Old Monterey District Blog

Cuvée Cerise Now Available at Alvarado Street Brewery

Posted on December 3rd, 2015 by omba

Alvarado Street Brewery is proud to present Cuvée Cerise! This Belgian-style barleywine began its life as "Cuvée de Monterey" last fall before undergoing a year-long stint in a Cabernet Franc barrel from Heller Estate. There we continually added tart red cherries to the barrel, and inoculated the beer with brettanomyces, which are a type of wild yeast that will scavenge any type of available sugars in the beer that remain, including those from the added fruit. Over time, "Brett”, as it’s commonly referred to in the beer and wine realm, dries the beer out and creates unique flavor compounds and esters which adds a unique complexity.

Fast forward to now, and Cuvée Cerise is an absolute cherry bomb in a glass, especially as it warms (cerise means "cherry" in French). Soft flavors of fig, plum, and dates follow the aroma, leading to a bone-dry finish with just a kiss of alcohol at the end. We've timed the release of this beer to coincide with the Thanksgiving holiday, as we feel its the perfect compliment to share with family and friends during this time of the year.

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The City of Monterey has announced the selection of Stronghold Engineering, Inc. as the general contractor for the Monterey Conference Center revitalization project. Stronghold is expected to begin construction in December. The renovation will add more than $60 million in physical and technological improvements to the building.

The Conference Center renovation will create more flexible meeting space, more usable pre-function space, advanced technology, and the ability to host multiple meetings simultaneously in a LEED-certified building.

Adjacent hotels, the Portola Hotel & Spa and the Monterey Marriott, do not expect to be affected by the remodel and are open for business. Grand opening of the Monterey Conference Center is expected in early 2017.

For additional information, please contact Bob Cowdrey, Conference Center General Manager, 831-646-3770.

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Peter B’s Brewpub has been awarded a Gold Medal at the World Beer Championships 2015! Based on a scale of 1-100 points, Peter B’s Catch 24 English Pale Ale earned 93 points.

The Beverage Tasting Institute (BTI) describes Peter B’s Catch 24 English Pale Ale as having a hazy amber color with lively, toasty aromas of honeyed raisin toast and yams and dried fruits. It has a soft, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, stimulating, breezy salted nuts, toasted grain, watercress, and chocolate mint cookie finish. A precise and pleasing English style pale ale.

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Smokin' Hot Toddies at Montrio Bistro

Posted on November 21st, 2015 by omba

It's warm inside and out with hot toddies at Montrio Bistro on the patio starting November 15, 2015. Throughout the winter months, Montrio will be serving Smoking Firehouse Toddies for $11. Bring a friend!

Our secret recipe includes Laird's applejack brandy, ruby port, baked apple bitters, spiced honey, smoldering cinnamon stick, and lemon.

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First Night Monterey Seeks Volunteers

Posted on November 17th, 2015 by omba

Volunteers are the heart of First Night Monterey and why First Night Monterey is able to produce our festivals for the community! We need volunteers both before and during our big New Year’s Eve event on December 31, 2015.

Before New Year’s Eve, we need to paint murals, make puppets, and finish our peace poles. We invite you to sign up and join us at our art studio at Archer Park Center.

During First Night Monterey, we are seeking production gurus, a schedule coordinator, New Year’s Eve site managers and assistants, will call, and kiosk sales managers. If you volunteer 4+ hours a First Night Monterey, you’ll get free admission.

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Alvarado Street Brewery and Grill has just launched a brand new, seasonal fall menu highlighting Chef Jeremiah Tydeman’s take on simple, American classics executed with international influence. The new menu comes in a sleek new format, designed by local studio The Wecker Group.

“We wanted to reinvent the feel of our menus to evoke a fun, more approachable aesthetic that fits to our concept better,” says head brewer and co-owner, JC Hill. “Chef Jeremiah has completely transformed the menu, adding a new dynamic that called for an entirely fresh look.” Hill was able to squeeze in a “Beer & Food 101” section in the new menu as a pairing guide to educate the brewery’s patrons.

Chef Tydeman was brought onto the Alvarado Street team in June of this past summer and has slowly been introducing some of his New American dishes with a worldly twist, like homemade chicken pot pie, a Vietnamese-style lamb burger, curry pumpkin soup, a Hawaiian poke-style tuna tartare, and the ultra-decadent truffle crawfish mac ‘n cheese. Tydeman was also intent on including a not-so-traditional clam chowder by creating a Manhattan-style tomato based chowder stocked with PEI mussels and chunks of Baker’s bacon.

“It’s been a blast creating dishes around certain beer styles, there are so many different combinations of flavors and textures that beer and food can both play off each other,” says Tydeman. He’s currently working on dishes for a five course beer and sparkling wine collaboration dinner between Alvarado Street and Caracciolli Cellars on New Year’s Eve, to be held at the brewery.

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MIIS Winter Commencement Ceremony 2015

Posted on November 10th, 2015 by omba

Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey presents the Winter Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, December 12, 2015 at Monterey Marriott in the San Carlos Ballroom. Congratulations, graduates!

Seating for the ceremony begins at 12pm. The ceremony begins at 1pm. The hors d'ouevres and champagne reception will be held at 2pm at Samson Student Center.

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