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Axel Göhler

Axel GohlerDr. Axel Göhler is the third-generation president of this traditional German malting company now called Best Malz. His grandfather Max Göhler started the company 120 years ago, his father turned it into a leading German malting company, and in the year 2014, Axel took over the management of the family business from his older brother.

Göhler earned a doctorate degree in international business from St. Gall University in Switzerland. He wrote and defended his doctoral thesis on “The Success of German Family Breweries.” For ten years, Göhler worked as a strategy consultant for the Boston Consulting Group (BCG). Afterward, he managed his own consulting firm in Hamburg together with partners before returning to Heidelberg to take the helm of company leadership.

Outside of the maltings, Dr. Göhler enjoys nature, hunting, German shorthair dogs, Arabian horses, travel, and of course, beers brewed with Best Malz.

Cory Hebert

Cory Hebert is the head brewer at Oddwood Ales Brewing in Austin, Texas.

Josh Fryauff

Josh Fryauff is the head brewer at Separatist Beer Project in Easton, Pennsylvania.

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SEASON 2, EPISODE 24: DARK SIDE OF THE MALT

PODCAST HOSTS:

TOBY TUCKER – DIRECTOR OF SALES, COUNTRY MALT GROUP

GRANT LAWRENCE – TERRITORY MANAGER, COUNTRY MALT GROUP 

GUESTS:

AXEL GÖHLER – CEO, BESTMALZ

CORY HEBERT – HEAD BREWER, ODDWOOD ALES BREWERY

JOSH FRYAUFF – HEAD BREWER, SEPARATIST BEER PROJECT

Key Points From This Episode:

  • Analytical and technical details on BestMalz’s roasted products.  

  • How BestMalz only uses Berlin Program recommended raw materials. 

  • A deep dive into their manually controlled, fully tuned process with checks and interventions. 

  • How malt masters use experience and data to develop individual recipes for roasted malts. 

  • How roasted products reduce puritans and bitterness.  

  • Seven reasons to roast and use BestMalz’s portfolio of roasted malts. 

  • How, why, and which roasted malts Cory and Josh have used. 

 

Why are Malt COA's important?

Due to weather challenges in 2021, some maltsters in North America will be using a percentage of European and other imported barley in their malt and this will change the overall makeup of the Certificate of Analysis (COA).

How do I understand my COA?

Craft Brewing is both an art and a science, but you needn’t be a chemist to appreciate your malt supplier’s certificate of analysis (COA). Great Western Malting has a resource to make sense of your Malt Certificates of Analysis here.