Country Malt Group was recognized as Business of the Year at the North Country Chamber of Commerce’s 104th-annual dinner on January 29, 2016.
Based in the Town of Champlain, Country Malt Group provides malt and other brewing ingredients and supplies to the craft brewing industry.
Operating Manager Bryan Bechard started what was originally North Country Malt Supply with his father, Claude, in a small tool shed behind Claude’s home in Rouses Point in 1995. In 2006, Australia-based Grain Corp. asked Bryan to take his business model across North America as Country Malt Group.The company now has more than 200 employees at 13 distribution facilities, with Champlain as its headquarters. The most recent expansion was last spring, when they opened a 100,000-square-foot warehouse and distribution center that allowed consolidation of the northeastern U.S. operation in one location.