There’s something about that fresh dusting of a mill, that rich breakfast oatmeal aroma that evokes passion among professionals and nostalgia among homebrewers and bakery goers. There’s just something about a beer brewed with fresh malt—it’s better.
To Mill Fresh is to choose ingredients, specifically malt, intentionally to shorten and strengthen the supply chain that supports your beer and spirits, and to choose flavor accordingly.
To Mill Fresh is to choose the malt less traveled.
As a specialty malt house, Murphy & Rude Malting is committed to providing a diversity of specialty malts to craft breweries and distilleries as transparently, thoughtfully, and fresh, as possible.
There are thousands of chemical compounds associated with flavor. Malts, particularly highly kilned and roasted malts, contain flavor compounds that increase in volatility as kiln or roaster temperature - and the time at those temperatures - increases. This volatility results in flavor loss when malts are stored improperly or for too long. Malts shipped from halfway around the country - or the world - are inherently prone to flavor loss.
We don't subscribe to the belief that "local" inherently means "better." To us, it means knowing our customers and our customers knowing us; selecting our raw grains by sight, touch, and direct interaction with our growers; celebrating the opportunities our small scale provides, like traceability, creative experimentation, customization; and the ability to control our production schedule to maximize quality.
While distance alone makes it worth considering a shorter supply chain, it's up to you to define what fresh means. That's all we're asking craft producers to do. Have you considered whether your ingredients are fresh? Have you compared what you are using to a product made closer to you? Are you sourcing ingredients based on habit or choice? Conscious sourcing can single-handedly disrupt the craft beer and spirits business and de-commoditize what we consider Craft.
Choose the malt less traveled.
MILL FRESH SPOTLIGHT
Every one of our products is produced with freshness in mind, so we think each one deserves a little time in the spotlight. Visit this page often to discover what inspires us to keep making the freshest malt possible.
Currently holding down our special release section, malted Yellow Corn (Non-GMO) and Rolled Oats are two of our newer products adding diversity, unique flavors, and style utility to our catalog. Hover over each picture to learn more about what makes them special.
Non-GMO Yellow Corn
All the benefits of corn without the cereal mash! Grown by R.P. Hart & Sons in Cologne, VA, our corn malt is a rotating selection of beautiful harvests from across the Commonwealth featuring heritage/heirloom varieties as well as commercial non-GMO options.
Grist: Up to 20%
Raw naked oats, grown and cold-rolled by our friends at Migrash Farm (MD) to preserve their addictively rich flavor and warming aroma. A favorite for Hazy IPA, rolled oats add body, haze, softness, or silkiness to any style, including Pale Ale, Cream Ale, American Saison, and Oatmeal Stout.
Grist: Up to 20%
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