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March 2015 Happenings at Half Moon Bay Brewing Company

Outdoor patio with a view at Half Moon Bay Brewing Company
Outdoor patio with a view at Half Moon Bay Brewing Company

Sometimes nothing beats a visit to the coast in Half Moon Bay for the fresh air and a leisurely stroll along the shoreline. At least for my family and me. And the first stop after the quicker-than-it-seems hour drive is often at Half Moon Bay Brewing Company (390 Capistrano Rd.) to enjoy the tasty food and beers. Another visit soon to the Brewing Company seems very likely, thanks in large part to the specials taking place this month.

Beer + Grilled Cheese Pairings

In conjunction with Half Moon Bay Brewing’s participation in the 9th Annual California’s Artisan Cheese Festival later in the month, Chef Gaston Alfaro and Brewmaster James Costa have created a Beer + Grilled Cheese pairing menu that will change weekly in March and will include a pint of beer, the gourmet grilled cheese sandwich and a choice of a seasonal side for $20. Each week the focaccia bread will be made with a different house-brewed beer, depending on the flavor profiles of the sandwich.

Beer + Grilled Cheese Menu

March 2 – 8: Caprese Grilled Cheese

  • Roasted Roma tomatoes, fresh basil, buffalo mozzarella, basil pesto, baby spinach and arugula with a balsamic vinaigrette
  • Paired with Pillar Point Pale Ale

March 9 – 15: Linguica + Red Hawk Grilled Cheese

  • Seared linguica, housemade beer mustard, Cowgirl Creamery Red Hawk, sharp cheddar, baby spinach and arugula with sweet and spicy onions
  • Paired with IPA

March 16 – 22: Humboldt Fog Grilled Cheese

  • Cypress Grove Humboldt Fog goat cheese, provolone, roasted grapes, baby spinach and arugula
  • Paired with Not For Sale Saison

March 23 – 29: Cochinita Queso Blanco Grilled Cheese

  • Pork Cochinita, pepper jack, provolone, jalapeño, baby spinach, bell pepper and red onion with a honey lime vinaigrette
  • Paired with Amber Ale

St. Patrick’s Day Specials

The Brewing Company will feature St. Ginger Irish Red Ale (5.6% ABV). This seasonal beer – which pours a deep red color and has characteristics of a heavy malt flavor, a fresh, smooth mouthfeel and a toasted dry finish – complements the St. Patrick’s Day menu, which will be available from Fri., Mar. 13 to Tues., Mar. 17.

St. Patrick’s Day Menu

St. Paddy’s Day Salad

  • Avocado, applewood smoked bacon, mandarin oranges, baby mixed greens, spinach vinaigrette. $18.

Corned Beef & Cabbage

  • Homemade corned beef, pickled cabbage, fingerling potatoes, baby carrots and mustard sauce. $18.
    Corned Beef Hash with Eggs ($13.50) will be available for breakfast on the weekend only.

There will also be live music throughout the weekend.

Brews and Views

This year marks the 6th year of Brews and Views, a monthly discussion held on the first Thursday of the month that is free and open to the public and invites members of the community to join organizers for a beer and fresh views on American politics and social issues. Brews and Views, begun in Nov. 2009, is the brainchild of HMB Brewing Company owner Lenny Mendonca, a retired senior partner of the San Francisco and Washington D.C. offices of McKinsey & Company.

This month’s Brews and Views takes place March 5 at the Mavericks Event Center and features an exclusive screening of Merchants of Doubt by Participant Media, the company that has brought the ground-breaking documentaries An Inconvenient Truth, Food, Inc., Waiting for “Superman” and Citizenfour. Merchants of Doubt focuses its attention on the troubling story of a group of influential scientists who have clouded public understanding to further a political agenda.

The movie screening is complimentary, but reservations are required. Additionally, “Dinner and a Movie” tickets are available for $30 per person, which include tax and gratuity. Tickets can be purchased online, and the dinner menu is listed below.

Pasta Bar

  • Roasted Vegetable Pasta
  • Fresh seasonal vegetables marinated in garlic, balsamic vinegar and fresh herbs, tossed in homemade marinara sauce over penne pasta
  • Chicken Pesto Primavera
  • Grilled chicken breast with penne pasta and mixed seasonal vegetables in a fresh pesto sauce

Fresh Seasonal Salad Bar

  • Baby Mixed Greens
  • Organic local mixed greens with tomato, cucumber, artichoke hearts, red onions, and carrots. Choice of housemade balsamic vinaigrette or ranch dressing
  • Classic Caesar Salad
  • Fresh Romaine, asiago cheese, housemade croutons with housemade Caesar dressing
  • Chef’s Cookie Assortment

Mavericks Brewing Releases Tunnel Vision IPA

A visit to Half Moon Bay Brewing Company also provides the opportunity to enjoy the offerings of Mavericks Brewing. Launched last June and led by CEO Steve Morgan, Mavericks Brewing is an independent craft brewery devoted to creating innovative craft beer in cans and is the official licensee of the Mavericks beer brand originated by Half Moon Bay Brewing. Consider Mavericks Brewing the sister brewery to HMB Brewing.

After product development and testing throughout 2013 with assistance from Pete Slosberg of Pete’s Wicked Ale fame, Mavericks Brewing solidified its market position and focused its attention on creating exceptional canned craft beer.

