Healthy Grains, the soul of beer and the heart of the matter!

  • August 19, 2021
  • by Tim Mullins
After a long Covid-19 hibernation, we’ve spent much time reflecting on the future of ThirstyBear and our place as a Certified Organic Brewery and Green Business in downtown San Francisco. As we planned our reopening, we felt most compelled to double down on our commitment to the Earth, to the climate, and to all of our health! Our focus on sustainably grown California grains now includes both our brewery and kitchen. We spent this winter and spring researching, going on field trips and building new relationships in the agriculture world that surrounds the Bay Area!
The focus of our kitchen grain program is to allow the flavors in the grain to take center stage. The toppings are fresh, local, and creative, but the blend of flour for our pretzels and flatbreads is the really the heart of the matter!  Heirloom and heritage varieties are grown locally, sustainably and freshly stone ground weekly by our miller David Kaisel at Capay Mills in Esparto, just west of Davis, CA. Our special proprietary “Bear Blend” of grain supports regenerative agriculture, is less water intensive and uses significantly fewer chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and insecticides. The grains ThirstyBear uses taste better, are more complex, and feature freshly milled flour not found in any other restaurant that we are aware of.  These grains are healthier for the soil, the climate, and healthier for the body!
Our kitchen approach mirrors our brewery where malted grain is the soul of our beers! No Malt – No Beer! Malt is grain that has been slightly germinated to make the grain sugars water soluble for the brewer to extract, and then dried in a kiln for color and flavor. All of our grains are sustainably grown in California, floor malted and freshly kilned at Admiral Maltings across the bay in Alameda.  Floor malting creates a depth of flavor and character unavailable in industrial malts. Brewing with freshly malted grain provides aroma and flavors akin to freshly baked bread or freshly roasted coffee – their stale mass produced,  industrially farmed cousins simply can’t compare….
Check back here often as we continue to tell our story and connect you with our commitment to local sustainable farming, agriculture and its translation onto our menu!