Half Moon Bay Brewing Co. to Host Drag Show

Half Moon Bay, Calif. — The Half Moon Bay Brewing Company — the Coastside’s favorite family- and dog-friendly destination for craft beer and local seafood — has plenty to keep patrons warm this summer, including the second annual, family-friendly Drag Show in honor of Half Moon Bay Pride on July 12. On August 17, the Brewing Company is hosting a Mid-Summer BEERbecue featuring the combined talents of the Brewing Company’s resident barbecue expert and kitchen manager, Federico Godinez, who will grill local meats and vegetables using beer marinades and Brewmaster James Costa, who will pair house-brewed beers with the grilled delicacies. The heated outdoor Mavericks Beer Garden is officially open for the season, and is the place to be for live music and Executive Chef Gaston Alfaro’s seasonal summer menu.


Saturday, July 12

2 — 6:30 p.m.

Drag Show at 4 p.m.

The Half Moon Bay Brewing Company is celebrating Half Moon Bay Pride with their second annual, family-friendly Drag Show. Taking place in the heated, dog-friendly Mavericks Beer Garden, local drag queens perform in this fun and light-hearted show along with music by The Screaming Streisands. Some of the drag queens in attendance include Ginger Snap, Natalie Ray, Sheena Rose, Tweaka Turner and Connie Servative. A full bar and full summer menu are available all day. Admission is complimentary.


Executive Chef Gaston Alfaro has been collaborating with local fishermen and farms on his new summer menu, which is available starting today. Every season, Chef Alfaro adds new offerings to the menu that showcase the local bounty, and some of his summer dishes range from the fruity and refreshing Kale Strawberry Salad with mint vinaigrette and pine nuts ($15) to the spicy Blackened Fresh Catch Sandwich with chili lime aioli and house-made sourdough beer bread (A.Q.) to the comforting Mavericks Skirt Steak with parmesan truffle fries ($22). With Chef Alfaro this fresh summer menu and the Mavericks Beer Garden open for the summer, the Brewing Company is the perfect place to enjoy local coastal specialties al fresco.


Sunday, August 17

12 to 3 p.m.

It’s widely known that beer and barbecues go hand in hand, and this August the Brewing Company is taking this classic pairing to the next level with a Mid-Summer BEERbecue, featuring farm fresh local meats and vegetables prepared with house-made beer marinades. With plenty of house-brewed Mavericks beers on hand to pair with the grilled offerings, guests will enjoy a choice of two grilled meats (BBQ Chicken, Sausage or Beef Skewers) along with summery sides like corn on the cob, seasonal grilled vegetables, grilled beer potatoes and pasta salad. The Mid-Summer BEERbecue features the Brewing Company’s very own barbecue expert and kitchen manager, Federico Godinez, manning the grill alongside Brewmaster James Costa, who will be on hand to discuss cooking with beer and pairing beer with barbecued foods. Throughout the afternoon guests are welcome to enjoy a complementary brewery tour and live music (weather permitting).

The Mid-Summer BEERbecue is $25 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity. Beer not included, but will be available for purchase. Space in the Mavericks Beer Garden is first come, first served, and reservations are not accepted.


The Half Moon Bay Brewing Company is known for being a favorite destination on the San Mateo County coast for live music in the bar every weekend. Now that summer is officially here, guests can also look forward to live music every Saturday afternoon in the Mavericks Beer Garden from July 19 to October 18, weather permitting. Since summers on the Coastside can get chilly, there are heat lamps available to keep patrons warm, as well as a new line of cozy Mavericks sweatshirts and other signature merchandise for sale. There is also a full bar outside serving fresh beer, delicious seafood and sweeping views of picturesque Pillar Point Harbor. Please check www.hmbbrewingco.com for additions to the live music schedule all summer. Live music at the Brewing Company is always free of charge.


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.