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RESTAURANTS

Half Moon Bay Brewing Co.

Brewing Success

PHOTO CREDIT: Chris Andre
Half Moon Bay Brewing Co. believes much of its success is the result of its "very fun, innovative menu,"
according to Director of Sales Mary Oldham. The company's menu focuses on local seafood, but it also offers
a range of "interesting, eclectic items" such as nachos and beer brat pops. Its signature item is a fisherman's
stew that mixes fresh fish, shellfish and linguica sausage in a garlic and saffron broth with cilantro.

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PHOTO CREDIT: Paul Kirchner

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In the last year, Half Moon Bay has
grown stronger on the beer side,
Oldham says.
"We are definitely getting our beer in
more of the local bars and restaurants,"
she says.
"Most of our beer sales are right
from the brewery," she continues. "We
are trying to expand so we can satisfy
the outside towns that like our beers as
well as keep the taps flowing in the
restaurants."
The company also is canning and
distributing three of its beers in
Northern California: Chocolate Porter,
Rye Pale Ale and Belgian Wit. "We're
getting our feelers out in the Northwest
and Midwest, as well," she says.
The Brewing Co. plans to stay in the
microbrewery niche, Oldham explains.
However, "We want to get more publicity for our beer," Oldham says, noting
the company has won awards for its
beers and ales. Mavericks Amber Ale
won the Bronze Medal in the 2012
World Beer Cup.

Taking to New Levels
Oldham praises the Brewing Co.'s team,
which includes General Manager Nate
Rey, who grew up in the area and
gained experience at Mullen's Bar and
Grill and P.F. Chang's China Bistro Inc.
"He's brought us up to a new level as
far as teamwork, service and accountability, as well as helping us getting our
brand out there," she says.
Its executive chef, Gaston Alfaro,
carries 30 years of cooking experience,
Oldham adds. "We will get requests at
our event space for a certain cuisine,
and he will source it right down to the
spices," she says.
She also praises Brewmaster James
Costa, who has 17 years' experience
working at craft breweries in Northern
California, and Head Brewer Shane
Aldrich, whose experience includes
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery,
Lagunitas Brewing Co. and Devil's
Canyon Brewing Co.


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