Half Moon Bay Brewing Company

Half Moon Bay Brewing Company at Princeton-by-the-Sea on the San Mateo County Coast
overlooks Maverick’s, the site of an annual big wave surfing contest. The window for the contest was officially opened on Nov. 1.
Maverick’s was named after a surfing white-haired German shepherd in 1961, and dogs are still held in high regard at the brewpub. After romping in the surf of one of the canine-friendly San Mateo coast beaches, Half Moon Bay Brewing customers and their dogs can relax with an Angus beef burger ($11.50) and brew on the spacious patio, often listening to live music on the weekends.
In addition to its regular beers – Bootlegger’s Brown Ale, Harbor Lights Ale, Princeton by the Sea IPA, Maverick’s Amber Ale, Sandy Beach Blonde Hefeweizen, Pillar Point Pale Ale and porters and stouts – Half Moon Bay Brewing recently announced its Pumpkin Harvest Ale IV, an Oktoberfest and its Green Gold IPA brewed with unprocessed Warrior and Chinook hops from Washington. Although we missed the window for the Pumpkin Ale and the Oktoberfest, our disappointment was short-lived once we tasted the floral, fresh-hopped Green Gold IPA, which was a cut above Half Moon Bay Brewing’s relatively underwhelming regular beers. The hops in the 6.2 abv Green Gold ale were pronounced but well balanced by the malt, making for a delicious complement to a perfectly cooked Angus beef burger topped with bleu cheese.
The Maverick’s surfing contest has been hit or miss for the past few years, but the Green Gold IPA is a sure-fire winner.

For more on fresh-hopped beers, check out this recent article from the New York Times.

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