In 2012 a group of 8 Craft Maltsters from North America decided to form an association. The decision to call ourselves a guild versus association was debated. The definition of guild and the feelings it illicits seemed to fit with who we are and what we want to be. Setting a high standard for our Regular Members, means that Craft Malt will also be expected to stand up to the quality and safety standards that are already expected in the current malting industry.
guild noun (gld)
:an association of persons of the same trade or pursuits, formed to protect mutual interests and maintain standards.
There are 2 types of Membership for our guild:
Regular Members are the core voting members of the guild, comprised of only those engaged in malting on a scale between 5 metric Tons per year to 10,000 metric Tons per year. Beyond this Regular Members must also adhere to the other tenets agreed upon by it’s founding members. These include:
- Craft Malt is in particular made using a majority (greater than 50% by weight) of locally grown grains as inputs, meaning grains grown within the region of the Craft Malthouse.
- Craft Malt is made without the use of gibberellic acid (GA) or other chemical additives during processing.
- A Craft Malthouse must maintain proper legal standing with its country, state, and local governments including but not limited to: business registration and licensing, taxation, safety and other regulations pertaining to the production of grain, malt, and foodstuff, as appropriate.
- Malthouses are not considered Craft Malthouses if ownership by other non-Craft Malthouses exceeds 24%.
- All Regular Members must apply for membership and be approved by the Guild’s Board of Directors.