With the opening of Admiral Maltings, an old school “Malt House” designed to revive a brewing tradition that dates back to pre-prohibition days, San Francisco Bay Area brewers are now able to craft their beers with the unique cultivated flavors of local floor-malted barley.
Malt is a key ingredient to the character of any craft beer, yet today most malt is mass-produced by only a few large manufacturers. Only a handful of regional malting companies around the globe still practice the age old art of floor-malting barley which involves steeping small batches of grain in water, allowing it to germinate, and then curing the malt in a shallow loaded kiln in order to fully develop its unique flavor, aroma and character.
Admiral Maltings produces malt at their new facility on Alameda Point for a select group of Bay Area craft breweries and distilleries. All the grain they source comes from local organic farms.
The Malt House is also home to its own pub. The Rake, offers beer and pub fare while offering guests dramatic views of of the malting floor. On tap are a variety of beers all conceived with Admiral Malting malts and produced at various California breweries including: San Jose’s Hermitage Brewing, Monterey’s Alvarado Street, San Francisco’s Black Sands and Fort Point, Santa Rosa’s Seismic, and Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing.