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.
DAN GALVAGNI/ Account Manager
Dan joined the Root Shoot team in April of 2017 and has been a great addition. A constant professional, Dan works hands-on with our partners to provide customer service that is enriching and greatly received by each of our Root Shoot clients.
Dan's first involvement with craft beer was in 1994 when he worked for Old Saddleback Brewing Co in his home town of Pittsfield, MA.
Over the years, Dan has continued to gain a great regard for the brewing industry, as well as becoming an avid home brewer along the way. Since moving to Colorado back in 2004 he has seen craft beer grow to the thriving industry that it is today.
When not at work, Dan can be found with his wife, Melissa, and son, Conor, enjoying all of what Colorado has to offer. Be it hiking trails, climbing mountains, or taking advantage of a fresh powder day, Dan and his family love getting outdoors as often as possible.
EMILY OLANDER/ Communications
A dental hygienist part-time, Emily has a love for connecting with the craft beverage and restaurant industries, and helps tell Root Shoot's story as an agricultural link in the supply chain. She oversees most internal Root Shoot projects and communications.
Emily is a Colorado native, a Columbine High School graduate, and loves living in Fort Collins - the mecca for craft beer enthusiasts around the world! When not promoting craft malt (or dental health!), you can catch her at the local brewery, exploring Colorado hiking trails with their dog, Archie, or swinging the golf club.
JESSE KENNEDY/ Production
Ever wonder how we keep our malthouse so spotless? Or who packages and cleans your 50 pound bags of craft malt?
Meet Jesse! Although not of drinking age, he has a thirst for agriculture and the malting process. When he's not studying, he helps mill our grains, power wash our germination vessel, and operates the forklift like a pro.
Currently in his Senior year, Jesse attends Roosevelt High School in Johnstown, CO. He is involved with the Future Farmer's of America program, and has tried his hand in bull riding and mountain biking! Constantly joking, we're lucky to have his help. In fact, he's one of the hardest working high school-ers we know!
MIKE MYERS/ Malthouse Manager
Mike joined Root Shoot Malting in 2018, bringing 17 years of retail management excellence as part of his background to our team. He has a Business Management degree with an emphasis on organizational and leadership studies from Colorado State University.
In addition, Mike has a strong home-brewing background (and has collected over 60 medals since he started in 2005!). He's attended Sierra Nevada Beer Camp, GABF Pro-Am, and in 2011 was the 3rd place 'Brewer of the Year' in Colorado.
When he's not brewing, he's either playing golf or professing his undying love for the Denver Broncos. Mike and his family enjoy all things outdoors, especially adventuring with his wife, Amanda and their 2 daughters.
The Root Shoot team is excited to have Mike's knowledge and attention to detail. We're sure he'll help drive Root Shoot forward, making the highest-quality finished malt products.