Our craft

Master maltster, Master Brewer, Jos Haeck, Malt, Malt creation

There may appear to be only two main ingredients used to craft The Swaen Malts: the very best barley and the purest water. Yet there is also a secret ingredient; the talent of our people. Creating a great malt is a careful, skilled process and here in the heart of Sealand Flanders, we have developed the skills and traditions of roasting & malting to create the finest malts.

Jos Haeck – Master brewer & Maltster

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Our Malt Products




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THE SWAEN – MALT FOR BEER


Since 1906 The Swaen has been offering an extensive range of crafted malts for beer, made from premium ingredients. We are dedicated to creating consistently high quality base and speciality roasted malts for your full range of beers from lagers through to artisan dark ales.



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THE SWAEN – MALT FOR FOOD


The Swaen creates a wide range of high quality malt products that add natural textures, colours and flavours to breads, foods & beverages. We can tailor our diverse selection to meet your needs and deliver with all necessary organic and bio labelling.



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MALT FOR MILLING


With more than a century’s experience with malt, at The Swaen we are experts in sourcing the best quality barley, wheat and rye. Using our bespoke, advanced germination & kilning. We are able to offer the very finest quality malt for the milling industry.

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The Swaen - Our story

1906

'De Zwaan' is born.

Jos Buysrogge & Alois Adriaanse found their malting & brewery business, despite the devastating floods.

1923

The original malting & brewery business is sold to Joos Menu who renames the Manor house to ‘Moutersnest’.

1939-1947

The brewery suffers a major setback when during wartime occupation the copper ‘brewkettles’ are removed.

1947

After the war, the brewery business is closed. Malting now becomes the family’s core activity.

1950

Malting business grows and production increases to supply the growing local and export demand.

1955

Facilities and infrastructure continue to be upgraded and improved including construction of a new silos.

1960s

Malt capacity increases to 15.000 MT per annum and the business becomes a leading Dutch commercial Maltster.

1965-1970

Malting capability is further enhanced with the development of a new, more advanced Steeping House.

1972

New Malthouse constructed, allowing further expansion of the export business. A peating installation has been installed.

1999

Royal Grolsch join the management team, enhancing industry expertise and driving new commercial developments.

2013

The de Groen family acquire the Malthouse in joint venture, uniting world-leading tradition and expertise.

2014

The SWAEN is reborn. This world-class malting business has a new identity, reflecting its renewed vision for the future.

2015

Unique and modern malting technology has been installed: germination system, environmental friendly roasting technology, new bagging line