SF Beer Week 2020
Event Guide

And now, an important public service announcement: The time has come for you to stop and take a moment to plan out your SF Beer Week, the epic celebration of Bay Area beer culture that is hurtling toward us with comet-like velocity. For us at Admiral, this 12th SF Beer Week picks up right where we left off last year, with another dizzying and humbling array of Beer Week collaborations made with our malt and an even bigger slate of events designed to showcase malt’s foundational role in beer. If you make even half of these events the foundation of your Beer Week, you, too, will come away with a deep appreciation for malt as the soul of beer and the way the return to brewing with local grains makes our craft beer culture even better. It’s truly the next chapter in the good beer movement of the past four decades.


SFBW Opening Gala

6:00 - 10:30pm @ Pier 35

The spectacular convocation of Bay Area breweries and their fans at the Opening Gala every year sets the tone for the rest of the week. With no other Beer Week events scheduled for the day, all attention is focused on what has easily become one of the best beer festivals on the west coast. As proud sponsors of SF Beer Week, Admiral will have a booth at the Gala so please do stop by, say hello, and let us help point you toward the beers throughout the fest that are made with Admiral Malt. The five official SF Beer Week regional collaboration beers will also be tapped at the Gala and all five were brewed with Admiral Malt (more on those below).

Get your tickets here!

2/07 - 2/16

2020 Collab Series at The Rake (all week long)

All Brewed with Admiral Malt

We’re thrilled about all of our events but one of the most gratifying parts of Beer Week for us is the fact that so many brewers have featured our malt in special beers for the occasion, not the least of which are the five official SF Beer Week regional collaborations brewed by each chapter of the Bay Area Brewers Guild. Beginning on 2/8 (following their debut the night before at the Gala), we’ll be pouring all five at The Rake while they last:

  • San Francisco: Common Dreams (California Common)
  • North Bay: North Bay Nexus (Pale Ale)
  • East Bay: Rice Stratosphere (Rice IPA)
  • Silicon Valley: Cloud Based (Oat Cream Pale Ale)
  • Coast: Surf ‘n Burps (West Coast Double IPA)

The Rake’s tap list will be as dynamic as ever during Beer Week but depending on when you come in, you’re also likely to find a number of other special beers brewed with our malt. We’re also stoked about a couple of other collaborations we were part of—a modern take on a California Common that we made with our friends at East Brother Beer Company and a modern take on an English bitter at Sacrilege Brewing. Try all of these beers and more at The Rake and wherever good beer is sold. #AskForAdmiral!

2/07 - 2/16

Admiral Malt Showcases

Featuring Beers Brewed with Admiral Malts

Once again, we’re taking The Rake on the road, collaborating with a handful of select pubs and bars around the Bay to bring you a series of Admiral Malt Showcases: carefully curated draft lists featuring beers brewed with a range of Admiral Malts. While you’ll find Admiral Malt popping up in beers all over the region during Beer Week (and every week), don’t miss these events for the widest selection:


Grain to Glass: A Farmer, Maltster and Brewer Walk into a Bar

If beer is defined as a fermented barley-based beverage (it is!) and malt is the soul of beer (it is!), then following barley’s journey from grain to glass is perhaps the most important collaboration of all. It starts with the farmer, of course—the unsung hero of our favorite adult beverage. The farmer takes the biggest risk to grow grain to our exacting specs so that we, in turn, can make quality malt from it and brewers can craft that malt into delicious beer. You don’t find all of us in the same room very often, though, and that’s a shame and something we like to correct at least once a year with our event celebrating the relationship between farmer, maltster, and brewer. Saturday, 2/8, is that day and 2-5pm is the time.

Your $20 admission gets you a special founder-led tour of our traditional floor malting facility where you will also have the opportunity to meet some of the farmers who grow our grain. Select your tour time slot when you buy your ticket here. They’ll be given every half hour from 2-4pm and all attendees will adjourn to The Rake after their tour for two included half pours of local beer brewed with Admiral malt by select brewers who will also be on hand to chat and answer questions. Learn from the brewers what it’s like to connect all the dots and work with locally-grown grain and to have a close relationship with their local maltster.


From San Diego with Love: Pure Project Double Can Release and Meet the Brewer

It's Pure Project Day at The Rake at Admiral Maltings, featuring not one but two very limited can releases!

Brewers throughout the state choose Admiral Malt when they want to make truly California beer made with California-grown ingredients (most malt comes from the Midwest, Canada, Europe or South America). One of our most enthusiastic malt customers, Pure Project in San Diego, has a strong focus on sustainability, from decreasing its raw materials sourcing footprint to working with suppliers like Admiral because of our dry-farmed, no-till and organic malts. It doesn't hurt that Brewmaster Winslow Sawyer has roots near here in Santa Cruz and did his senior thesis at UC Davis on sustainability in the brewing industry. Most of our grain is grown on family farms within just a few miles of Davis.

We're absolutely thrilled to save you the trip to San Diego and offer an incredibly rare opportunity to pick up freshly packaged cans of two Pure Project beers brewed with Admiral Malt starting when we open at noon until supplies run out. In addition, these two beers will also be available on tap along with two other Pure Project beers also brewed with Admiral Malt. And Winslow will be in the house to chat and share more info about his experience brewing with California grain.

The can releases are:

  • Clouds of Delusion - a crushable Double IPA featuring Nelson & Mosaic hops; mango, pineapple and orange peel with a soft mouthfeel and subtle bitterness (8.7% abv)
  • Hydra - a sour Double IPA w/ dragon fruit, raspberries, and lactose; Hydra is a multi-dimensional sensory experience, with a finely tuned balance of tartness and sweetness; bright pink in color from dragon fruit, and bright in flavor from a heap of fresh raspberries; deceptively smooth, refreshing (8.5% abv)

We’d be remiss not to squeeze in a mention of the exciting things coming out of The Rake’s kitchen these days. Dennis has been taking things to another level with our menu and specials. While you can see signs of his handiwork on The Rake’s Instagram, it’s even better when you can taste it so be sure to come to our Beer Week events hungry and check out the latest dishes, all of which share the same underlying values around local sourcing, sustainability and artisanship as our malt.

Rest up. You’re gonna need it. Happy Beer Week!

More info at sfbeerweek.org/profiles/admiralmaltings