2016 Entrepreneur of the Year: Maine Malt House

Published: Jun. 3, 2016 at 3:03 PM EDT
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Buck Farms was started in the 50s in Mapleton, now 60 years later; a family farm is growing and evolving with the next generation. What started as just a supplement to the farm has grown into a successful company, Maine Malt House.

“We actually started two years ago with the idea. It took about 8 months to get our whole plan together. About 16 months ago we actually started the process of malting, it started off slow the first year and it was building the relationships, building the reputation. Now we are at capacity on our system and we're looking to expand,” said Jacob Buck.

Malt is processed barley, and gives the color and alcohol to beer. Malt is one of four main ingredients in beer. It's a scientific and labor intensive process to make. Maine Malt house has 16 contracts, and multiple other companies who they sell to regularly. The market for a local hop is there, and they are capitalizing on the need.

“What this aspect of the business has given us a diversity or a diverse aspect of the business that has created opportunities for the next generation, to be involved and be excited,” said co-owner Brent Buck.

The Buck family was recognized as Aroostook County Entrepreneurs of the year for 2016, and they say they are humbled by the recognition.

“We were definitely honored to be recognized for what we've been doing. We never thought we would get to this point; it was mostly just a supplement for the farm,” said Jacob.

The Buck's say they are looking forward to the future.