Meet us in the colorful city of Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, at the Gem Centre, Stand G5 (opposite the Food & Beverage Zone). We will be delighted to have a cordial and cozy chat about the newest trends and developments in brewing and malting, as well as answer to all kind of inquiries you might have about our products and services. So, don’t hesitate to pop up and say hello!
Brew Asia, formerly known as SEA Brew, promises to be an exceptionally ample and vibrant event this year. It will combine a three-track conference (Brewery Operations, Ingredients, Distribution & Marketing) with a comprehensive Trade Fair. It will also host the Asia Beer Championship 2023 Awards Evening.
Do not miss this unique opportunity for in-person communication with brewers, suppliers, sales and marketing professionals. Gain invaluable insights into the newest trends and most interesting ideas before they even appear online!
For more information on this unmissable event you can access their official Instagram account @theseabrew.
See you in Ho Chi Minh!
#BrewAsia2023 #CastleMalting #CraftBrewing #BrewingIndustry #HoChiMinhCity
Vietnam is one of the world’s top 10 beer producing and consuming nations, well above France, Spain, Italy and India. It ranks 3rd in Asia, after China and Japan. Beer is by far the most popular alcoholic drink in Vietnam, with an annual turnover of more than 5 billion US$ in 2022, accounting for about 74% of the total annual alcoholic drinks market.
Vietnamese people have developed a distinct beer culture in which beer (bia in Vietnamese) plays an important role in socialization, as well as in relaxing and contemplating. Craft brewing is booming along with the entire Vietnamese economy and its tourism sector. Craft beer recipes in Vietnam can get especially original and exotic with the inclusion of locally produced ingredients like buckwheat, beetroot, lemongrass, passion fruit, and even coffee and cocoa.
Today, we have a particularly exciting piece of news to share.
We are delighted to announce, that HMG INVESTMENT DEVELOPMENT & SERVICE CO., LTD is our new exclusive agent in Vietnam. “Build your trust” and “BeerIsEasy” are their 2 favourite mottos.
Their very first Castle Malting container has already got through customs and the malt is available for immediate delivery!
We would like to take this opportunity to wish HMG team of skilful and experienced in brewing supply chain professionals all success in their efforts to promote our products. We are looking forward to making together a solid contribution to the ongoing craft revolution in Vietnam by supplying Belgian base and specialty malts of the highest quality, that stimulate brewers’ creativity and imagination, and open-up new brewing horizons for them. A fusion of Belgian malting and brewing traditions with local Vietnamese adjuncts sounds particularly tempting and promising!
For more information about HMG, and their contact details, you might well access their website (https://www.hopmalt.vn)
#AsianBeer #VietnamBrewery #VietnamBeer #VietnamCraftBeer #VietnamCraftBeerCommunity #BeerIsEasy #CastleMalting #CraftBrewing #BrewingIndustry #HoChiMinhCity
The abhorrent, devastating war in Ukraine is approaching its 600th day with a scale of devastation not seen in Europe since the end of World War II. And yet, the Ukrainian people demonstrate awesome resilience and try to lead as normal a life as possible, despite enormous human loss, pain, destruction and disruption.
The 11th Forum of brewers, distillers, and beverage producers, that took place in Lviv on September 7-8 is a palpable demonstration of this astonishing spirit of defying resilience against all odds, that penetrates the entire Ukrainian society since February 2022. Ukrainians themselves call it “незламність” (nezlamnist) in their highly expressive language. Having been dragged into a brutal war situation, in which winning is the only way to survive, they strive to learn how to win in any aspect of their life, brewing included!
At Castle Malting, we feel immensely proud, that we were there, standing with the Ukrainian people in their fight to create and thrive in this “new normal”, which the war brought about.
Ukrainian brewing industry after the shock of coronavirus “new normal” is learning to cope with another by far more challenging situation: war.
