East Bay Express: No Malt, No Beer, January 30, 2019


Drinkers perched at the bar of The Rake on Alameda Point are privy to a sight that hasn’t been witnessed in California since Prohibition. The window behind the bar looks onto a slate-gray floor covered with light-brown colored kernels of germinating grain. The aroma is intoxicating.

The Rake is the taproom at Admiral Maltings, the first floor-malting operation in California in a century and the state’s first commercial maltster of any kind since 1981.