Why we do what we do, and how we do it.
Hello, I am Twila Soles and I founded the Grouse Malt House. In 2007 my life was interrupted with crippling daily pain and diagnoses of an auto-immune disease called Ulcerative Colitis (UC). Similar to Crohns disease and Celiac disease, UC is a type of inflammatory bowel disease that triggers an immune response in the digestive system.
UC causes a multitude of not so discreet symptoms including nausea, weight loss, diarrhea, fatigue, and more. I was doomed to the confines of prescription medication this being presented as the only solution.
Then life took an interesting twist. While searching for healthy alternatives and remedies I learned about the gluten-free lifestyle. It seemed alright at first, but it lacked one major component a tasty gluten-free beer. As I sampled glass after glass I was sadly disgusted by its flavor.
I thought, “Is it too much to ask for a delicious gluten-free beer?”
The idea was challenging, and it became my personal goal to help create an awesome tasting beer that just so happens to also be gluten-free by making a key ingredient…
I reached out to local farmers growing gluten-free grains. I visited craft maltsters and brewers and studied the fine trade of malting and brewing. I experimented. A bunch. I met a man, William Soles, who believed in my quest. We collaborated utilizing his building and carpentry skills, became partners in business and in life, and planted seeds that sprouted up Grouse Malt House in 2013.
And along the way, I committed to the decision to become totally gluten-free, and it changed my life forever.
The results, as we’re sure you have heard from others, are staggering. To be free from the anti-inflammatory, immune suppressors, and other medications used to control UC is just the beginning.
My fortune at discovering a natural solution to this medical problem doesn’t escape me. It made me realize that I truly wanted to help provide people viable options to live a life free from medications caused by food allergies and intolerances.
Providing gluten-free malts so brewers can make an awesome tasting gluten-free beer is just the beginning of this story.
Welcome the world of healthy indulgences. Welcome to the Grouse Malt House.
Maltstress and CEO
Our founder, Twila Soles has a knack and devotion for non-traditional craft malt. She earned her Master’s degree in Food Science and Food Safety from CSU and embraces both the chemistry and the art of sprouting seeds. A mother, musician, and mover and shaker nothing beats the passion and innovation this gal radiates. Twila is also a founding member of the Craft Maltsters Guild and currently serves on the Board of Directors.
Zach Griffin is a Fort Collins, Colorado native and an avid homebrewer! He has a thirst for knowledge in this industry and is excited to give a helping hand at the Malt House. Zach is also a graduate of the Fermentation Science and Technology program at Colorado State University.
Brandon is a novice in the malting industry, but is excited to use his skills in facilities trades to help Grouse flourish. He is dedicated in actively learning about the malting process, while also sharing his skills and positivity to the Grouse crew.
Kelly is a recent graduate from the CSU Fermentation Science & Technology program. She was diagnosed with Celiac Disease her junior year in the program, and was worried about her future in craft beer. Now she is very excited to be working at a dedicated gluten-free malthouse so she can continue to pursue her love for craft beer and make the world an easier place to find gluten-free beer.
Brent is a past US Navy avionics technician and a current student at Colorado State University studying Fermentation Sciences. He enjoys steak, lobster, and a refreshing craft beer!
Dennis has a background in construction and lives on a small two acre farm in Fort Collins. His desire to learn about the brewing process brought him to Grouse. In his free time he enjoys swimming, cycling and traveling with his non-profit Athletes in Tandem.
Kat is a long-time resident of Fort Collins, Colorado native, and Jack-of-all-trades hobbyist. A liberal arts degree from CSU didn’t stop her from finally pursuing a lifelong passion for food and drink, and she’s thrilled to be involved in such a fundamental part of the brewing process.
Rita has been a supporter and mentor of Grouse since its inception. She has served in a variety of Finance and IT roles prior to joining Grouse in March of 2020. She enjoys reading, baking and gardening and spending time with her grandchildren.
OUR MALT ANGELS
Our founding Maltster, Will was a part of Grouse before it had a name and was only a project Twila was working on when they met in 2012. He provided support and guidance, offered encouragement, and a helping hand every step of the way. William is forever remembered here at Grouse as a man who knew how to get the job done and how to have fun on the journey. We are grateful for you William.
Steve Carr was a Grouse team member from 2014-2019. He ensured that the Grouse Malt House equipment and facilities were in good order and functioned smoothly. He was our resident chemist, machine whisperer, and lead several projects at Grouse including on-boarding two equipment expansions, Robin and Sparrow. Steve was an extremely capable, outdoorsy, jokester, and an all around rad guy. We are grateful for you Steve.
GROUSE MALT HOUSE SUPPORTERS
Who grows your pint?
We are proud members of the Craft Maltster’s Guild!
Our mission is to foster the growth of the craft malt industry through education, advocacy, and honest relationships intended to produce local malt of the highest quality.
8121 1st St.
Wellington, CO 80549