Old Monterey District Blog

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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Ice Skating by the Bay on Hiatus in 2015

Posted on October 25th, 2015 by omba

Due to the construction on and around Portola Plaza, Ice Skating by the Bay (the outdoor ice skating rink) will be going on hiatus for the 2015 Holiday Season. We are very disappointed and will miss all the great people who help support and make the ice rink so much fun every year. Ice Skating by the Bay hopes everyone has a great holiday, and rest assured they'll be back for the 2016 Ice Skating by the Bay season!

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Authors and publishers, Old Capitol Books would LOVE to host your event! We supply a free venue to support local authors, illustrators, and publishers. We have a table and seating area with up to 12 chairs (with an additional 10 stools), which makes for a great intimate space for your event, or we have a cool little back alley which is great for poetry readings and live music.

Old Capitol Books provides: a nice, free, and well-lit space for your event; processing of all sales; free advertisement on our website, our social media, and our newsletter; and a press release sent to all local print publications (Monterey County Weekly, Monterey Herald, etc.).

Old Capitol Books offers our venue for no charge during store opening hours. If you’d like to have your event after hours, there will be a charge to cover staff. Any sales as a result of your book signing must go through the bookstore, which will take 40% of sales. Please note that Old Capitol Books DOES NOT purchase copies of your book in advance of the event. Authors are responsible for bringing copies of their book on the day of the book signing.

Get in touch to discuss what we can do as your local, independent bookstore to get you started. Please contact us at [email protected].

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