This is a typical sports bar with a bunch of TVs tuned to Monday Night Football. There is a nice curved wooden bar with a dozen stools. There are also 8 tables and about 15 booths. Itís a nice clean place attached to an upscale hotel. There is a decent bar food menu. The beers are rather mediocre, but the staff is friendly and helpful. There is an excellent selection of single malt scotch. The prices are very reasonable and Itís a fun place to hang out.
A walk from Alvarado, in the Portola Hotel complex. Quite busy on a Tuesday, with outdoor seating as well as a bar area inside. Service was prompt and good. Beers available as flights of 5 for $7.50. Did not try the food, but the beers were mostly so-so.
The place is a little tough to find in the Portola Plaza Hotel complex; once you park and enter the hotel, just ask somebody and theyíll tell you where it is. I visited this week for the first time in several years. They have added a nice little outdoor patio. In order to take full advantage of its charms, come in the early afternoon when the sun is over head. They also have heat lamps for the cooler evenings. I presume that the place might get some decent business in the evenings when conferences are in town; it has been fairly dead during the off peak times I have visited. Their beers are ok; a couple of them were completely off style, but still tasted decent and their darker ones, the stout and the brown, were slightly above average. Worth a visit to knock out 5-6 beers in the sampler for $5.
SW corner of the huge hotel. Itís tucked back, almost like trying to find a cave entrance. The small sign nearby didnít help me much. Iím pretty sure the beer is brewed offsite; didnít ask though. The best bet near the bay. There are other spots up Alvarado. Worth the sampler.
Stopped in on my way back from SF Beer Week. This was a bit of a detour off of my 101 route but itís been years since Iíve been in Monterey. I had to ask directions from some random people to find the place as its hidden in the back of a shopping center.
The bar is very nicely done and clean. The bartender gave me 2 flights of 4 samples and since there were only 7 house beers he filled the last one with a rootbeer. I wasnít impressed with any of the beers but the Porter was the best. The guy pouring the beer was very nice, not overly knowledgeable about the beer but I get the feeling that that isnít really the point of this place. The others at the bar were drinking Bud Light and whiskey.
The crowd was a bit thin as it was a Thursday night but it seemed like more of a sports bar. I didnít eat but I did get out for less than $10 after tip for my 8 samples. Parking was also free at that time but I had to park in the structure, so be prepared to pay if you visit the place on a weekend.
Average brewpub with average to mediocre beers. The brewer was on premises, and we asked to say hi. We there there for over 2 hours, with a group of 6, and he never showed his face. Oh well, his loss. Food was average pub fare.
joet (105) Santa Rosa, California | October 7, 2008
Worth a stop. Itís pretty and the views are nice. Pleasant courtyard and outdoor dining. Beers are not bad though lacking in excitement.
With a mixed tourist and local crowd be sure to bring your own good company to this standard brewpub. They experiment with many different styles and some of them end up tasting really nice - but some donít.
Nice server, ok beers, ordered the fish and chips which was WAY more chips than fish. Rib tips were like overcooked bones with cry thin layer of what was passable for meet. 40 Acre Pale was quite nice, IPA was not great. Pretty sweet and iced tea strong.