Locale: Walla Walla Valley, Wash. Vintage: 2016

FARMING PARTNER(S): H.T. Rea

MALTING PARTNER(S): Palouse Pint; Skagit Valley Malting

Wheat: HRW Wheat, Jet; SWW Wheat, 102

CERTS & ATTRIBUTES: Salmon-Safe Certified; Dry Farmed

STATUS: Successful Crop Year; Actively Malting

Crop Notes

Our 2016 vintage malting wheat was grown in the foothills of the Walla Walla Valley by Nathan and Dennis Rea of H.T. Rea Farming. Rolling into harvest, we worked with the Rea family to select the highest quality, single variety, soft white and hard red wheat from roughly 2000 dryland acres. The fields we selected range from 1500 to 1800 feet in elevation, with ample silt-loam soils and an average annual precipitation of over 20 inches.

From early-October seeding in 2015 to the end of June, location, care, and weather set up to produce an abundance of high quality malting wheat. But in the words of Yogi Berra, "it ain't over 'till it's over." In early July, as the wheat stood cured in the fields, the area received two saturating rainstorms separated by a week of dry weather. Too many wetting-drying cycles like this and grain quality is lost to "pre-harvest germination." We planned for the worst and hoped for the best as the rains came down.

Hope provides. The awned grain varieties shed much of the water and a high pressure system quickly cleared the way for a bone dry harvest, just a couple weeks behind schedule. Falling number tests (used to measure pre-harvest germination) showed that our selected winter wheat varieties hung onto their premium quality.

When malting through this vintage, we aim to produce stand-alone wheat malts that celebrate the deep rooted wheat production history of the Walla Walla Valley. Both varieties offer outstanding plumpness and comparatively low protein levels for their class, which bodes well for their yield in the brewhouse.

Malt Notes

We maintain a modest malt inventory and a focus on custom malting. Think freshly malted grain, tailored to the specific needs of brewers, distillers, and bakers. Below you'll find a list of malts produced to-date from this locale and vintage. Please Contact Us if you'd like to see some samples or chat about a potential order. Or just to chat, really :)


Hard Red Winter Wheat, LCS Jet

2016 Walla Walla Hard Red Light Munich

Batch No. 1 // Palouse Pint, Nov. '16 // Analysis


Soft White Winter Wheat, OSU 102

2016 Walla Walla Soft White Pale

Batch No. 1 // Palouse Pint,  Nov. '16 // Analysis