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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MALT FOR DISTILLING


With more than a century’s experience, we are the ideal partners to the malt milling industry, providing a professional grain selection, germination, kilning and roasting service to deliver the best malts for third-party milling.

At The Swaen we are experts in sourcing the best quality barley, wheat and rye. Using our bespoke, advanced germination/ and kilning and probably the most environmentally sensitive roasting system, we are able to offer the very finest quality malt for the milling industry.

The malt is prepared, packaged and maintained in optimum conditions for later milling, assuring you of the best results for your specific applications.

We operate our own shipping dock, so we can easily arrange for the distribution of large scale deliveries of malt for the milling sector.

In fact, we aim to be highly responsive to our clients’ requirements, and will work to create malts that meet your exacting milling needs.



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MALT FOR BEER


For more than a century our Malthouse has been producing premium quality malt for all types of beer, from pale lagers through to dark ales, bitters and stouts. Our exceptionally high quality raw materials, technologically advanced facility, and long-held traditional expertise make our malts highly desirable.

Since 1906 The Swaen has been investing in the latest techniques and production methodologies. We now have one of the most modern and advanced facilities in the industry, from storage, through to steeping, germination, kilning and roasting, ensuring consistently high quality malts for your beers. Our primary focus is supplying the small to mid-sized brewer with quality base malts and The Swaen range of speciality malts.

Our malts are available in most packaging sizes from 25kg bags till full truck loads or vessels. Yet, the unique textures, colours, flavours and characteristics of our malts are ultimately down to the skill of our team, under the supervision of our Malt Master, Jos Haeck.



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MALT FOR FOOD


Malt is a fundamental ingredient in many foods, essential for a satisfying taste and texture. Yet to achieve the best results you need to use a high quality malt.

Our range includes malts for applications within the food industry. The Swaen is an established supplier to food manufacturers, creating and developing specialist malts that meet the specific needs of the industry.

As such, at The Swaen we make a wide range of high quality, healthy malt products that add natural textures, colours and flavours to foods & beverages.

Our malts are ideally suited to wholesome foods such as cereals, muesli, breads, and baked goods, as well as non-alcoholic beers, soft drinks and malted beverages, manufactured for discerning clients that demand great taste.

We can tailor our diverse selection to meet your exacting needs and deliver with all necessary extract, flour, whole grain, organic, and bio labelling.

We aim to be highly responsive to our clients’ requirements, and will work to create malts that meet your exacting needs.

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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