Posted on: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 8:02 AM
by Allyson Ryan
We have all heard about Monterey County’s chardonnays and pinot noirs, but beer? That’s right! Peter B’s Brewpub in downtown Monterey (part of Portola Hotel & Spa) operates the only micro-brewery in Monterey. The unique brewpub creates up to ten different micro-brews at a time with varieties ranging from ale, wheat to stout.
The brewery is visible from the bar/restaurant but Jessica, Assistant Manager of Peter B’s, let me have a sneak peek inside. She briefly described the beer making process. Beer begins in the masher, ferments in a 40 gallon fermentation tank, sits in a conditioning tank, undergoes carbonation and ends up in a keg. The entire process takes approximately two weeks from start to finish.
Enough education, time to taste! I moseyed onto the outdoor patio and tried a typical beer flight. Beer flights include four separate four ounce beers for a reasonable price of $6.50. The beers on my flight included Belly Up Blonde, Witty Fool Belgian Wit Beer, Inclusion Amber Ale and Stout Resistance; however, guests can choose which four beers they would like to sample.
Jessica informed me that it’s always best to taste from light to dark. As expected I was a sucker for the two lighter beers, Belly Up Blonde, which was your typical blonde ale and Belgian Wit Beer, which had a citrus peel aftertaste. The Stout Resistance was also quite tasty with a cocoa finish.
And what’s great beer without fried bar food? Peter B’s incorporates their freshly brewed beer into just about everything like brew rings, ale and garlic chicken sandwich, beer batter artichoke hearts and stout marinated strawberries.
For those that can’t get enough of the savory suds, join the Mug Club! Mug Club members enjoy discounted beer prices and receive their own 25 ounce personal mug. Not into the whole beer thing? Don’t worry, Peter B’s also has a full bar including specialty scotches and martinis.
Peter B’s Brewpub is located at 2 Portola Plaza in Monterey, behind the Portola Hotel & Spa. Peter B’s is open Sunday from 9:30am-11pm, Monday-Thursday from 11am-11pm and Friday-Saturday from 11am-1am. Visit their Facebook page for events and specials.
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Author: Allyson Ryan
As the Content Marketing Manager at the Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Allyson manages digital marketing and social media for SeeMonterey. If she's not taking scenic pictures around the county, you are likely to find her on the Monterey Bay Coastal Rec Trail, sipping wine in Carmel Valley, or hiking in Big Sur.