The malt marriage

The Great Western Malting Company has helped spur microbreweries.

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Many factors have contributed to the Northwest’s affinity for microbreweries. But one sometimes overlooked reason lies in the history of the Great Western Malting Company.

Hidden within a maze of containers and factories in the Port of Vancouver, the Great Western Malting Company has been providing malt grains to brewers since 1934 (the year before prohibition ended). Over the decades, Great Western has grown from a local provider to one of the world’s biggest, and thanks to a partnership through the United Malt Holdings, they carry partnerships in Canada, Australia, and the UK, making them part of the 4th largest malt supplier in the world.

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