Chevallier® Heritage Malt was the first ever selected landrace for malting and it’s what our founders Fred and George Smith would have malted back in 1870. Chevallier®reigned supreme for over 100 years as the dominant barley variety in England from the 1820’s to 1920’s. It was propagated all over the world and was being grown in Australia commercially as recently as 1960. It formed the backbone of many Victorian ales and in its revived form, we’ve seen it win awards for its depth of flavour.
It has a robust maltiness, like a Maris Otter turned up to eleven, with a rich marmalade character and a long aftertaste. In new make spirit for whisky, its malt bursts through.
“Chevallier was first selected in 1820 by a Mr. Chevallier. It became incredibly popular and for a century was the most widely-grown type of malting barley. Its demise was brought about by the work of Beavan, amongst others, in breeding new crosses. With their improved yield per acre, these quickly supplanted Chevallier. But even when it was in decline, Chevallier was loved by brewers – much like Maris Otter today – and beers brewed using it continued to win prizes.”
Since 1870 we’ve lived and breathed malting. With this passion and expertise, and by combining traditional and modern techniques, we create an impressive range of malted and non-malted products, including several unique and exclusive barley malts.
We are unique amongst UK maltsters in that the majority of our technical sales team consists of brewing industry professionals. In our past lives we’ve built and run breweries, managed large and craft sites and developed new products. On our production side we have no less than six master maltsters. Backed up by a central lab team and 150 years of malting know-how we have a deep passion for the flavour and science of brewing, distilling and malting. One day you might find our technical team analysing spent draff from a distilling customer so that we can help optimise spirit yield, the next our sales team could be working on a collaboration recipe with our distributors and craft brewing customers around the world.
Home brewing is a fantastic way to produce high-quality beer of all different styles, and at Crisp Malt, we have you covered. If you’d like to try out brewing malts at home, then you’re in the right place!
We’ve partnered with our knowledgeable, approachable and trusted supplier The Malt Miller who provide homebrewers quantities of our malted barley, heritage and speciality malts. They also offer fantastic customer service and will give you all the necessary technical brewing knowledge to get the best from our malted grains.
Malt is the backbone to any great beer recipe, ensuring you have the best quality freshest malt can really improve your brews.
Our malt comes from the same maltsers that professional breweries use. All of our malt is purchased whole/uncrushed, which ensures that it retains the correct moisture levels as the maltster intended.
When you order malt from The Malt Miller we offer it crush fresh, or whole so you can crush it fresh at home using your own mill, or fine crushed for Brew In A Bag brewing. When we crush it for you it is done only when ordered, this ensures you can be sure of freshness and also receive the correct mix of big and small particles.
If you wish to learn more about malt be sure to visit our Brew With Us online resource and our YouTube Channel for lots of brewing content.