Our Maltings

Simpsons Malt own two maltings in the UK, one in the North and one in the South

TWEED VALLEY MALTINGS

The Simpsons head office, central laboratory and largest maltings is located in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland. It’s also home to the company’s agricultural trading division, McCreath, Simpson & Prentice (MSP). MSP procures in excess of 300,000 tonnes of barley each year from our farming partners across England and Scotland.

Geography

Berwick-upon-Tweed lies between the Lammermuir Hills to the North and the Cheviot Hills to the South, in an area famous for its barley. The name Berwick is derived from the early Anglo-Saxon words for ‘Ber(e)’ = barley and ‘wick’ = small town. The soils in the region are derived from glacial drift, which gives the lightness necessary for the growth of high quality barley.

History

Looking at the map, Simpsons Malt sits slightly inland, beneath a wide loop in the beautiful River Tweed. Less than a mile from the maltings, the Tweed flows out to the North Sea beneath the Grade I Listed Old Bridge, built between 1611 and 1624. Climb to the very top of the building where the barley begins its journey in the Jubilee Steep House and you will see the sea stretching out to the horizon.

Capacity

Home to Simpsons Malt since January 1st 1963, the maltings employs approximately 185 people from the local region. Each year 235,000 tonnes of malt are produced at the Tweed Valley Maltings. Simpsons Malt has a capacity of 303,000 tonnes of malt across the Tivetshall and Berwick-upon-Tweed sites. At harvest time, the company purchases, controls and stores 100% of their annual barley requirement in quality assured stores.

TIVETSHALL ST. MARGARET

The Simpsons craft maltings is in Tivetshall St. Margaret, East Anglia has been producing malt since 1872. Acquired by the company in 1986, the plant was extended in the summer of 2015 to accommodate the company’s state-of-the-art bagging facilities and warehouse.

Situated in the heart of Norfolk, the English barley growing county, the region is home to the Broads and to many areas of outstanding natural beauty.

With five roasting drums for the production of speciality-roasted malts, including both base malt and roast house production.

Capacity

The Tivetshall maltings has a capacity to produce 68,000 tonnes of malt each year for ale, lager and speciality roasted malts.