As a small family business we are committed to the support of other small local and family businesses. We believe in the consistent use of the most local ingredients possible to provide a local product for our patrons thereby creating the most uniquely "Oregon" experience for all who enjoy our beers.
Currently the majority of our malted barley used in our brewing process comes from a farm called Mecca Grade Estate in Madras, Oregon. This Estate Malthouse is both family owned and operated, and is unlike any other malting operation in the world. These 8th generation farmers grow, harvest, process, malt, and package all their own barley on their family land.
Their use of a single varietal of barley known as "full pint", together with their fertile soil and Oregon mountain spring water, imparts a rich flavor distinct to the "terroir" of their land.
"Terroir" is a French term used to describe how flavor compounds develop differently in food crops based on their growing region and climate. This is a term that has previously been exclusive to the wine industry around the globe, and is now becoming relevant to the brewing world thanks to this next generation of malt pioneers at Mecca Grade.
These factors in combination with a proprietary malting/kilning process which is based off of a unique old-world malting method known as "floor malting", create a product that is completely unparalleled in the malting world.
Their resource efficient "mechanical floor-malting" process accentuates the so-called terroir of their family farm, which is especially pronounced in their malted barley. This quality adds a unique and interesting complexity that is beyond compare in the craft brewing industry.
The brewers at Defeat River feel this not only sets our brand apart from other local breweries, but simply put, it makes every one of our beers more interesting and complex than they could be with traditional ingredients. At this time, Defeat River Brewery is one of only a small handful of breweries to use their products.
For more information on Mecca Grade Estate malt visit their website at: