Brews

Salinas Valley Food & Wine Festival consists of the tastes, sights, and sounds that encompass the Salinas Valley’s wealth of individual talents combined with the bounty of our fields, vineyards, farms and ranches.

As the micro-brew revolution continues to grow across the U.S., craft breweries have seen amazing growth. Whether you want an Indian Pale Ale, a Porter, an English Bitter, or a Double IPA—the Salinas Valley Food & Wine Festival is your chance to enjoy the finest hand-crafted brews produced in the Salinas Valley.

 

Firestone Walker 805

It began innocently enough: a couple of brothers-in-law sitting around debating the subject of good and bad beer. Instead, their search for a decent ale led them to brew their own. Given Mr. Firestone’s winemaking bias and Mr. Walker’s complete lack of fermentation experience, they believed 60-gallon oak barrels were the appropriate vehicle in which to create their perfect elixir. OK, so initial attempts were forgettable. But like so many great ideas, out of that disaster was born a handy invention – the Firestone Union.

Firestone Walker

It began innocently enough: a couple of brothers-in-law sitting around debating the subject of good and bad beer. Instead, their search for a decent ale led them to brew their own. Given Mr. Firestone’s winemaking bias and Mr. Walker’s complete lack of fermentation experience, they believed 60-gallon oak barrels were the appropriate vehicle in which to create their perfect elixir.

Ballast Point Brewing

IT BEGINS WITH THE
SEARCH FOR FLAVOR

The perfect balance of taste and aroma. An obsession with ingredients. An exploration of techniques. And while we savor the result, we’re just as fascinated by the process to get there. What started as a small group of home brewers, who simply wanted to make a better beer, evolved into the adventurers known today as Ballast Point.

Sierra Nevada

From the Vault

Sierra Nevada is constantly brewing small-batch, limited, draught-only, collaborations, and other brews throughout the year. Often times, these beers are fleeting, appearing in a handful of places for a short time. Others are in limited bottling only available at the brewery. Every now and again, we’ll bring some of our favorites back for another try, but usually, once they’re gone, they’re gone.

Elkhorn Slough Brewing Company

Elkhorn Slough Brewing Co. is an artisanal craft brewing company run by husband and wife team Michael Enos and Julie Rienhardt, specializing in Wild Ales.

Discretion Brewing

We define Discretion as wisdom, wit, and kindness. These qualities shape our interactions with each other, our ever-growing circle of customers, our community, and our beer.

Ratel Cider

Ratel Cider is a craft cider company based in Monterey, California with a tenacious desire to bring a serious, high-quality, bone-dry craft cider to the market. Ratel Premium Craft, Dry-Hopped Cider is made with four different varietals of local apples. We have spent three years dedicated to finding the perfect blend of tart, sweet and sharp apples to create the perfect cider. We ferment our cider bone-dry and add rare fruity, floral premium hops. Ratel Cider is gluten-free and does not add water or any concentrates. Ratel Premium Craft, Dry-Hopped Cider is an exciting and interesting creation that changes with age. Like a maturing badger, as it ages it mellows becoming even more complex, taking on slight notes of citrus. The end product is a crisp, refreshing beverage with a tart kick and a floral, fruity aroma that will change the way beer and wine drinkers think about cider.

English Ales

Founded in 2000 by the English born family of Peter and Rosemary Blackwell and their daughter Karen, with the intention of providing our customers with fresh, English Style Ales.

Now in our 18th year, we have expanded our line to accommodate those who prefer a “hoppier” flavor, however, traditional English Style beers are our mainstay.

Carmel Craft

“Coming soon Summer 2018! Small-batch brewery and taproom in Carmel, CA.”

Alvarado Street Brewing Company

Unfortunately we’re kind of selfish when it comes to brewing. We brew styles that pique our own interests and allow us to learn more about our craft. But what we strive for is to make sure there’s something for everyone in this ADHD-approach to beer making. Most beers listed below will not be available all the time, but as we continue to evolve as a brewery, you’ll see many of these reappear, along with exciting new releases. Maintaining the fun part about brewing is important to us, so we try not to get too tied down to any particular styles or brands.