Smithwicks, Sierra Nevada, Fat Tire lag Boulder Creek
Last day of the Globalpress Summit Conference in Monterey, and one has to say it has all been a great success. Monterey has a surprisingly wide assortment of watering holes many run by ex-pat Brits.
The bar of the conference hotel, The Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa, has a surprisingly decent brew on tap called Fat Tire. Served cold of course, in the American way, but still managing to maintain a good taste and very smooth. A couple of blocks up, on Lighthouse Street, Shane’s Irish bar was serving a good enough pint of Smithwicks, the beer Guinness brewed before it brewed Guinness, for eight of us to run up a $225 bar bill on Tuesday night. They also do an authentic Irish Stew. Further along Lighthouse Street, the British Bulldog Pub serves a cracking pint of Sierra Nevada, my personal favourite among the American beers outside of the products of the micro-breweries. It has to be said that none of these beers can hold a candle to the magnificent brews of the Rock Bottom Brewery of Campbell, California, an absolute saving grace after an 11 hour flight on my first evening in the US six nights ago. It can’t be said too often: beer doesn’t travel and it’s best freshly brewed.