Root Shoot Malting is deeply grounded and invested in Northern Colorado. Todd and Steve Olander, owners of Olander Farms, cultivated Root Shoot Malting to specialize in the highest quality of local grain and craft malt available to the brewing and distilling industries. As 5th generation farmers in Loveland, Colorado, we respect the heritage of our region’s agriculture. As partners in the beer industry, we value the high standards of being in one of America’s most esteemed locations for craft beer.
Pride and family values are an essential part of the process at Root Shoot Malting. We take what we learned from the farmers before us, use today’s most innovative agricultural equipment, while making the least impact on our earth to keep the land healthy for the next generation of Root Shoot farmers.
Root Shoot Malting is in the unique position to control the entire malting process from seed variety and growth, to harvest and final kilning. We give Colorado breweries and distilleries the ability to procure local, consistent and high quality craft products.
MEET THE FAMILY
Todd has always loved to work with his hands. He received his construction management degree from Colorado State University in 2006. However, it was his love for the land, instilled by his grandfather that drove him to pursue farming. The fact that he could mix in his love for craft beer and help nurture Colorado’s craft beer economy was also a huge incentive to join the family business. Todd was recognized by Colorado Young Farmers as “Farmer of the Year “ in 2014. He makes every effort to stay on top of the industry.
In 2015, Todd traveled to Bamberg, Germany to visit both Weyermann Malthouse and Kaspar Schulz. His malt studies include an intensive program in Winnepeg, Canada at the Canadian Malting Barley Institute in April 2016. In January 2017 he furthered his knowledge of malt by attending an advanced craft malting course at Hartwick College Center for Craft Food and Beverage in Oneonta, New York. When he’s not running Root Shoot Malting, Todd loves to travel with his wife, Emily, and relax with either a refreshing Odell's IPA or glass of whiskey.
Todd’s dad, Steve, was born into a line of Colorado farmers. The Olander family has been in the Loveland-Berthoud area since 1926. When Steve returned from the army in 1972, he began working alongside his grandfather on the family farm and eventually took it over in 1976. He has built the business by expanding the farm’s acreage and farming for numerous Northern Colorado landowners.
Keeping the business in the family has always been important to Steve. He makes an effort to nurture the family’s farming knowledge, maintain traditional values and provide the right resources to future generations.