Over the years I’ve made many trips to the West Coast…home of the California style IPA. It is my opinion that the best beers in the country come from California.
All of those trips have been to the Northern California area (San Francisco Bay area and environs). I haven’t been fortunate enough to make it to Nirvana for beer drinkers (San Diego) as of this posting.
My wife Julie and I have made numerous trips to Northern California…she goes for the wine and I go for the beer and the wine and the scenery and the beer. Did I mention, I go for the beer???
Our first trip to the Bay Area lead us to Half Moon Bay home of the Mavericks and Half Moon Bay Microbrewery. Half Moon Bay is a quaint little town about 30 miles to the south and west of San Francisco.
First off…what is a Maverick??? Mavericks are huge waves that people come to surf…It is an invitational event with only 24 pre-selected contestants…when notification goes out, the invitees have only 48 hours to get to Half Moon Bay to surf these huge waves, and by huge, I mean 50 to 60 foot waves. I’ve posted a link to a YouTube video below that shows people surfing these monster waves.
As you can see from the video, this isn’t for the faint of heart…I’m not a surfer but have seen many people surfing off of Pillar Point and Half Moon Bay.
On to Half Moon Bay Microbrewery; in their words…a place where beer matters. Half Moon Bay is located just up the road from the location where the Mavericks are surfed…they always have at least 10 of their beers on tap piped directly from the brewery to the bar. The brewmaster is always creating new beers. If you make it out, make sure you ask about the ever-changing seasonal list of brews. I highly recommend the Full Swing IPA for all of you hopheads out there…if you tend to like the lighter side of beer then go for the Amber Ale.
When it comes to the food…everything, and I mean everything is top notch!!! A few of my favorite items from the menu include grilled artichokes, the Seafood Duo which is Yucatán Ceviche and Ahi tuna poke. Served with housemade tropical salsa, fried wontons and tortilla chips. Sandwiches include a Kobe Brew Burger, Pesto and Chevre Chicken Sandwich, and for those that prefer a vegan sandwich, I would recommend the Gardein; a Vegan blend of soy, pea proteins, and ancient grains with sautéed mushrooms and onions on a whole wheat bun. As far as entrees I always go for the Prawns and Chips or the Baja Tacos.
There is also an extensive wine list and a full bar for those that choose not to partake in the local brews.
If the weather permits, I recommend sitting outside on their patio. There are fire pits and heaters spread throughout if it’s a bit chilly. What could be better than sitting on a patio listening to the waves crash, checking out the view of the marina and Pillar Point and drinking a good beer??? Unless of course there’s live entertainment on the patio…that’s always a good time too! I highly recommend that you make the trip to the Bay area…this is just one brewery in the area, my favorite since it was the first brewery that I visited in Northern California. HMB Brewing will always be near and dear to my heart.
Enjoy the views!!!
Julie and I at Half Moon Bay Marina.
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