What Ukrainians bravely demonstrate these days, their admirable “спрага до перемоги” (spraga do peremogi, which literally means thirst after victory) is an invaluable lesson for everybody of us, applying to personal life, business, civic engagement and responsibility!
Let us hope that next year’s forum will occur in conditions of enduring peace!
#ukrainianbeer #ukrainianbrewery #castlemalting #ukrainecraftbeer #craftbeer
We are thrilled to have participated in the BREW Asia Technical Session in the vibrant city of Hong Kong. The event, held on the 13th of June, brought together brewers and beer experts from Hong Kong and the surrounding region to explore the latest trends and advancements in brewing.
Our team was incredibly honored to have the opportunity to showcase our expertise and products at this gathering of brewing enthusiasts. We were delighted to exchange knowledge, share experiences, and forge valuable connections with fellow industry professionals.
Perry Lam, the Brewmaster at H.K. Lovecraft, conducted a workshop on base and specialty malts, offering technical solutions for craft brewers. His expertise and insights were met with great enthusiasm and appreciation from the attendees, and we are delighted to have had him as part of our team.
We would like to express our sincere gratitude to all those who attended the event. It was a pleasure to engage in meaningful conversations and connect with everyone who visited our booth. Your presence made the experience truly memorable.
Thank you once again for your support and for making the BREW Asia Technical Session a resounding success. We look forward to continuing our journey of brewing excellence and innovation with you all.
#asiabrewersnetwork #hongkongcraftbeer #hongkongbeer #craftbeer #castlemalting
Dear Customer and Partner,
For almost 20 years, we have been working hard to develop and provide you with the highest quality malts in the world.
While the beginning was rocky, we always believed in our ability to provide an excellent service and today we are the global leader in our industry, exporting over 100 types of malt to over 3600 breweries and distilleries in 145 countries.
Currently, we are at the top of our game and are dedicated to providing the best service possible to our main customer base which is at the heart of our malting activities: small and medium-sized breweries.
Unfortunately, over the past two years we have found that, more and more frequently, we have not been able to consistently provide the level of service you deserve, due to a lack of malt production capabilities.
We had to decide whether to continue as before or to be honest with ourselves and maintain the high level of service you have come to enjoy from us over the years.
Given this dilemma, we have decided to form a partnership with the Malteries Soufflet – InVivo group, a global leader in the malting industry, as the most logical solution.
I fully understand that some of you may be concerned about what the future holds. I want to reassure you that a key aspect of this partnership is that the Malteries Soufflet – InVivo group will preserve our factories, our structure, and our core values intact, and is committed to maintaining our close and personalized relationships with each of you.
The entire team of Castle Malting will remain in place and will continue to serve you as before, and even better thanks to the support of our new partner.
As for me, I will stay with the company for as long as necessary, in order to ensure the smoothest possible transition with the Soufflet team so that Castle Malting continues to serve you the best.
I would like to express my gratitude to all of you who have placed your trust in me and Castle Malting over the years, and who have joined me on this journey. Your trust and loyalty are greatly appreciated.
We are very proud to have contributed to the success of craft brewing by offering a comprehensive service to make life easier for each of you.
Good continuation and success for all.
Jean Louis Dourcy
PS: Do not hesitate to call me if necessary
Castle Malting has won the Gold Medal at Global Brewing Supply Awards 2022!
La Malterie du Château SA (Castle Malting), the oldest malting plant in Belgium producing more than 100 types of malt for craft breweries in 147 countries around the world, announces that it was named the winner of RMI Analytics Global Brewing Supply Awards 2022 on March 30th 2022. The award confirms the commitment of Castle Malting to continuous innovation, sustainability, and supply chain agility. It highlights the devotion of Castle Malting to provide the best services and offer top-quality base and specialty malts.
“We are grateful to our entire team for their dedication to building each day of our story! We are honoured to be part of this noble competition to create better value and services for the beer industry, while preserving our environment for future generations,” said Jean-Louis Dourcy, the CEO of Castle Malting.
