Half Moon Bay Brewing Launches Ocho Barril Series of Sour Beers


Half Moon Bay, Calif. – The Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, a popular Coastside destination best known for its award-winning, house-brewed beer, sustainable seafood, live music and an expansive, dog-friendly patio, is kicking off 2016 with the launch of its highly anticipated Ocho Barril series of sour brews crafted by Brewmaster James Costa. In addition, guests are invited to a family-friendly viewing party for The Big Game on Sunday, February 7, and a celebration of Valentine’s Day with a pre-fix, four-course beer pairing dinner prepared by Executive Chef Federico Godinez on Friday, February 12, in addition to holiday weekend specials.

Sour Brews

Since his arrival at the Brewing Company in 2013, Brewmaster James Costa has crafted a wide variety of award-winning beers. 2016 will see the release of his most compelling brews yet, including the launch of the Ocho Barril series:

Ocho Barril Series No. 1: The first in the long-anticipated Ocho Barril series, the Magic BeerGenie is a Belgian Dark Sour with strong acidity and plenty of funky flavors and aromas at 10.7% ABV. The Ocho Barril Series is named after the batch sizes in which the unique sour ale is produced. A batch of 420 gallons fills eight oak barrels whilst leaving room for the addition of fruits and spices. The beer is then fermented with a combination of Saccharomyces, Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus, and Pedioccocus and aged between 12-24 months to create a mélange of bright acidity and a funky barnyard finish. The Magic Beer Genie is available for purchase wholesale (case of 12, 750ml bottles for $150 or 1/6 BBL keg for $170) or retail ($20 per 750ml bottle or $200 per case) at the Brewing Company. In the coming weeks, a version of the Magic Beer Genie with raspberries (Framboise) will also be released.

About Half Moon Bay Brewing Company

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 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 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.