Country Malt started as a backyard family business in 1995 to make it easier for home brewers to find the malts and other ingredients they need. Bryan Bechard, president of Country Malt Group, wanted to start his own business. His brother, a home brewer, had the idea, but already had a job and a family to support, so Bryan and their recently-retired father, Claude, took it on together.
Country Malt was named business of the year in January 2016 by the North Country Chamber of Commerce. Photo: Rob Fountain, Plattsburgh Press Republican