About Castle Malting: Founded in 1868, Castle Malting® is the oldest malting company in Belgium and one of the oldest family–run malting companies in the world. Belgium, the home of Castle Malting®, is, probably, the closest place to heaven for most beer lovers, Belgian Beer Culture being recognized by UNESCO as part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. To satisfy the quality requirements of this enormous variety of beers, Castle Malting® has developed an entire spectrum of premium base and specialty malts, offering today the largest range of malts on earth.
The premium quality of more than 100 types of base and specialty Château Malts is the guarantee of success of more than 3500 breweries in 147 countries worldwide. Château Malts allows to brew any beer style from Pilsner and White beers to dark Abbey, Stouts and Porters as well as any style of organic beer.
About RMI Analytics: RMI Analytics is the world’s leading market insights provider for the international brewing materials supply chain. Founded in 1999 and based in Switzerland, RMI Analytics utilizes its extensive partnerships with the leading companies to provide the world’s only impartial source for barley, malting and brewing related data.
Thanks to the determination and kindness of our team, we have helped 106 Ukrainian refugees to start a new life in Belgium, far away from the terror and destruction ravaging their motherland.
Two busses, two weeks on the road, border controls that seemed they would never end, sleepless nights, exhaustion and yet - happiness, smiles, gratitude and hope - it was all worth the effort. The youngest refugee that travelled with us was barely a few-month-old baby, the oldest one was a 83-year-old grandmother. And what a joy it was to see the sparkle of hope in everybody’s eyes once we reached our destination. They are all in Belgium now living with local host families and receiving ample assistance from the local community. They have a roof above their heads and they have started a peaceful life. All children have access to local schooling.
Our reward is an incredible and fulfilling sense of accomplishment.
Our Brewmaster Simon Brandt was delighted to offer the gold medal to the winner of the best Dutch Beer during the Brussels Beer Challenge - Davo Bordo from Davo Bieren Bv.
Congratulations Davo Bieren Bv on your accomplishment! We wish you great success in all your future projects. May all your brewing dreams come true!
Photo credit: ©Bart Van der Perre
We are proud the two Stout beers that have won the Gold Medal and the award for the Best Beer of the competition at the Brussels Beer Challenge 2021 were brewed with the Premium Quality malts from Castle Malting! We congratulate Dangge brewing from Beijing on his achievement and we wish him success and inspiration for new beers.
Photo credit: ©Bart Van der Perre
Quelques photos de notre agréable rencontre avec Il était une brasserie qui s'est tenue le mardi 9 novembre. Nous tenons à remercier Il était une brasserie et tous les brasseurs participants pour cette journée enrichissante !
A few photos from our enjoyable meeting with Il était une brasserie that took place on Tuesday, November 9.
We would like to thank Il était une brasserie for a great day and the opportunity to exchange knowledge
Nihao, news from China! Today we did a collaborative brew with Bravo Brewing Co., which has won many medals in world competitions. Using our specialty malts, we brewed a cold IPA.
Don't forget to visit them if you are in Guangzhou, China!
September 17th, 2021 we were a part of Harvest Party in Jinan, China, hosted by YCH! 📚
Attendees had the opportunity to participate online and onsite, to learn about ingredients and brewing techniques from the speakers and university professors, and to participate in a roundtable discussion.
Thank you all for your participation, we were happy to share our knowledge and experience with the craft brewing community in China.
SafSour LB-1 is a heterofermentative lactic acid bacteria. It has the ability to provide a precise acidity related to the combined production of lactic and acetic acids.
SafSour LB-1 also reveals a neutral aromatic proﬁle, respecting the aromatic signature of the yeast in the ﬁnal product. We recommend it to produce Gose, Berliner Weisse and many other balanced sour beers.
Feel free to add it to your next order!
