Rahr Malting Co., a family-owned and -operated malt house founded in 1847, announced today the completion of a new 20,000-square-foot pilot brewery and technical center, which will be fully operational this spring.
The new facility will provide the Shakopee-based malting company the ability to test their products in a real-world brewing environment to see how they perform. Krech, O’Brien, Mueller & Associates, Inc. and MEP consultant Emanuelson-Podas led the design of the facility, which features a first-floor pilot brewing and micro-malting center and a second-floor expanded malt quality control lab.
“We were excited to be a partner on this project,” says Brady Mueller, principal architect at KOMA. “Malting and brewing is an industry that we really enjoy working in. Projects like this one require architects, engineers and designers to collaborate and focus on the function of the space, and its capacity to allow production to be accurate and efficient—this is where we feel we provide the most value to our customers.”
Rahr Malting is also in the midst of adding a 115,000-square-foot malt house that will increase the company’s production by 70,000 metric tons of malt, for a total annual production of 460,000 metric tons—enough malt to brew 6 billion bottles of the average craft beer. The expansion will make Rahr Malting the largest single-site malting facility in the world.