Archive for January, 2013

Meet Our Brewer Kevin Clark

Monday, January 28th, 2013
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A Northern California native and a resident of Monterey County since 1998, Kevin Clark, a beer enthusiast and aficionado, is the Brewmaster of Peter B’s Brewpub at the Portola Hotel & Spa in Monterey, California.

After graduating from California State University, Monterey Bay, Kevin traveled the world. He immersed himself in the cultures of the countries he visited, paying particular attention to their food and beverage. His destinations were wide-ranging including the continents of Africa, Asia and Europe and the island countries of Samoa, Tonga and Fiji. This cultural and culinary diversity gave Kevin a unique perspective on flavor which led him to begin his career in the industry at Passionfish in Pacific Grove, CA. There, he studied wine and food pairings, but his heart always belonged to his first love; beer. He began to experiment with the pairing of beer and food, but found his choices in hops based beverages limited in comparison with wine and its many varietals.

Soon, Kevin found himself beginning to homebrew his own beer in an effort to not only discover new tastes, but save money in the process. The plan backfired however, as Kevin began to sample and taste as many commercial and homebrewed offerings as possible, falling in love all over again with the complexities and varieties of beer.  Kevin started at Peter B’s as the Assistant Brewer and was promoted to Head Brewmaster in early 2011.

For Kevin Clark, the act of combining the beautiful aromas and flavors of malt and hops with other additions is a gift and one of life’s true pleasures. The history and traditions of the beverage are wonderful, but for Kevin, the creation of a beverage that is alive and brings people together is his gift to the world.

Spa on the Plaza’s Sweetheart Special

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013
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With the hustle and bustle of the holidays in your rearview mirror and Valentine’s Day just around the corner, don’t you and that special person in your life deserve to warm-up and unwind from winter’s chill? The Spa on the Plaza at the Portola Hotel has got you covered and is offering a sweetheart of a special sure to soothe and relax the busiest of couples.

Always inventive with their offerings, the Spa on the Plaza is featuring its annual Sweetheart Special. Indulge in a relaxing 30-minute aromatherapy soak in a private tub designed for two. Then, let the cares of the world melt away during a fabulous 50 minute essential oils massage in a private couples room. Afterwards, relax poolside in a cabana or take a soak in our Jacuzzi.

The Spa on the Plaza is one of the largest spas in the country with over 6,000 square feet dedicated to spa services, health and fitness. It is also one of the most decorated with numerous “Best Of” awards from local and regional publications. So if a little relaxation and down-time is needed ASAP, enhance the romance at the Spa on the Plaza at the Portola Hotel. It’s a sweetheart of a special!

Brewer’s Dinners in Peter B’s Brewpub

Friday, January 11th, 2013
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For a number of years, winemakers have been taking advantage of the well-known pairings of food and their varietals. While winemaker’s dinners have been all the rage, recently, the talented brewers of wine’s bubbly cousin, beer, have been getting in on the action. It wasn’t too long ago that beer was regulated to cookouts and college parties, but in recent years, brewmasters have elevated their craft to incredible heights. With new tastes and trends emerging all the time, the art of craft beer has taken its rightful place alongside wine as a true art-form. With that recognition, has come the opportunity to experience these creative flavors paired with chef inspired eats.

Nowhere is this being done better than at the Portola Hotel & Spa. Brewer Kevin Clark of Peter B’s Brewpub and Executive Chef Jason Giles of Jacks Restaurant & Lounge and Peter B’s; have teamed up to create a series of Brewer’s Dinners that take the best of the worlds of food and craft beer and combine them into delicious, gatherings where seasonal and special varieties of come together in a wonderful celebration of taste.

Usually featuring three to four courses of locally sourced and sustainable food prepared by Chef Giles and accompanied by beers either brewed or chosen by Clark. These Brewer’s Dinners have become one of the most popular events at Peter B’s. Seating is limited and usually sell-out so early reservations are highly recommended. If you want to experience a new dimension in flavor, “like” the Peter B’s Facebook Page and you’ll know as soon as the next of the series is announced! There are events not to be missed.