Founder / Owner / Maltster
The heart and soul of CNC Malt, founder, maltster, Penn State Chemical Engineer graduate, lover of all things craft beer and the driving force behind local malting barley supply chain, and malting operations.
After 10+ years in the energy sector, Brendan decided to follow his passion for craft beer and founded CNC Malt in 2015.
From School To Old School Malting
The malthouse is the keystone of the quality supply chain, connecting the local farmers to the brewers and distillers, ensuring local quality grain is available and malted to specification.
Trying to build a facility for malting was not an easy task. So, when Butler County announced school consolidation, and the Clearfield Elementary School became available, it was a perfect fit. The 30,000 sq FT building had two water wells, 3 phase electric, a 4" gas main and plenty of space for traditional floor malting.
Location, Location Location ...
On top of being set with all the utilities needed to malt on a large scale, the facility is located on 11 acres in the middle of a farming community, with barley fields right accross the road.
"BEER IS PROOF THAT GOD LOVES US AND WANTS US TO BE HAPPT" - Benjamin Franklin
Old School Transformation Into Malthouse
Since the acquisition in 2016, the former Clearfield Township Elementary School has been going through a lot of transformation over the last couple of year, in what today is a craft malt house with a lot of the previous class rooms redone for floor-malting, the former teacher lounge transformed into a state of art lab, and the gym the place for kilning the malt and the home for our biomass furnace.
It all started with WHAT IF ...
"Instead of opening a local craft brewery, WHAT IF we start a craft malthouse? Then we could collaborate with all the local craft breweries and distilleries to create unique and truly local flavors to this world!"
And just like that in 2015 a Custom 'N Craft Malthouse (CNC Malt) started in Butler County Pennsylvania.
Next step was to build or find a location, talk to farmers and learn as much as possible about malting.
Talk to our expert maltster about your needs and your upcoming projects. We'd be happy to help !
Questions on our malts and operations? Schedule a malthouse tour today.
719 Clearfield Road, Fenelton
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