Alan Dempsey | Litfest A Food and Drinks Literacy Festival at Ballymaloe
Alan Dempsey, Minch Malt, malting company, Athy, Co. Kildare
Alan Dempsey is the Craft Malting and Brewing Manager at Minch Malt, Ireland’s oldest malt producer, who have been producing the highest quality malt from some of the country’s best barley since 1847.
Alan has extensive brewing knowledge with over 14 years’ brewing experience and is a 2nd generation Master Brewer and winner of the JS Hough Award in 2013
Ale malt is his favourite because, as he puts it, “it makes up for more than 80% of the grist of most Irish craft beers and is so underrated!”. Porters and ales are his go to styles of beer but when the occasion calls for a whiskey, make sure it’s Irish, thanks very much.
Minch Malt have recently added the Hook Head series. This is a 100% Irish malting barley exclusively grown in the Ring of Hook Peninsula, Co Wexford by a number of specialist growers, many of whom are third or fourth generation malting barley growers. “Hook Head Malt has unique character, not to be found anywhere else in Ireland, due to the favourable composition of the region’s costal soils. This is specifically tailored by our maltsters for the needs of the craft brewer.”
Years at Litfest: 2017
Type: regular


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