The craft beer movement has exploded in recent years and Monterey County is no stranger to the epidemic. There are several craft breweries, beer houses and festivals that will help you wet your whistle throughout the region. Cheers!
Immerse your senses in the spirit of the area with brews such as Legend of Laguna IPA and Fort Ord Wheat at Peter B's Brewpub inside the Portola Hotel & Spa. As Monterey Bay's first craft brewery, Peter B's Brewpub continues to offer than a simple pint. The brewpub not only whips out delicious beers but their extensive pub menu pleases just about any palate including several beer-inspired dishes.
The newest addition to Monterey's brew scene is Alvarado Street Brewery & Grill. The neighborhood brewpub in the heart of downtown Monterey specializes in hop-forward ales, Belgians and experimental styles of craft beer. Be sure to pair some these unique hops with their locally sourced menu.
Although this location does not brew its own beer, the Cannery Row Brewing Company has an abundance of brilliant brews. With a selection of over 70 beers, they have everything from ales to lagers, porters to stouts, and much more. Whatever the season or time of day, there will be a beer on draft that will fit the bill. Right next to Cannery Row, CRBC is also a convenient place to grab a cold, hand-crafted beer with one of their weekly signature sandwiches.
With its local urban setting Post No Bills is a hidden treasure, oriented around service and convenience. The craft beer house is a beer lover's paradise with 15 draft brews and 200 bottled craft beers, hard ciders, wines and craft sodas. It's the perfect place to bring in some friends and food and be one of the first of many to enjoy new, seasonal craft beer. Cheers!
Every June the Monterey Beer Festival takes over the Monterey County Fair & Event Center for a culmination of all things suds! With over 80 beers up for tasting there's everything from unusual offerings from major beer companies as well as fantastic beers from unknown brewing companies from around the world.
In September Custom House Plaza in Monterey pours the finest craft beers around. Hosted by Peter B's Brewpub, the Monterey Beer Garden is an event for beer enthusiasts featuring California regional breweries within 150 miles of Monterey. Interact with over a dozen craft breweries as they pour the fruits of their labor alongside live music and gourmet bites.
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