San Francisco Bay Area brewers will once again be able to cultivate the unique flavors of local floor-malted barley. Admiral Maltings, is a new California “Malt House” boasting a modern floor-malting facility that revives a brewing tradition dating back to pre-prohibition days.
Today most Malt, though it is a core ingredient to the character of craft beer, is mass-produced by only a few large manufacturers. Just a handful of regional malting companies around the globe still practice the traditionaly art of floor-malting. The process, (which involves small batches of grain steeped in water, allowed to germinate, and cured in a shallow loaded kiln,) cultivates the quality of the malt and develops its flavor, aroma and character.
Admiral Maltings produces malt at their new facility on Alameda Point for select craft breweries and distilleries. All of their grain is sourced from growers using organic or no-till practices to promote ecological health.