Half Moon Bay Brewing Introduces Presidential-Themed IPAs


Half Moon Bay, Calif. – In an attempt to unify the two major U.S. political parties, the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, long known for its passion for politics, craft beer and sustainable coastal cuisine, has unveiled commemorative bottles of its popular IPA in honor of newly minted Republican party member and nominee Donald Trump and longtime Democratic nominee-in-waiting Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Presidential election. The red-labeled Trump IPA, featuring the businessman, former reality show host and University co-founder, will go head-to-head with the blue Clinton IPA, starring the former U.S. Senator, Secretary of State and “private emailer” in the Brewing Company’s third “Presidential Alection,” inviting visitors to put their internal divisions aside and come together and vote with their politics and palate for the good of the country.

The Alection IPAs are available individually on-site ($5/22 oz. bottle*) and at the Brewing Company’s first outpost, Pacific Standard by Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, a taproom and bottle shop in Berkeley opening this fall, as well as in select Bay Area retailers beginning August 15. Continuing the political pun, visitors to the Brewing Company have the added option of creating their very own “SuperPACK” of two Alection IPAs for $12*. The SuperPACK also includes a set of two collectable Alection coasters and a ballot. It does not contain inspirational speech transcripts of former first ladies, third-party ballots or revealing WikiLeaks files, just delicious beer.


“There has not been a more important and divisive election in decades than Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton, so we are excited to announce Alection 2016,” said Brewing Company co-founder and owner, Lenny Mendonca. “Every vote counts, so we encourage everyone to cast their beer vote early and often for their candidate; it could make all the difference. As an added bonus, we’ll donate $1 to Common Cause’s non-partisan voter protection fund for every bottle sold to ensure the real election is as serious and fair as our Alection is fun and awesome.”

Leading up to Election Day on November 8, guests at the Brewing Company are invited to “cast their vote” for whom they believe should or will win the nation’s presidential election by simply ordering the Alection beer of their choice and completing a ballot. While many will swear they can tell the difference between the two political brews, both the Clinton and Trump bottles contain the Brewing Company’s popular IPA. The West Coast IPA is bursting with aromas of grapefruit and resinous pine, enhanced by a strong malt backbone. ABV 6.1% and 80 IBUs.

In the 2008 and 2012 Alections, the Brewing Company’s Obama Ale beat the McCain and Romney Ales, respectively, and ultimately predicted the eventual real-life victor. Results for 2016 will be posted on Election Day on www.hmbbrewingco.com and www.pacificstandardtaproom.com.

* Price excludes tax and California Redemption Value (CRV).


Selected by Coastal Living magazine as one of America’s Best Coastal Breweries, Men’s Fitness as one of America’s Top Ten Craft Breweries and 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 Half Moon Bay. 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 Beers & Ales are piped directly to the bar. The 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 as well as Best in Show at the California State Fair in 2013. Winner of a gold medal at the 2015 U.S. Open Beer Championship, a silver medal at the 2015 California State Fair, and two silver medals at the 2016 California State Fair, the Brewing Company has set the standard for craft beer in the San Francisco Bay Area for the past sixteen years.

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 a.m. to close; Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. to close. To book a reservation, please call 650-728- BREW (2739) or visit Dinnerwire.com.

Additional information may be found at www.hmbbrewingco.com.

The Half Moon Bay Brewing Company also manages the neighboring Mavericks Event Center which overlooks the picturesque Pillar Point Harbor and is the ideal setting for weddings, celebrations, retreats and corporate events. Named for the famed surf break just up the beach, the Mavericks Event Center sits on a large oceanfront bluff, with an indoor ballroom that can accommodate up to 150 guests, plus a spacious outdoor deck and harbor view garden. For more information please visit www.maverickseventcenter.com.