Robert Sinskey at Foreign Cinema, Special Beers, Admiral Maltings

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The rake at work at Admiral Maltings in Alameda. Photo via Facebook.

Yo, winos! I know there are a bunch of Robert Sinskey Vineyards fans out there, and he’s going to be at ~FOREIGN CINEMA~ this Thursday January 25th. You’ll not only enjoy pours of his organic, biodynamic-certified wines that are built for food, but you’ll also get to chat with him.

Wine director Shannon Tucker is going to be hosting six winemakers from the West Coast throughout the year at Foreign Cinema, here’s the list so you can mark your calendar: March 8th, with Jill Klein Matthiasson from Matthiasson Wines; May 17th, with Andrew Mariani from Scribe Winery; July 19th, with Jesse Skiles of Fausse Piste; September 6th, with Andy Peay of Peay Vineyards; and November 8th, with Eric Sussman from Radio-Coteau.

You looking ahead to SF Beer Week (Feb 9th-18th)? A bunch of events are on the calendar, from brunches to brewery tours. But if you are eager to crack into a cold one right now, Fort Point Beer is hosting a can release party for their new Resonance this Saturday January 27th at Drexl Bar in Oakland (5pm-10pm). Here’s more: “Resonance is an elegant new take on the classic saison style. A blend of two fermentations—one dry and earthy, one tart—creates juicy citrus notes, balanced by subtle spice and an effervescent finish.” After the initial release event, the beer will be available at locations throughout California starting January 31st. 

While we’re in the East Bay, there’s something new brewing in Alameda: Ron Silberstein of ThirstyBear Brewing Company, Dave McLean of Magnolia Brewing Company, and Curtis Davenport, who has an extensive background in organic farming and small batch malting, came together to launch ~ADMIRAL MALTINGS~ last fall. Their 20,000-square-foot malthouse is the first barley floor-malting facility in California since pre-Prohibition, and California’s only CCOF-certified malting operation. They are partnering with California farmers to source quality and sustainably grown grain and produce exceptional handcrafted malt that will express local terroir.

But the news is that there’s a new onsite pub overlooking their floor-malting production, The Rake. They will exclusively serve beers brewed with Admiral malts—featuring 20 beers on draft and two cask-conditioned ales—all accompanied with rustic pub food, like cured meats, cheese boards, sandwiches (Reuben, Italian hoagie), snacks like smoked whitefish toast and pickled quail eggs, and more. The Rake opens on Friday January 26th. Hours are Mon-Fri 3pm-9pm, Sat 12pm-9pm, and Sun 12pm-8pm. The Rake will soon open for lunch (during the week) once they are up and running. 651 W. Tower Ave. at Pan Am Way, Alameda.