Starting in the spring of 2017, California brewers will be able to brew with premier malts and beer lovers will be able to discover the flavors of traditionally floor malted barley. Admiral Maltings, a new “Malt House” will be California’s first modern floor-malting facility and will harken back to pre-Prohibition days when malt houses sourced local barley for regional breweries.
Beginning in April, Admiral Maltings will produce premium malt at their new facility on Alameda Point for select craft breweries and distilleries with 100% sustainably grown barley procured from California family farms.
Malt is the backbone and soul of craft beer. Today, most malt is mass-produced by a few very large manufacturers. Only a handful of malting companies around the world still practice the art of floor-malting, wherein small batches of grain are steeped in water, allowed to germinate, and are cured in a shallow loaded kiln. Floor-malted grain is revered by craft brewers and distillers for its flavor, aroma and character. Admiral Maltings will combine traditional methods with modern quality control technology to produce consistently distinctive malt. All of the grain sourced by Admiral Maltings is grown using organic or no-till practices to promote ecological health.
Admiral Maltings is a collaboration of Ron Silberstein, the owner and founding brewmaster of ThirstyBear Organic Brewery, Dave McLean is the founder and brewmaster of Magnolia Brewing Company, and Curtis Davenport whose background in organic farming led him to build a small-scale malting system that sold Malt to craft brewers and artisan bakers in Southern California.