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Peter B’s Brews & Bites Contest

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014
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And the Winner Is…IPA Braised Carnitas Over Polenta Cakes by Camilla Mann

Peter B’s Brews & Bites Contest

During the month of July Peter B’s Brewpub held one of the coolest contests around town! Rookie chef’s where challenged to design an original recipe for an appetizer incorporating one of the brewpub’s original craft beers.

Three very creative finalists were carefully selected they were (in no particular order):

  • Beer Fondue by Rachel N.
  • IPA-Braised Carnitas over Polenta Cakes by Camilla M.
  • Vegan Beer Caramelized Leek & Onion Dip served with Beer Pretzel Bites by Briana S.

After some serious tasting by a savvy panel of judges during KRML’s live broadcast of Pub Talk with Chris and Merideth from thebeergeek.com and KRML’S very own Mike Hale and Jeff White at Peter B’s on July 30th, Camilla Mann’s recipe for IPA Braised Carnitas Over Polenta was declared the winner in a very close race.

On behalf of the Peter B’s team, thank you to all those that entered and keep on cooking!!

 

IPA-Braised Carnitas Over Polenta Cakes by Camilla Mann

 

 

Legend of Laguna IPA-Braised Carnitas

Ingredients:

  • 3 pounds skinless, boneless pork, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 12 oz Legend of Laguna IPA
  • 1 T pine honey
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • freshly ground salt
  • freshly ground pepper

Directions:

Bring all of the ingredients – except salt and pepper – to a boil in a large, flat-bottom pot. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until pork is fork-tender, approximately an hour.

Uncover pork; simmer until liquid evaporates and pork begins to brown, approximately half an hour. Continue to cook, for another 10 minutes, until the pork is nicely browned. Shred pork with a fork.

 

Pan-Fried Polenta Cakes

Ingredients:

  • 2 C polenta
  • 5 C warm water
  • 1/2 C Legend of Laguna IPA
  • 1 T pine honey
  • 1/4 C freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1/4 C freshly squeezed kumquat juice
  • 4 T butter
  • Freshly ground sea salt
  • Freshly ground pepper

Directions:

Bring water, IPA, honey, and citrus juices to a boil in a large saucepan. Add freshly ground salt and freshly ground pepper. Gradually whisk in the polenta. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook until the mixture thickens and the cornmeal is tender, stirring constantly, approximately 15 to 20 minutes.

Remove from the heat, stir in butter, and season to taste with more salt and pepper. Spoon into a buttered pan and let cool.

Once cool, cover and refrigerate overnight.

To Assemble:

  • Butter
  • Salsa
  • Sour cream
  • Freshly ground salt
  • Freshly ground pepper

Melt a pat of butter in a skillet. Slice your polenta into serving size pieces – whatever size you want. I tried both bite-sized and larger. Pan-fry the cakes until a crisp crust forms, approximately 2 to 3 minutes per side.

Reheat the carnitas with 1/2 C water in a covered pot, adding more water if needed to keep pork moist.

Place the polenta cakes on your serving plate. Drizzle with salsa. Top with carnitas. Add a dollop of sour cream. Sprinkle with freshly ground salt and freshly ground pepper. Serve immediately.

 

 

 

 

2014 Monterey Beer Festival

Monday, June 2nd, 2014
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Somehow the picture of summer isn’t quite complete without the idea of a cold beer in hand, and in that vein, a summer on the Monterey Peninsula isn’t complete without the annual Monterey Beer Festival.

Featuring over 30 breweries, the Monterey Beer Festival will allow you to take a spin around the world, taking a sip of culture and flavor as you go.  Join the fun Saturday, June 14, 2014 from 12:30-5pm at the Monterey County Fair and Event Center for the chance to taste unusual offerings from major beer companies, as well as smaller small batch and independent craft breweries – including Monterey’s first craft brewery, Peter B’s Brewpub, located behind the Portola Hotel & Spa.

Don’t drink on an empty stomach!  Don’t worry! With food trucks and local specialty vendors, there will likely be a different dish to go with every beer.  From Thai noodles to old-fashioned Bratwurst there’s a booth to satisfy your every craving.  Live cover bands including: Powerage, Journey Revisited and Wicked Garden will be rocking the festival AND don’t forget to register for the highly competitive Beer Pong Tournament.

