Half Moon Bay Announces June Brews and Views Forums

Half Moon Bay, Calif. – The Half Moon Bay Brewing Company invites members of the community to join celebrated guest panelists for back-to-back Brews and Views forums this June. Created in November 2009 by Lenny Mendonca, co-owner and founder of the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, Brews and Views is a monthly and sometimes bi-monthly discussion that is open to the public and might concern everything from economic development to social issues. This month’s topics include the screening of a documentary about the building of the Golden Gate Bridge on June 5, followed by a discussion about what can be done to keep the Princeton Harbor beaches contamination-free on June 19.

On Thursday, June 5, Brews and Views welcomes the community to attend a very special live documentary screening of “From Vision to Icon: Building the Golden Gate Bridge.” Attendees will hear the story of San Francisco’s 20-year effort to overcome political, financial, environmental and development challenges in order to build the Golden Gate Bridge. From the engineers and designers who revolutionized bridge-building and the thousands of workers who risked their lives, to the community leaders who realized the initial benefits of a bridge, attendees will receive an insider’s look at the creation of one of the world’s most beautiful landmarks. Following the film, the audience is welcome to join in a discussion with the film’s writer and narrator, Peter Moylan.

Thursday, June 5, 6-8 p.m., Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, 390 Capistrano Road, Half Moon Bay; Admission and snacks are complimentary; beer, wine and full menu available for purchase.

On Thursday, June 19, Brews and Views is proud to welcome Kellyx Nelson, Executive Director of the San Mateo County Resource Conservation District, to the Brewing Company along with moderator TJ Glauthier, President of the Board of Directors of the San Mateo County Resource Conservation District (RCD). This public discussion will focus on the bacterial contamination of some beaches in Pillar Point Harbor. According to a recently released study headed up by the RCD, the contamination is largely the result of upland sources and human behavior rather than any activity within the harbor. The discussion will focus on several coastside beaches and what can be done to keep them contamination-free.

Thursday, June 19, 2014, 6-8 p.m., Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, 390 Capistrano Road, Half Moon Bay; Admission and snacks are complimentary; beer, wine and full menu available for purchase.

Ten percent of the proceeds from all dinner sales at Half Moon Bay Brewing Company for these events will be donated to the Cabrillo Education Foundation.

To make a reservation or inquire about future Brews and Views topics please call 650-728-2739 or visit http://www.hmbbrewingco.com.

Speaker biographies:

Peter Moylan is a San Francisco history buff and Golden Gate Bridge historian. In 1997, he created “San Francisco ThenÔǪand Now,” a walking tour telling the story of San Francisco from Native American village to the City of today. Moylan was also a docent at the original Museum of the City of San Francisco at Ghirardelli Square and volunteered for the San Francisco Museum and Historical Society as an assistant to the programs chair. One of two Golden Gate Bridge historians to be selected for the speakers’ bureau for the 75th Anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge celebrations in 2013, he has written and produced the documentaries “From Vision to Icon: Building the Golden Gate Bridge” and “The American Emperor: the Life and Times of Joshua Abraham Norton.” He served for six years on the Waterfront Plan Advisory Board, which created a land use plan that guides the development of the Port of San Francisco from Fisherman’s Wharf to Hunters Point. Moylan received a B.A. in Political Science from San Francisco University and was a leader in campaigns on behalf several San Francisco candidates and initiatives.

Kellyx Nelson has served as the Executive Director of the Resource Conservation District in San Mateo County since 2006 and was previously a project manager with Peninsula Open Space Trust. Nelson has experience in a wide variety of careers including 14 years as an environmental and museum educator serving diverse and low-income urban communities in New York and San Francisco, driving a Freightliner cross country as a long-haul trucker, and delivering packages as a motorcycle messenger. She has an undergraduate degree from Columbia University in Political Science and Environmental Science and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from UC Berkeley.

Moderator biographies:

Lenny T. Mendonca is a director emeritus (retired senior partner) from the Washington D.C. and San Francisco offices of McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm. Mendonca founded McKinsey’s U.S. state and local public sector practice. For many years Mendonca led the Firm’s knowledge development efforts overseeing the McKinsey Global Institute and the Firm’s communications, which includes the McKinsey Quarterly, and served for a decade on the McKinsey Shareholder Council (its board of directors). His client work focused on service to public sector organizations, and over the course of his career he helped dozens of government, corporate, and nonprofit clients solve their most difficult management challenges. Mendonca is the Chair of Children Now, co-Chair of California Forward, and founder and Chair of Fusecorps. He is the Chair Emeritus of the Bay Area Council and the Economic Institute of the Bay Area, and was vice-chair of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Advisory Council. He serves on the boards of The New America Foundation, The Committee for Economic Development, Common Cause, the Bay Area Science and Innovation Consortium, and The California Business for Educational Excellence Foundation. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Board of Trustees for Junior Statesmen of America. He received his MBA and certificate in public management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He holds an AB, magna cum laude, in economics from Harvard College. Lenny lives on the Half Moon Bay coast, south of San Francisco, with his wife and two daughters, where he is the founder and owner of the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company.

TJ Glauthier is the President of the Board of Directors of the San Mateo County Resource Conservation District. Glauthier is an advisor on energy ventures in the public and private sectors and locally chaired the citizens working group for the Cabrillo School District Governing Board in order to acquire solar energy systems at local schools. Previously, he held two Presidential appointments in the Clinton Administration, at the White House and the Department of Energy.


Recently selected by Coastal Living magazine as one of America’s Best Coastal Breweries, by Men’s Fitness as one of America’s Top Ten Craft Breweries and by 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 Princeton-by-the Sea. 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 Mavericks┬« Beers & Ales are piped directly to the bar. The Mavericks Amber Ale won a bronze medal in the 2012 World Beer Cup, and the Ocho Barril Saison won Best in Show for session beers and the gold medal in the Wood/Smoke Ale category at the California State Fair in June, 2013.

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, 11:00 a.m. to close; Saturdays and Sundays, 9:00 a.m. to close. To book a reservation, please call 650-728-BREW (2739) or visit OpenTable.com. Additional information may be found at www.hmbbrewingco.com.