Horton Ridge Malt House opening on Saturday

Published on June 19, 2017

The unusual roofline of the Horton Ridge Malt House is visible from Highway 101. It has its official opening on June 24.

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HORTONVILLE, NS – On Saturday, June 24 the grand opening of the Horton Ridge Malt House starts at 11 a.m.

Alan Stewart, who also runs Stewart's Organic Farm and grows rye nearby, says there will be a selection of Nova Scotia craft beer on tap, including some produced in house.
The Let's Eat Beer food truck will be serving up beer infused menu items all day, with all proceeds going back into Atlantic Canadian charities.
Stewart’s iconic malt house is not far from Highway 101. It was planned to boost the growth of malting grain in the region.
His facility is designed to handle 200 tons of grain per year, a small fraction of what Atlantic Canadian brewers use.
The development took place with investment funds collected, first in 2014, in a Community Economic Development Investment Fund (CEDIF) offering when an investment of $392,000 came from 80 investors.
According to Stewart, the roofline pays homage to the malting kilns of Scotland, when before the days of forced hot air, pagoda-like structures were built over the kilns to encourage natural air movement.
Every opportunity to buy building supplies locally was taken advantage of and Stewart added that local craftspeople exclusively were hired for the construction.
A well-attended open house last year showed off the potential of the malt house. Stewart said the architectural elements of the building began turning heads early.
“It is not unusual for drivers travelling along Highway 101 to stop in and let us know they love the look,” he has said.
Stewart says there are over 90 craft malting operations being developed across North America under the umbrella of the Craft Malsters Guild.
Malt is the largest non-water component of beer, Stewart said. Malting is the controlled germination of grain, during which starchy grain is transformed to malt having fermentable sugars. Horton Ridge utilizes organic grains.
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