Asheville, N.C., is a hotbed of craft beer activity. The area has spawned a new New Belgium brewery, boasts more breweries per capita than any U.S. city, according to Asheville Tourism, and is home to artisan maltsters. You can add one more major maltster to the list as The Country Malt Group announced it will be moving its Southeastern U.S. base of operations from Hickory, N.C., to Fletcher, N.C., just outside of Asheville.
“Our brewery customers in North Carolina and the surrounding states have experienced tremendous growth over the last three years since we set up our Hickory distribution warehouse, and we are pleased to be able to grow with them,” stated Patrick La Zelle, Country Malt Group eastern territory manager.
“We are very appreciative of the high level of service and commitment that our distribution partner Consolidation Services has provided us in Hickory,” La Zelle stated. “Our decision to move to Fletcher was solely based on our desire to manage our own warehouse and to add milling capabilities for our customers that don’t have the means to mill their own malt.”
The Country Malt Group’s own Steve Magee will be relocating to Asheville along with his family in the coming weeks in preparation for the warehouse move to Fletcher. Steve is currently based out of our Champlain, N.Y., warehouse where he has served as its on-site warehouse lead for the last two years.