connect people to their land through agriculture and alcoholic beverages.
Hard Work We do not shy from self sacrifice to get our work done.
Attention to Details We achieve unequaled excellence and consistency by obsessing over the details.
Dedication We are a loyal team that relies on every member to perform their work reliably and with commitment.
Integrity We do "The Right Thing" by being honest, transparent, and open with our team, customers, and community about our work.
Professionalism We are conscientious, thorough, and approach work with respect.
That single question, and the journey to answer it, was the genesis of Blacklands Malt.
Back in February 2012 Brandon Ade woke up with an idea. Actually, he woke up with a funny word in his head "Wunderbarley" (an amalgamation of the German word for wonderful and barley). Not before long the question finally struck him: does barley grow in Texas?
There has been so much focus on the "beer side" of the craft beer industry since the beginning that few have given any thought to the supply chain side of beer. And who's to blame? Craft beer is driven by passionate folks creating incredible experiences through liquids while at the same time revitalizing manufacturing across the country.
Some research of the USDA ARS database in 2012 quickly answered the question: no cereal grains (barley, wheat, oats, rye) of any sort were grown and malted here in Texas for brewing. Why weren't malting grains grown locally in Texas? Why do brewers ship malt thousands of miles overseas? Who even makes malt and where do they malt it?!
And so began what quickly became our obsession with answering these questions. That obsession with finding out the "truth" about malt would quickly spiral into what has now become our life's work. Three months after that fateful Thursday morning in February 2012, when "Wunderbarley" popped into Brandon's head, we founded Blacklands Malt, LLC with the intention of changing the landscape of local malt production. From starting out with Texas having no ties to barley in 2012, to discovering farmers in West Texas growing barley for feed, to collaborating with Texas A&M University on barley trials, and finally realizing our dream of 100% Texas grown barley malt in 2016, it has certainly been an amazing roller coaster ride of discoveries and learning.
Our mission is to take the good sense of sustainable local food production and bring agricultural back to a local level. Why ship malt overseas, adding to transportation costs and environmental impact, when barley can be grown and malted right here in Texas? 150 years ago every brewery malted their own locally sourced grains. In the years since, the drive to maximize profits, increase yields, and squeeze every penny out of crops has given way to massive conglomerations of grain producers and maltsters who have taken away the local production of foodstuffs and disconnected consumers from their natural ties with agriculture and food sources.
And so our crazy journey continues, to keep serving our local communities with malt from our small malthouse. Join us as we enjoy beer, spirits, and foods made from 100% Texas-grown malt. We hope you will stick around to learn more about malting, get energized about local food production, and support our work to provide local Texas products. So, who's thirsty?