A Road Trip for Beer to The Half Moon Bay Brewing Company
One California coastal gem is The Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, where some of the state’s best beers reside and world class surfers from around the globe congregate for the outstanding cuisine, the eclectic beer and some of the world’s best waves nearby at the annual Maverick event.
Highly talented and passionate Chef Gaston Alfaro’s Yucatan-Asian influenced cuisine is truly remarkable and will entice any couple to return on their next visit, regardless of the surf.
Delightful seafood dishes, savory sauces, tantalizing salads and painstakingly homemade from scratch gourmet desserts are enjoyed by all ages in this fun, surf-side locals’ eatery overlooking the bay. Great beer and astoundingly excellent fare marry perfectly in this establishment where the food is impeccable yet the ambiance is relaxed and casual both in the dining room and out on the heated patio which, by the way, is a favorite for those traveling with pets.
Some of our favorites were the Bootlegger’s Brown Ale, Belgium Dubbel, Princeton By the Sea IPA, Maverick’s Amber Ale, and Pinot Barrel Quadrupel, a Belgian style “quad” aged in Pinot Noir barrels. They also have several seasonal Ports, Stouts and Ales and a half-dozen beers on tap.
The homemade won tons and chips with Yucatan Ceviche with mango salsa was to die for, as was the satisfying and impeccable Portuguese Fisherman’s Stew chock full of fresh catch, shellfish, and linguica. It oozed with garlic and saffron and cilantro.
We loved the Beeramisu made just like it sounds as a Tiramisu but with stout. Unbelievable rich goodness!
And in an attempt to inject a little fun – and beer – into the 2012 presidential election season, Half Moon Bay is offering limited “Alection” brews in two bottle designs – one adorned with the face of the incumbent president and the other with a portrait of the Republican challenger. You can cast a vote with your purchase; results will be announced November 6.
Carmel L. Mooney is editor of our sister site Road Trips for Couples.