The variety Maris Otter was bred and developed in the 1960’s by Dr GDH Bell at the Plant Breeding Institute in Cambridge by crossing the varieties Proctor and Pioneer and has become one of the most enduring malting varieties in the history of modern barley cultivation.
Maris Otter has been grown for malting for more than 45 years and its pedigree and track record of delivering, year after year, consistent, processable, and flavourful malt is unsurpassed.
Crisp Malting Maris Otter is grown under contract by selected Norfolk farmers and is recognized worldwide as the benchmark barley for the best ale malt. In malting, as with brewing, the importance and the quality of raw materials cannot be underestimated.
The reliability of Maris Otter malt quality has allowed brewers to develop, stabilize and maintain many of the world famous English cask conditioned ale brands we know today