Smoothie Kings: Alvarado Street Brewery
We've headed south to bring you today's featured competitors! Located in an historically registered building in Old Monterey, Alvarado Street Brewery has been steadily building a name for themselves for the past two and a half years. Masters of brewing and serving beer along the central coast that challenge people's perceptions, Firkin Fest 2016 would not be the same without their cask!
Though still fairly fresh to the booming craft beer scene, Alvarado Street is dominating. Winning Gold at last year's Great American Beer Festival and taking home Silver this year, both in a distinction of the Pale Ale category, owner/brewmaster JC Hill and the full team are on a roll. Their scientific approach to uncommon flavor is truly apparent in their Firkin Fest competition brew: Fruit Cocktail Kettle Sour. Light in body, the base beer's pleasant tartness is complemented by a blend of Mirabelle plums, black currant and lime. When asked for his inspiration, JC cites "fruit smoothies. We added tayberries and lactose to create a creamy, smoothie-like texture. We wanted to showcase that even the most traditional way of serving beers can be adapted to the palates of today's beer consumers."
Self-proclaimed "beer nerds," the Alvarado crew isn't planning on slowing down any time soon. In addition to their Monterey beer garden, brewery and grill, they've opened a Salinas brewery and taproom in April of this year to supplement production and offer customers the opportunity to witness the brewing process firsthand. Next time you need to escape the bay, add Alvarado to your list! Until then, their beer is widely available right here, as well as exclusively at Firkin Fest 2016.