Chances are you live a stone’s throw away from a Thai restaurant in your neighborhood, and you’ve got a go-to local favorite for pad thai. These days I often find myself traveling north of Berkeley, where there’s quite a few wonderful Thai eateries clustered in Albany, El Cerrito and San Pablo locales.
Phil Cutti, Patrick Horn and Inna Volynskaya — all from other well-known breweries in the Bay Area — launched Headlands Brewing Company in July. They’re making five signature beers right now, attracting fans and gearing up for the Great American Festival. The only problem? They don’t actually have a brewery.
Malt is an essential component of beer, but most comes from a handful of industrial processors that pool grains from across the U.S. and Canada. Now, a small but growing number of craft malt houses are malting grains from small regional farmers, enabling microbreweries to offer truly local beers.