Castle Malting Team is happy to announce the launch of 3 new varieties of flakes that are available on our website!
These flakes are a pre-gelatinized brewing adjunct produced from selected naked oat, rice and maize kernels submitted to the flaking process where the whole kernel is steamed and passed through heated rollers to open the starch structure within the kernel endosperm.
Château Maize Flakes have a slightly higher color and give a slightly sweeter finish to the beer compared to Château Rice Flakes.
Wort color: 3.5 EBC/ 1.9 Lovibond
Château Oat Flakes give a creamy and silky mouthfeel and enhance the body and head retention of the beer due to its high glucan and protein levels. Is also available in Organic version.
Wort color: 4 EBC/ 2.1 Lovibond
Château Rice Flakes help to lighten the body and flavor of the beer-making a very drinkable and refreshing beer with clean and crisp mouthfeel and beautiful pale color.
Wort color: 2.5 EBC/ 1.5 Lovibond
All these malts are available in stock. Feel free to add them to your next order!
We are pleased to announce to you the launch of SafBrew LA-01 and SafBrew DA-16, the ideal yeasts for low- and high-alcohol levels, depending on your needs!
SafBrew™ LA-01 has been specifically selected for the production of low and/or non-alcoholic beverages (<0.5ABV).
This yeast does not assimilate maltose and maltotriose but assimilates simple sugars (glucose, fructose, and sucrose) and is characterized by a subtle aroma profile.
SafBrew™ DA-16 is a powerful solution for the production of very dry and flavorful beers, particularly fruity and hoppy ones such as Brut IPAs.
It is also recommended for very high gravity wort, allowing a level of alcohol up to 16% ABV.
These 2 yeasts are available in 500g and 10kg packaging. Do not forget to include them in your next order!
Here are some more photos of our teamwork with our friends from Fermentis and Yakima Chief. We did a collaborative brew at BullShark brewery in Shenyang, Liaoning Province.
We were happy to be a part of it!
Castle Malting Team starts this year with some great news! We are happy to announce the launch of 3 new varieties of wheat malts that are available on our website!
Wheat Smoked gives a strong smoked aroma and flavor to the beer and enhances the head formation and retention due to its high protein levels.
Wort color: 4-12 EBC/ 2.0-5.1 Lovibond
Wheat Arome add subtle notes of baked bread and biscuit to your beer. The beer will have a golden hue and a light to medium body.
Wort color: 80-100 EBC/ 30.6-38.1 Lovibond
Wheat Cafe imparts to the beer a rich character of roasted wheat. This malt will add coffee notes to your beer with a lower bitterness.
Wort color: 350-450 EBC/ 131.8-169. Lovibond
All these malts are available in stock now. Feel free to add them to your next order!
We were happy to be a part of the HomeBrew Beer Competition - Yakima Cup, in Dongguan, Guangdong, China where Castle Malting was one of the sponsors of the competition
Here are some photos of that day.
Thank you for being there with us! 🍻
Château Special B® is a historic type of malt that has its origins in Belgium and stands behind a wide range of famous Belgian beers. "B" means Belgium and in order to define it, Castle Malting® has decided to opt for Château Special Belgium®.
With a new name, but with the same unique flavor and aroma, Château Special Belgium® is a very special Belgian dark malt, produced by Castle Malting® using a specific double roasting process.
We are pleased to announce you the launch of SafAle BE-134, the new yeast strain for Belgian Saison-style beers!
This typical yeast strain available within our product portfolio is recommended for brewing belgian Saison-style beers and is characterized by a particularly high attenuation (more than 90%). It develops fruity aromas with a spicy character such as clove notes. This strain will produce highly refreshing and drinkable beers.
"BE" refers to the country of Belgium and its wide variety of beers; “134” is a yeast strain code which refers to the product range.
Safbrew™ BE-134 is available in stock now. Do not forget to include it into your next order!
