Well-Named Alvarado Street Raspberry Wheat And Legend of Laguna IPA Take Beverage Tasting Institute Silver Medals
You don’t normally think craft beers – and certainly award winners –when thinking of Monterey, CA.
It’s primarily wine country.
But Peter B’s Brewpub is changing that perception. The craft brewery, tucked in behind the Portola Hotel & Spa between Fisherman’s Wharf and downtown’s Alvarado Street, has won silver medals for two of its beers. Alvarado Street Raspberry Wheat beer and Legend of Laguna IPA captured silver medals at the World Beer Championships. It brings Peter B’s Brewpub total to an impressive six medals from this prestigious event.
The Beverage Tasting Institute’s (BTI) website, Tastings.com, describes the brewery’s Alvarado Street Raspberry Wheat brew as tasty and well balanced. It is a cloudy amber orange color with bright floral raspberry sorbet and scone aromas. Flavors include a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, wafer and white nut finish.
Their Legend of Laguna IPA is described as crisp and round with a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body. It has aromas of grapefruit and mango creme brulees with a layer of leafy mustard greens and resinous hops. Flavors are of fruity Brach’s caramel, dried tropical citrus, mint, cocoa, and peppercorn layered finish.
Peter B’s Brewpub was the Bronze medal recipient of the 2012 Chicago Beverage Tasting Institute’s World Beer Championships for its Fort Ord Wheat Ale, and the Silver medal recipient of the 2011 Chicago Beverage Tasting Institute’s World Beer Championships for their Inclusion Amber Ale and their Winter Brau Ale.
Early this fall, Peter B’s Brewpub harvested their first hops from the Salinas Valley introducing Otto Pale Ale. Master Brewer, Kevin Clark handpicked the hops with the help of Rancho Cielo staff and immediately began to brew for an early fall release. Clark chose to brew with the fresh hops to capture the beautiful aromas and flavors rather than drying and pelletizing the hops. “Fresh hops are seasonal and really showcase the hop in season. Otto Ale is a very drinkable Pale Ale” says Clark.
The hops were grown at Rancho Cielo, a comprehensive learning and social services center for underserved youth in Monterey County. Otto Pale Ale is named after founder and former Superior Court Judge, John M. Phillips’ dog Otto.
For a review of Peter B’s Brewpub and its cuisine, click here.