Mavericks Brewing released their fourth beer earlier last month – Tunnel Vision IPA – their first non-session beer at 6.8% ABV and over 100 IBUs. The IPA is made from a combination of Columbus, Chinook and Crystal hops and is a strong, dry ale that blurs the line between a single and double IPA. “We are extremely excited to unveil the Tunnel Vision IPA in cans…” says Morgan. “It started as a special Half Moon Bay Brewing Company release to celebrate the opening of the tunnels at Devil’s Slide on Highway 1. It immediately sold out, and we’ve had people asking for more ever since.”

Mavericks Brewing takes its name from the legendary big wave surf spot which is located directly offshore from the Brewing Company. Head Brewer Shane Aldrich leads the Mavericks brewing team, with assistance from Brewmaster Costa.

South Bay folks can find Mavericks beers at the Brewing Company and a bevy of other local establishments that carry craft beer, including Cost Plus World Markets.

[This post was shared on Examiner.com.]

Scenes from the 2013 SF Beer Week Opening Celebration

The first San Francisco Beer Week took place in 2009, and was reportedly the first of its kind in the country. Now, there are well over 100 beer weeks taking place in various cities and regions throughout the world.

For this year’s Fifth Annual SF Beer Week, there were over 500 craft beer-related events taking place over ten days throughout the Bay Area, including the South Bay, East Bay, San Francisco, and North Bay regions. These 500+ events were 35% greater than last year’s record numbers.

There was only one event that I attended outside of the South Bay, and that was the amazing Opening Celebration that took place on the first day of SF Beer Week, Friday Feb. 8, 2013, at San Francisco’s Concourse Exhibition Center presented by the San Francisco Brewers Guild and their partners.

Here are some pics from the event.

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When in Rome… Excitedly headed right over to Santa Rosa’s Russian River Brewing Company for some Pliny the Younger.

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Pliny the Younger.

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Russian River Brewing co-owner and president Natalie Cilurzo holding court.

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A pic of Russian River Brewing co-owner and brewmaster Vinnie Cilurzo.

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Jack Van Stone, Eureka’s Lost Coast Brewery Northern CA sales manager.

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Time for some Drake’s Brewing Company of San Leandro.

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And their Hopocalypse Black Label.

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Who’s this funny guy?

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It’s Palo Alto Brewing Company founder and brewer Kasim Syed (middle) with siblings Sikandar (left) and Alia (right).

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San Jose’s Hermitage Brewing Company brand manager Peter Estaniel.

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South Bay’s Strike Brewing Company co-founder and brewmaster Drew Ehrlich (right).

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Morgan Hill’s El Toro Brewing Company and founders Geno and Cindy Acevedo.

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Enjoying El Toro Brewing India Pale Ale.

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Snapped a pic of Pittsburg’s Heretic Brewing Company crew with founder and brewmaster Jamil Zainasheff (second from left).

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Lincoln’s Knee Deep Brewing Company.

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Knee Deep Brewing Hoptologist on cask.

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Trumer Pils.

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Rob Monroe, bar manager and events coordinator for downtown San Jose’s Original Gravity Public House.

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Rosamunde Sausage Grill.

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Berkeley’s Bison Brewing owner and brewer Dan Del Grande.

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Rudy Kuhn, Lagunitas market manager for the Santa Clara County, Central Coast, and Central Valley areas.

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Jake McCluskey, manager of Kelly’s Liquors in San Jose.

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Antoine Riffis – Firestone Walker Silicon Valley and East Bay regional sales manager, Rudy, and Rob.

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High Water Brewing president and brewmaster Steve Altimari.

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A pic of the entrance area with folks continuing to roll in.

Jay Brooks – veteran beer writer and Bay Area guy.

Just checking the line for Russian River Brewing. Not surprisingly, I heard that they had run out of their Pliny the Younger rather quickly.

Chico’s Sierra Nevada Brewing Company.

Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Celebrator Beer News 25th Anniversary Double Pale Ale.

San Jose’s Gordon Biersch Brewing Company.

Gordon Biersch Zwickel Bock.

Half Moon Bay Brewing Company brewmaster James Costa and San Jose’s Hermitage Brewing Company lead brewer Greg Filippi.

Palo Alto Brewing Cool Beanz Coffee Porter.

Alex Slosberg and Will Shelton of Mavericks Beer and brewmaster James of Half Moon Bay Brewing.

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This event marked the public debut of the beers of Mavericks Beer, created in partnership with Half Moon Bay Brewing.

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Pete Slosberg of Mavericks Beer (and of Pete’s Wicked Ales fame) drew a crowd most of the entire time we were there.

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Pete is a craft beer pioneer and Bay Area guy.

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What a “worthy” highlight from that evening!

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There were over 65 Northern California breweries, ranging from new nanobrewers to the craft brewing pioneers. I heard that last year’s Opening Celebration was really great, but I’m sure that this year’s was even better. The dozens of folks I’ve spoken to have had nothing but praise for this year’s event.

Pliny the Younger and Hopocalypse Black Label were certainly memorable, and I had the good fortune of enjoying all the beers I tasted. Catching up with all the South Bay folks was fun as usual. Experiencing the debut of Mavericks beers and hanging a bit with the premier Bay Area beer scribes (can’t believe I forgot to take a picture with Celebrator’s Mike Pitzker – got too caught up in talking with him) were also treats. But without a doubt, the highlight of the evening was the chance to spend some quality time with wifey – a big thanks to my bro’ for childsitting that evening.

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Always Grateful,