Features: Belgian wheat chocolate malt. Malted wheat is roasted at 230°C and then quickly cooled when the desired color is reached.
Characteristics: Château Wheat Chocolate malt is a highly roasted malt, though not as high as black malt. With the help of this malt a deep brown color with hints of black coffee and bittersweet chocolate flavor can be achieved in beer. The wheat version of Chocolate malt has a more pronounced dark chocolate character compared to its barley counterpart. This malt adds color and flavor to a wide variety of dark beer styles and is used to smooth out certain English-style dark beers, such as stouts, porters, or brown ales.
Château Wheat Chocolat is husk free and was especially developed by Castle Malting to avoid astringency, bitterness and dry flavor or aftertaste in beers. This malt can replace in a proportion of 1:1 the de-husked* chocolate malt, imparting a smoother flavor.
*De-husked (or debittered) chocolate or black barley malts are dark roasted malts with most of the husk removed prior to roasting. However, since it is not possible to remove the entire quantity of the husk and it is namely because of the husk that bitter notes develop during roasting, debittered roasted malts will contribute a certain amount of bitter, astringent and dry flavors or aftertaste to your beer.
From golden pilsners and brown ales to the strong Trappist brews produced in monasteries, Belgian beer is enjoyed all around the world. Drink’s history stretches back centuries to medieval monks. And today, enthusiasts say the beer diversity in Belgium is unequalled anywhere else in the world.
On November 30th 2016 Belgium’s Beer Culture was recognized by UNESCO as part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, officially designating it as something that should be preserved for future generations.
The history and broad variety of brews available make Belgium's beer industry stand out from other brewing traditions around the world.
What is special to the Belgian beer culture is the combination of variety, innovation and tradition. There are more than 3,000 different beers in Belgium, more than 200 breweries and these breweries have created around them a unique beer culture.
Belgian beer is renowned throughout the world for its wide array of tastes, from extremely sour to bitter, brewed in numerous cities, towns and villages across the west European nation of 11 million people.
“It is the unparalleled diversity of the art of brewing and the intensity of the beer culture, as a part of our daily lives and at festivals in our country, that make this beer culture a part of the identity and the cultural heritage of the entire country,” as per statement of the culture ministers of Belgium.
There are more and more countries developing their beer industry with more variation, and they always refer to the Belgian beer styles. We are proud that Belgian Beers serve as a solid point of reference and are a source of inspiration to the beer industry and for the beer related activities in the rest of world.
To satisfy the quality requirements of this enormous variety of beers, Belgian malting company Castle Malting has developed an entire spectrum of premium base and specialty malts. The unique properties of Belgian malts are essential to all famous Belgian beer styles, just as much as the unique brewing processes.
All the recipes proposed on our website hereafter are based on some famous Belgian Beers and will be ideally brewed with the top quality Belgian Malts by Castle Malting.
These recipes are intended to be a starting point for your inspiration and you are quite welcome to add your own touch to make your beer even more special.
Castle Malting® announces a new addition to its cleaning products portfolio – ENZYBREW 10 by Realco®.
ENZYBREW 10 is an easy to use, effective, all-in-one daily enzymatic cleaning product specially designed to clean the equipment used in microbreweries. ENZYBREW 10 completely breaks down the organic soiling arising from traditional beer brewing, such as vegetable fibers, proteins, and starch (hops, yeast, malt flour, caramelized sugars, etc.). ENZYBREW 10 is ideal for cleaning fermenters, filters, heat exchangers and fermenting vessels, conditioning tanks, and boiling kettles. ENZYBREW 10 provides safe and in-depth cleaning of equipment.
* Improves the organoleptic quality of the finished product
* Better hygiene
* Eliminating the risk of contamination: enzymes allow better disinfection
* Cleaning in a single cycle (saving time and water)
* Harmless to the user: non-corrosive product and therefore no risk of burns
* No hazard to the environment
ENZYBREW 10 is already available from stock at Castle Malting®. Add it to your next malt order and thus save significantly on the transport costs!
