Half Moon Bay Brewing Company celebrates SF Beer Week 2017 starting Feb. 10

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Special Beer Releases, Pop-up Pourings, Events and more for SF Beer Week 2017

(Half Moon Bay, CA) – Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, a popular Coastside venue best known for its come-as-you-are atmosphere, fresh seafood and award-winning, craft beer, and its first outpost, Pacific Standard Taproom & Growler Station, the premier destination for craft beer in Berkeley, will offer a slew of special beer releases including the Ocho Barril Series No. 3, pop-up pourings throughout the Bay Area, and exciting events such as Baby Brewery Night on February 16 and the Bay Area IPA Challenge on February 17 in honor of San Francisco Beer Week (February 10-19).

Special Releases
Available beginning February 10

Under the direction of lauded Brewmaster James Costa since 2013, the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company has introduced a number of renowned beers, including the Full Swing IPA and California’s first beer made using recycled water from NASA. In celebration of San Francisco Beer Week, the Brewing Company will release the following brews:

* Belgian White Collaboration with Benoit Casper: This Belgian-inspired White Beer was brewed in collaboration with Benoit Casper Brewing Company. Half Moon Brewing Company’s house Belgian yeast strain, dried orange peel, coriander, and a bunch of wheat malt make this beer as true to style as possible not mention hazy, fruity, spicy and incredibly refreshing. 5.1% ABV

* Crazy for Coconuts!: The Half Moon Bay Brewing Company brewed this porter with the coconut lover in mind. Conditioned on toasted cacao nibs, vanilla and 50 lbs. of toasted coconut, this beer is bursting with dessert-like flavors without being cloyingly sweet. 6.7% ABV

* I Need a Miracle XXIPA: Brewed in collaboration with Peter Hoey from Brewer’s Supply Group, this IPA is all about the hard-to-get hops, hence the miracle. It starts off with a soft bitterness that showcases a blend of Simpsons Best Pale malt and Weyermann Premium Pilsner malt for a nice up front malt hop balance. The miracle hops in this year’s version are whole cone Cashmere and Mosaic hops.

* Lost in the Fog: An IPA brewed in collaboration with Half Moon Bay Brewing Company’s neighbor Hop Dogma uses revived heritage malts such as Citra, El Dorado, Denali, Idaho 7, plus Denali and El Dorado flowers.

* Papa Juice Old Ale: A small batch, limited release old ale, aged six months in Redemption rye whiskey barrels. The deep ruby red color lets you know you’re in for a smooth ride, while the American hops add a well-distinguished dryness to the finish. The sweetness of the beer has been transformed by the oak and whiskey in the barrel, resulting in a treacherously easy drinking old ale that can keep you warm on even the coldest night. 13.1% ABV

* Red Sails in the Sunset: During the winter months in Half Moon Bay, residents and guests are treated to some of the most beautiful sunsets. As the boats float in the harbor, they are basked in the wonderful colors as the sun makes its daily departure from the sky. That very image is what the Brewing Company hoped to capture in Ocho Barril Series No. 3. A Flanders Red inspired beer, Red Sails in the Sunset was aged in oak for a total of eighteen months, with the last four months aged upon tart cherries from Michigan. This beer is bright, oaky, complex, and best paired with fading daylight. 7.3% ABV

* The Bat Flip XXXIPA: Brewed with Citra, Simcoe, Mosaic, Denali, and Ekuanot, in all the different hop formats available. The beer is also made with whole cone, pellet, CO2 extract, and Lupulin powder. 11.4% ABV

San Francisco Beer Week Special Events

Limited Draught & Bottle Release Party
Saturday, February 11
Pacific Standard Taproom & Growler Station (2055 Center Street, Berkeley)
Starts at 7 p.m.

Half Moon Bay Brewing Company will kick off San Francisco Beer Week with their biggest beer release ever of seven never-before-seen brews. Special draught releases include a Double and Triple IPA, a Belgian White Ale collaboration with Benoit-Casper, an IPA collaboration with Hop Dogma, and a chocolate-vanilla-coconut Porter. In addition, 22 oz. bottles of Papa Juice Old Ale aged in Redemption Rye Whiskey barrels, and 750 ml. bottles of the Ocho Barril Flanders Red, Red Sails in the Sunset, will be available to enjoy on premise or to-go.

Baby Brewery Night
Monday, February 13
Pacific Standard Taproom & Growler Station (2055 Center Street, Berkeley)
Starts at 7 p.m.

Check out some of the newest breweries in the Bay Area at Baby Brewery night, one of San Francisco Beer Week’s most popular events for more than a decade. Once held at Barclay’s Restaurant & Pub, Baby Brewery Night will be held for the first time at Pacific Standard Taproom & Growler Station. Participating breweries include Beniot Casper Brewing Company, East Brother Beer Company, Gilman Brewing Company, Hop Dogma, Novel Brewing Company, Tesmescal Brewing and more.

Beer & Comedy Night
Thursday, February 16
Pacific Standard Taproom & Growler Station (2055 Center Street, Berkeley)
Starts at 8 p.m.

In celebration of San Francisco Beer Week, Pacific Standard & Growler Station will host its first annual Beer & Comedy Night. The event will feature local comics courtesy of pilots Brandon Garner and Jesse Hett, some of the best local craft beer and organic bar bites.

Bay Area IPA Challenge
Friday, February 17
Pacific Standard Taproom & Growler Station (2055 Center Street, Berkeley)
Starts at 7 p.m.

