Our History


The history of barley-growing and malting in Australia stems from ancient English skills and is closely inter-woven with the nation’s economic development. The trace goes back to Australian records of the largest and one of the oldest surviving malting firms, Barrett Bros. and Burston and Co. Pty Ltd.

As the name suggests Barrett Bros. and Burston is a combination of two families. Both the Barrett’s and the Burston’s have been associated with the Australian malting industry for much more than a century. The two families had widely different origins in the malting business.

The Barrett family the founding father William Barrett, was an enterprising bank clerk in England who began malting and a part time operation. In the Burston family, Samuel Burston was a storekeeper in a small Victorian country town who saw the opportunity to buy barley from his clients and use it for malting.

In the years which followed, a move to Australia by the family Barrett and much competition between the two dynasties, the merger finally took place in 1912 with the founding of Barrett Bros. and Burston and Co. Pty Ltd.

Despite the enormous increase in production following the end of WWII, Barrett Bros. and Burston and Co Pty Ltd were still unable to keep pace with the growing demand for malt.

Barrett Burston Malting Co. has 3 sites across Australia. This includes the Welshpool Maltings of WA, the Geelong site, which is the largest in the Barrett Burston Malting operations, and the state of the art Malting facility in Pinkenba, opened in 2010.

BBM employs over 100 staff and with production capacity of 240,000 tonnes continues to focus on quality & engagement.