Best Bar for Beer Nerds

The Rake

With multiple breweries, wineries, and distilleries in a single compact area, Alameda Point has become the place to get drunk on a Sunday. But for true beer nerds, the most exciting place to visit is easily The Rake. Where else can you watch the traditional floor malting process while drinking a beer? The answer is absolutely nowhere. (At least as far as we or the owners of The Rake can tell.) Attached to Admiral Maltings, California's first malting facility, The Rake pours 20 beers on tap all made with Admiral malt. While hops get all the glory in craft beer, The Rake demonstrates just how big a difference humble malt can make in a brew. After all, unlike hops, malt is actually an essential ingredient. The bar also boasts a pleasing, classic vibe with a mix of modern and industrial features, and it serves crowd-pleasing grub to make as much beer tasting happen as possible.

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