Barley, Water, and Heat: The careful craft behind estate barley malt at Vertical Malt

Most grains being farmed in the Midwest are destined, directly or not, for dinner plates across the world. Adam Wagner’s grains, however, fill pint glasses across Minnesota and North Dakota through his craft malting company, Vertical Malt. Located in Crookston, a small college/ag town on the eastern edge of the Red River Valley, Wagner works … [ Read more]

Farm to Glass: Craft maltsters add more local flavor to beer

Our long national obsession with hops is coming to a close. We’ve explored every Columbus, we’ve been showered in every Cascade, we’ve mash hopped, boil hopped, and dry hopped, and blasted our palates with bitterness. Now, trends are focusing more on beer’s opposite number. It feels as if malt is the new hops. Brewers are … [ Read more]

Lupulin Brewing’s debuting ‘Verticality’ series featuring Vertical Malt

Lupulin Brewing will be releasing the first beer in a new experimental series called “Verticality” this week. The new series will use malts from a local supplier, Vertical Malt, to create craft beers using locally grown ingredients. The craft malting company is located in the Red River Valley, near Fisher, Minnesota, and was started by Adam Wagner and his father Tim Wagner. … [ Read more]