The variety Maris Otter® was bred and developed in the 1960’s by Dr GDH Bell at the Plant Breeding Institute in Cambridge by crossing the varieties Proctor and Pioneer and has become one of the most enduring malting varieties in the history of modern barley cultivation.
Maris Otter® has been grown for malting for more than 45 years and its pedigree and track record of delivering, year after year, consistent, processable and flavoursome malt is unsurpassed.
Crisp Malting Maris Otter® is grown under contact by selected Norfolk farmers and is recognised worldwide as the benchmark barley for the best ale malt. In malting, as with brewing, the importance and the quality of raw materials cannot be underestimated.
The reliability of Maris Otter® malt quality has allowed brewers to develop, stabilise and maintain many of the world famous English cask conditioned ale brands we know today.
Crisp Maris Otter provides us a profile in most beers we cannot achieve with our base malts. It provides a beautiful base malt profile of freshly baked bread with a slight nuttiness that goes unrivalled. It's superior kernel structure always provides a consistent and clear lauter and our apparent extract efficiency never surprise.
I've been using Crisp since homebrewing a decade ago. My local homebrew club brewed identical 4 ESBs for NHC with each using the same grain bill but subbing out Maris Otter between all the major maltsters. Crisp was by far and away the consensus flavorite, when I turned pro 5 years ago it has always been my go to malt for malt forward beers.