The long-running Bay Area IPA Challenge has been a mainstay of San Francisco Beer Week for more than 10 years. The event, once held at Barclays Restaurant & Pub, has found a new home this year at Pacific Standard Taproom & Growler Station. Guests are welcome to enjoy a fun night of healthy competition in this blind challenge. Participating breweries include Altamont Beer Works, Beniot Casper Brewing Company, Drake’s Brewing Company, Faction Brewing Company, Fort Point Beer Company, Hop Dogma, 21st Amendment Brewery and more.

Half Moon Bay and Hop Dogma Specialty Tap Takeover
Saturday, February 18
Hopwater Distribution (850 Bush Street, San Francisco)
Starts at 6 p.m.

Half Moon Bay Brewing Company and Hop Dogma are joining forces and coming up the Coast to showcase several beers in celebration of San Francisco Beer Week. To add to the fun, Hopwater’s beloved Chef John will make his famous Beer Braised Beef and Cheese SuperFrys so guests are encouraged to bring their appetites.

Special Release Pourings

In honor of San Francisco Beer Week, the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company will pour their special releases at the following locations:

San Francisco Beer Week Opening Gala
Friday, February 10
6 to 10 p.m.

Brews and Brats, Hayward – Tap Night
Friday, February 10
6 to 9 p.m.

Stuft Pizza, Milpitas
Monday, February 13
4 to 7 p.m.

Liquid Bread, Campbell – Tap Night
Tuesday, February 14
5:30 to 8 p.m.

Wine Affairs, San Jose – Tap Takeover
Tuesday, February 14
5 to 9 p.m.

SPiN, SF – Brewmaster Ping Pong a Palooza
Wednesday, February 15
6 to 9 p.m.

Taplands, Santa Clara – Tap Night
Friday, February 17
5 to 9 p.m.

Hermitage Brewing Company, San Jose – Meet the Brewer Festival
Saturday, February 18
1 to 5 p.m.

Zeitgeist, SF – IPA All Day
Sunday, February 19
9 a.m. to close


Selected by Coastal Living magazine as one of America’s Best Coastal Breweries, Men’s Fitness as one of America’s Top Ten Craft Breweries and Travel + Leisure magazine as one of America’s Best Beach Bars, the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company is situated on picturesque Pillar Point Harbor overlooking the Marina in Half Moon Bay. The Brewing Company expertly pairs a family-friendly, come-as-you-are atmosphere with a winning combination of fresh, sustainable seafood, craft beers, live music and an expansive, dog-friendly patio area with blazing fire pits to keep patrons warm on the waterfront. The Brewing Company is a casual coastal venue that has become an institution in the Half Moon Bay area for locals and visitors alike since opening in 2000. With its warm, wood-toned interior, expansive windows to the ocean, and walls dotted with surf memorabilia, the 6,000-square-foot restaurant and bar is reminiscent of a typical California surf shack. Behind the restaurant lie the 1,200
square-foot Mavericks Beer Garden and on-site brewery, where hand-crafted, award-winning Beers & Ales are piped directly to the bar. Winner of a gold medal at the 2015 U.S. Open Beer Championship, a silver medal at the 2015 California State Fair, and two silver medals at the 2016 California State Fair, the Brewing Company has set the standard for craft beer in the San Francisco Bay Area for the past sixteen years.

The Half Moon Bay Brewing Company is located at 390 Capistrano Road in Half Moon Bay, Calif. The hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to close; Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. to close. To book a reservation, please call 650-728- BREW (2739) or visit Dinnerwire.com. Additional information may be found at www.hmbbrewingco.com (http://www.hmbbrewingco.com/) .

The Half Moon Bay Brewing Company also manages the neighboring Mavericks Event Center which overlooks the picturesque Pillar Point Harbor and is the ideal setting for weddings, celebrations, retreats and corporate events. Named for the famed surf break just up the beach, the Mavericks Event Center sits on a large oceanfront bluff, with an indoor ballroom that can accommodate up to 150 guests, (100 seated), plus a spacious outdoor deck and harbor view garden. For more information please visit www.maverickseventcenter.com.


In 2016, the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company opened its first outpost: Pacific Standard Taproom & Growler Station, the premier destination for craft beer in the heart of Berkeley. Dedicated to setting the bar for craft beer on the West Coast, Pacific Standard Taproom & Growler Station offers a wide variety of 15 to 20 local and regional beers on tap, with up to 50 percent of the beer sourced from the on-site brewery at Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, in a cool, relaxing coastal atmosphere.

In addition to craft beers, the taproom offers a rotating assortment of ciders, Northern California wines and a selection of exceptional, unique beers from the Bay area and beyond, while the on-premise bottle shop features growlers and bottles of popular beers brewed at the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company. Pacific Standard also offers a small, eclectic menu featuring locally sourced charcuterie, cheeses, pretzels, salads and panini sandwiches to complement the taproom’s local beer, wine and cider.

Pacific Standard Taproom & Growler Station is located at 2055 Center Street in Berkeley, Calif. The taproom is open seven days a week: Monday through Thursday from 3-11 p.m., Friday through Saturday from 12:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. and Sunday from 12-10 p.m. More information may be found at pacificstandardtaproom.com.

visit-california-increases-traveler-interest-with-youtube-campaign_case-studies_lg_300This coverage is made possible in part thanks to the generous support of Visit California, which flew us out to Northern California to tour one dozen breweries across San Francisco, Sacramento, Berkeley, Oakland and Sonoma. For more information on California’s craft beer boom, visit here.


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