It’s the Malt! – Craft Malt Festival


Admiral Maltings is thrilled to announce the inaugural It’s The Malt! – Craft Malt/Beer Festival, on Saturday, June 29th, at The Rake, their renowned malt house pub and beer garden located in Alameda, CA. Beer is Barley! This festival celebrates the artistry and tradition of floor malting barley while highlighting the vibrant community of farmers, local brewers, distillers, musicians, and the Rake’s BBQ food program.

It’s The Malt! promises attendees an unforgettable experience, featuring an array of activities and offerings:

  • Local Craft Beer Showcase: Enjoy a diverse selection of craft beers brewed by over twenty of California’s finest breweries, all made with California-grown, floor malted barley, freshly kilned and sourced from local family farms.
  • Historic International Floor Malting Collaboration: Don’t miss the chance to taste exclusive beers crafted with heritage Haná barley, a result of the historic floor malting collaboration between Crisp Maltings (UK) and Admiral Maltings (USA).
  • Live Music: Groove to the sounds of local musicians as they provide the perfect backdrop to a day of festivities.
  • Brewing Demonstration: Our local home brewing club, The Bay Area Mashers, will be answering questions and hosting a live brewing demonstration using Admiral’s California grown floor malt.
  • BBQ & Burger Extravaganza: Indulge in mouthwatering BBQ pulled pork, smoked hot links, Oklahoma smash burgers, vegan brats, and savory sides, expertly prepared to complement the flavorful brews. Mains: $10; Savory Sides: $5
  • Craft Whiskey Tasting: Sample artisanal whiskies from craft distillers, showcasing the unique character imparted by Admiral’s artisan floor malt. Price $20.
  • VIP Experience: Elevate your festival experience with early access, a selection of craft whiskies, and food tickets included. Price: $75

General Admission = $50

  • Unlimited Beer Tasting from 1pm to 5pm (Last Call at 4:30pm)
  • Live Music
  • Regularly scheduled Malt House Tours
  • Commemorative glassware

VIP = $75

  • All that is included in General Admission pricing plus:
  • Early Access (Entry and tasting starting at 12pm)
  • $10 Food Voucher (2 tickets)
  • 2 x 1/2 oz. Whiskey Tasters

Add Ons: Whiskey Tasting = $20

  • Four x 1/2 oz Whiskey Tasters (limit 1 per ticket)

Food Tickets: $5 each; $10 minimum

  • Mains (Sandwiches, burgers, bbq plates) = 2 tickets aka $10
  • Savory Sides = 1 ticket aka $5

What’s on Tap?

Beers brewed with our special Haná Pils malt collab from the following breweries:

  • Alaro
  • Alvarado St.
  • Breakeven
  • Brewbilt
  • Drakes
  • DTSJ
  • East Brother / Harmonic collab
  • Headlands
  • Highland Park
  • Olfactory
  • Old Caz
  • pFriem
  • Pond Farm
  • Sierra Nevada

In addition, we’ll have beer from the following breweries, and more, all brewed from CA grown, freshly kilned, floor malted barley:

  • Discretion
  • Fox Tale
  • Freewheel
  • Hanabi
  • Mad Fritz
  • Seismic
  • Standard Deviant

But wait, there’s more! The add-on whiskey flight includes the following (all made with CA grown Admiral malt):

  • 117 West Yolo Gold Malted Wheat Whiskey
  • Home Base Bourbon
  • Redwood Empire Foggy Burl
  • Savage & Cook Rye


June 29


The Rake at Admiral Maltings, 651A, West Tower Avenue, Alameda, California, 94501