Safbrew™ Abbaye by Fermentis, the perfect yeast strain to reveal the full potential of a wide range of recipes, changes its name into Safbrew™ BE-256.
This typical yeast strain available within our product portfolio is dedicated to brewing a diversity of beers amongst which abbey style beers known for their high alcohol content and/or very high attenuation. It ferments very fast and reveals subtle and well-balanced aromas. The application scope of Safbrew™ BE-256 is in fact beyond the contribution to the development of abbey style beers only.
"BE" refers to the country of Belgium and its wide variety of beers; “256” is a yeast strain code which refers to the product range.
Safbrew™ BE-256 is available from stock now. Do not forget to include it into your next order!
Castle Malting® is happy to present you the latest addition to our malt range - CHÂTEAU WHEAT CRYSTAL 150 EBC.
Château Wheat Crystal is a roasted wheat malt excellent for various wheat beers in which the brewer wants to achieve a rich cooked wheat character and aromatic notes of baked bread and biscuit.
Add Château Wheat Crystal to your next malt order to brew even more delicious beer! The specifications of this malt are already available on our website.
Castle Malting® is pleased and proud to launch the new version of its website www.castlemalting.com with improved functionality, design, and navigation.
Most of all, we wanted to help our clients get to know us better, as well as make our site faster and easier to navigate.
We spend much of our time providing a high level of service for our clients, and there will be more changes and enhancements in the days and months ahead. We will update often, fix bugs if they're found, and improve things as we're able. Please write to us if you like the site, if you don't, or if you just want to say "hello."
We hope the new version of our site will further facilitate and strengthen the collaboration between our companies.
With kind regards,
The Castle Malting Team
Optimal packaging and logistics solutions are guaranteed by Castle Malting® at each delivery, and a new 5000 sqm distribution centre enables us to provide even better services to all our customers.
A new packaging line makes it possible to prepare and load on pallets 600 bags of malt per hour. In addition to that, a huge storage area of 10 metre high racks allows for the systematic preparation of full pallets and storing of 1500 pallets of the most demanded malt types.
Upon the receipt of an order, only the mixed pallets – the pallets with several types of malt – will have to be assembled. This reduces to minimum the time necessary for preparing an order for dispatch.
The expedition area permits to prepare up to 40 orders which will be ready for loading within 24 hours. Thus, Castle Malting® is now able to ship all its malts on pallets of 50 kg to 1500 kg, always remaining true to the principle of a 100% traceability of its production.
The facility offers an easy access to the trucks and its parking area is able to accommodate around twenty vehicles, which allows for a maximum fluidity of the operations. It is situated at 1 km from the motorway and in close proximity to Europe’s main roads.
Castle Malting® announces a new addition to its yeast portfolio – Safbrew Abbaye by Fermentis®.
Safbrew Abbaye is recommended for brewing abbey beers with higher alcohol content. This strain ferments very quickly and gives your beer a subtle and well-balanced aroma.
Safbrew Abbaye is already available from stock at Castle Malting®. Add it to your next malt order and thus save significantly on the transport costs!
Castle Malting® is happy to announce that BrewMalt® - the most complete application for brewing and malting - is now also available for Android devices!
With BrewMalt® you can learn everything about brewing and malting, as well as order all you need for brewing or distilling using your iPhone, iPad or any Android smartphone.
Select and order the finest brewing ingredients and other products via the BrewShop section. View all the documents related to your orders (malt analyses, invoices, certificates, full deliveries lists) in the Services section.
Through the new BrewWorld section you will be even closer to the brewing and malting industries by receiving the latest news, market prices and industry events information. Besides, you will become even more brew-conscious by getting access to beer recipes, brewing tips and calculators, brewing glossary, beer history etc.
We guarantee you the best customer experience in the industry. Enjoy!