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Spring-Summer 2019

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overhead foliage, picnic bench tables, and two firepits with soft couches. The Salinas tasting room opened in the spring of 2016 and is situated in the middle of the main brewing operations. This is for the beer aficiona- do who not only craves great, fresh beer, but also to be surrounded by the processes of craft brew. Regardless of location, ASB offers a diverse range of beer styles, from hop forward IPA's to Imperial stouts. With humorous names like Mai Tai I.P.A., Smore's No More, and Tall, Dark and Handsome, to name just a few, it's unlikely any- one would not be able to find something to their liking. ASB's latest incarnation, Yeast of Eden in Carmel Plaza, opened in December 2018 and represents a significant divergence in what it means to be a brewpub. It is a place allowing J.C. and head brewer Andrew Rose to experiment with wild yeasts, bacteria and other "mixed fer- mentation techniques" along with locally sourced ingredients to craft truly unique beers. With the pub's California industrial vibe, its food offerings and most importantly, the brews, this is for the sophisticated palate. Beer connoisseurs and newbies can experience rare wild, sour, and farmhouse style ales, as well as some of ASB's more familiar offerings. Carmel Craft Brewing Company is the newest brewery to the Monterey Peninsula, yet is a company with a long history of produc- ing quality beer. CCBC was established in September 2018 through the merging of opera- tions of two longtime brewing companies, Carmel Valley Brewing, founded in 2007 by Dean and Karolyn Hatfield and Monterey Bay Brewing Company, founded by Mark Fitch in 2009. Located in the idyllic Barnyard Shopping Village in Carmel, CCBC offers a selection of five "main brews" consisting of the well-known Mad Otter Ale, a blonde Ale, an amber, an IPA, and a porter. Additionally, they offer another six styles under what they term "Rotating Brews." Fitch and head brewer Marco Herrera decide on the styles of brew to be offered within the rotators, which change one to three times a month depending upon popularity. Fitch states that the brewery's goal is to offer their customers a variety of brews without being region or stylistically specific. With an outdoor seating area and bocce ball court under construction and food offerings from local establishments, it is a comfortable location to enjoy a pint. On the Horizon As of this writing, there are two breweries working on establishing their presence in Monterey County. Other Brother Brewery will be in Seaside and Dust Bow Brewery in Monterey. While headquartered in separate counties, each has indicated they plan on brew- ing onsite. Perhaps one of the most intriguing new breweries on the horizon is that of Belgian Pacific. Owner Fabrice Rondia has been work- ing diligently to make his dream of authentic Belgian style beers brewed on the Monterey Coast a reality. He has sunk two artesian wells to depths of 280 and 490 feet and recently obtained The Alvarado Street Brewery's Salinas Brewery and Tasting Room offers an experience in the center of the opera- tions. Draft beer can be taken to-go in Crowlers, cans and bottles. 228 C A R M E L M A G A Z I N E • S P R I N G / S U M M E R 2 0 1 9 ASB's latest incarnation, Yeast of Eden in Carmel Plaza, opened in December 2018 and represents a significant divergence in what it means to be a brewpub. Photo: Brock Bill

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