Half Moon Bay Brewing Company to Offer Crowlers

Half Moon Bay, Calif. – 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 thrilled to announce the availability of branded crowlers (a cross between a can and a growler), a delicious assortment of fall brews and an exciting line up of events, including a Pumpkin Harvest Dinner, Coastside Brew Fest and Halloween Party.

Crowler Launch 

Patrons at the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company will soon be able to take beer to-go and enjoy the quality-saving powers of the can with a 32 oz. crowler. For the unfamiliar, a crowler is the can’s take on a growler. Like a traditional glass growler, the crowler allows breweries and taprooms to fill and seal aluminum cans on-demand. The containers combine the flexibility and portability of growlers with the quality-preserving properties of a can. The result is an innovation in craft beer technology that expands the ways guests can enjoy their favorite brews.

Fall Brews

Available beginning September 1

Brewmaster James Costa has crafted award-winning beers since his arrival at Half Moon Bay Brewing Company in 2013. This fall, the Brewing Company will re-release three signature beers:

Take it to the Limit Barleywine, an American-Style Barleywine displays a deep amber color, with Crystal and Munich malts presenting strong fruity-esters in the aroma while American hops identify this as an American take on a classic. The high alcohol is evident, adding to the complexity of this smooth barleywine, and combines with a two-month aging process in stainless steel to result in a smooth dark beer. 14% ABV & 84 IBUs

Pumpkin Harvest Ale, the full-bodied Amber Ale is made with locally grown Sugar Pie pumpkins that are roasted with a secret blend of spices added to the brew kettle, resulting in a subtle pumpkin pie spice flavor balanced by a biscuity maltiness. 6.3% ABV & 23 IBUs

Papa Juice Old Ale, a small batch, limited release old ale, aged in Buffalo Trace Bourbon barrels. The deep ruby red color lets you know you’re in for a smooth ride, while the American hops add a well-distinguished dryness to the finish. The sweetness of the beer has been transformed by the oak in the barrel, resulting in treacherously easy drinking old ale that can keep you warm on even the coldest nights. 13.1% ABV

Annual Fall Events

Pumpkin Menu

October 1 – October 31: Throughout October, Half Moon Bay Brewing Company offers a special pumpkin menu which pairs perfectly with the Brewing Company’s renowned Pumpkin Harvest Ale and Barrel-aged limited release beers. Chef Fred Godinez’ tribute to the orange gourd includes his decadent butternut squash soup, brussels sprouts salad with pumpkin vinaigrette and desserts including pumpkin ice cream.

Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival

October 14 -15, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., Main Street, Half Moon Bay: The Half Moon Bay Brewing Company’s Pumpkin Harvest Ale will be featured at the 47th Annual Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival. The iconic beer will be available exclusively in the Pumpkin Festival’s Take 5 Lounge in addition to the Brewing Company-sponsored Made on the Coast Music Stage.

Pumpkin Harvest Dinner

Wednesday, November 8 at 6 p.m., Mavericks Event Center: Half Moon Bay Brewing Company’s annual Harvest Dinner is back by popular demand. Celebrating the abundance of the outstanding farms and breweries on the San Mateo County coast, the feast will be prepared by Chef Fred Godinez and feature produce exclusively from local Pescadero farmer Simms Organics and brewmaster James Costa’s hand-crafted Pumpkin Harvest Ale.

Coastside Brew Fest

Saturday, October 21, 1-5pm: In celebration of the amazing craft breweries in the Bay Area and on the Coastside, Mavericks Community Foundation is hosting the fourth annual Coastside Brew Fest in the expansive waterfront parking lot of the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company. Some of the best breweries on the West Coast will be in attendance, offering unlimited tastes of their favorite brews including Alpha Acid Brewing Company, Alvarado Street Brewery, Barebottle Brewery, Deschutes Brewery, Discretion Brewing, Drake’s Brewing Company, E.J Phair Brewing Company, Fieldwork Brewing Company, Fort Point Beer Company, Hop Dogma Brewing Company, Marin Brewing Company, New Bohemia Brewing Company, Novel Brewing Company, Sacrilege Brewery + Kitchen, Santa Clara Valley Brewing, Sudwerk Brewing Company, Temescal Brewing and Track 7 Brewing Company.

The Half Moon Bay Brewing Company will be open for dining throughout the event. Additionally, local food will be offered including Seville Tapas, Spicoli Pizza and barbecue by American Legion Post 474.  This year’s beneficiary is Mavericks Coastside Foundation; a portion of the evening’s proceeds will also be donated to Coastside Hope. (Breweries subject to change without notice; while supplies last.)

Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door (includes souvenir glass upon exit); designated driver tickets are $10. Tickets will be available on August 20 at www.coastsidebrewfest.com.

Halloween Party

Saturday, October 28, Live music from 7 to 10 p.m.; costume contest at 8 p.m.: A perennial favorite, The Bonedrivers will get everyone out on the dance floor with classic rock and other tunes for the annual Halloween party at the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company. Guests of all ages are welcome to enter the annual costume contest, which awards prizes for a variety of categories, including most original costume, best group costume, trendiest costume, scariest, and cutest.


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 and ales are piped directly to the bar. 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 seventeen 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, (100 seated), plus a spacious outdoor deck and harbor view garden. For more information please visit www.maverickseventcenter.com.

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