Mecca Grade serves up malts in tap room
Thirsty for a taste of local flavor fresh from the keg?
Mecca Grade Estate Malt, an estate malthouse north of Madras, has opened a tasting and tap room.
"Our malting facility creates specialty malts and grains, all grown and malted on our farm, for breweries and distilleries to use in their creations," said Katie Ralls of Mecca Grade Estate Malt. "We also just expanded our brewery and opened our tasting room to the public so everyone can enjoy and taste beers highlighting our malts."
Brad Klann owns the family farm on Northwest Columbia Drive and operates with the help of his son-in-law, Travis Ralls, and family. Brad and his son, Seth Klann, own and operate the malthouse. Their family has been farming in Jefferson County for more than 100 years.
Mecca Grade Estate Malt Tasting Room debuted in May and is open from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and noon to 8 p.m. Saturdays. Malt, grain and merchandise are available for purchase during all open hours.
"We offer tasting flights, pints, growler fills and cans to go," Ralls said. "We also offer keg sales and brewing for public and private events."
Currently on tap is the Lionshead Pils, brewed with smoky pilsner malt, filtered through a bed of Kentucky bluegrass straw, and bittered with a small addition of Czech Saaz hops. Lionshead malt comes from a batch of Pelton that was smoked during the Summer 2020 wildfire outbreak.
"We just tapped Campo Santo, a 10.2% ABV Imperial Stout that's rich and roasty, chocolatey, and served on nitro," Ralls said.
Into the Metaverse is made with malted barley, Shaniko malted white wheat and flaked out and hopped with Citra and Galaxy. Visitors can also taste the Hyperion Impact IPA featuring Gateway windmalt, Alvarado red wheat malt and flaked oats. The Bourbon-Barrel Aged Bravemaker has a rich, toffee raisin character.
"We have had our tasting/tap room open for several months but would love more local traffic," Ralls said.
Mecca Grade is located on 1,000 irrigated acres. The farmers only grow one variety of spring two-row barley, Full Pint, which was bred by Oregon State University.
"Much like an estate vineyard and winery, our eighth-generation Oregon farming family grows and malts all of our own specialty grain," the farmers say. "Our estate malt made with Full Pint has an entirely unique, nutty, graham-cracker sweetness that is attributable to our farming practices, malting process, and yes, even terroir."
Mecca Grade Estate Malt Tasting Room
Owners: Brad and Seth Klann
Address: 9619 NW Columbia Drive, Madras
Hours: 5-8 p.m. Thursday and Friday and noon to 8 p.m. Saturday
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