With only a little over a week to go, visit the Monterey Beer Festival website for a countdown to the festivities and to purchase tickets Click here! Advance tickets can be yours for $45 each, or buy them at the door for $50 (tickets for designated drivers available for $20 per person).  Admission includes beer tasting til your heart’s content and a full day of good times and entertainment.  And be sure to look into the VIP tickets ($70 in advance, and $80 at the door), which grant access to a VIP area with private restrooms, festival souvenirs, entry to the main festival and more.

Cheers AND please drink responsibly.

American Craft Beer Week at Peter B’s

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014
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Cheers to Beer!

American Craft Beer Week at Peter B’s

As the Craft Beer scene continues to explode, so do the opportunities to experience some of the best brews in Northern California. American Craft Beer Week brings the growing scene to the forefront May 12 – 18, 2014 and Peter B’s Brewpub, Monterey’s first craft brewery, is in on the ground floor with a full slate of events and specials!

The week kicks off on Monday the 12th with Brewmaster Kevin Clark’s release of his award-winning Alvarado Street Raspberry Wheat Ale with $2 pints all night long.

Tuesday is Peter B’s Mug Club Appreciation Mixer with all members receiving one complimentary pint of Alvarado Street Raspberry Wheat Ale.

KRML Radio’s Pub Talk is in the house Wednesday the 14th with a live broadcast starting at 5pm. It’s also Firkin Wednesday with 50% off all refills.

Thursday through Sunday features special Celebrity Cask Tappings and on Saturday the 17th join in the fun during the San Francisco Giants Brewfest Roadtrip.  Join the Peter B’s Crew with a special buffet lunch starting at noon. At 2pm, you’ll board a bus at the Portola Hotel & Spa and travel up to AT&T Park for Brewfest @ Giant’s Stadium. At 6pm, the Giants take the field versus the Marlins and following the game, attendees are shuttled back to the Portola. For more info and tickets click here.

For up to the minute info on events and schedules, follow Peter B’s on Facebook or Twitter and join the American Craft Beer Week party with the hashtag #ACBW!

So celebrate Craft Beer in style at Peter B’s Brewpub during the American Craft Beer Week.

Peter B’s Craft Brews – The Best In Monterey

Thursday, March 20th, 2014
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 Fire Pits at Peter B’s Brewpub, behind the Portola Hotel & Spa.

 

Whether you’re a local or a visitor enjoying a luxurious Monterey getaway at the Portola Hotel & Spa, you won’t be disappointed when you walk through the doors of Monterey’s original craft brewery, Peter B’s Brewpub.  Serving house-made, craft beer created by Head Brewer, Kevin Clark, as well as a brand new pub menu stocked with inventive, not to mention delicious favorites, Peter B’s Brewpub is the location among Monterey watering holes.

Located just behind the Portola, Peter B’s offers an awe-inspiring array of some of the best craft beers available on the Central Coast. Toss in 18 high-definition televisions and a pet-friendly, heated patio surrounded by historic adobes and the sounds of the nearby Monterey Bay – you have the recipe for greatness.  More than just a top-notch place to eat, Peter B’s is the perfect place to unwind after a full day of work, meetings, a round of golf or sightseeing.

Peter B’s has maintained its outstanding level of service throughout the years, providing a great place to meet new people and enjoy food, good friends and fun.  With the recent debut of a new menu as well as a renovation, Peter B’s offers a diverse and delicious menu including beer-inspired dishes, vegetarian and gluten-free options, as well as local coastal-inspired favorites with a twist (AND they even have a kids menu).

With an amazing Happy Hour, seven days a week from 4pm-6:30pm, munch on anything from American Buffalo Chili; Warm Crab, Spinach and Artichoke Dip; the Brew-House Rueben, to House-Made Sausage and so much more yumminess.

Cheers to KRML’s Pub Talk!

Friday, November 1st, 2013
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Photo Courtesy of Chris & Merideth

Guest Blog Post by Merideth Canham-Nelson, thebeergeek.com

It’s hard to believe that KRML’s Pub Talk has been on the air for one year! What started out as a show pre-recorded in a back booth of Peter B’s has blossomed into a live broadcast prominently located in the bar. Here’s a brief rundown of how it all came about.

With the recommendation of Peter B’s Brewer Kevin Clark, in Fall 2012 KRML tapped my husband Chris Nelson from thebeergeek.com to host Pub Talk, a new conversational show aiming to explore community issues and events from seats at the bar. As Chris’ wife and beer travel partner it made sense for me to come onboard as a co-host, so within the first few shows, I did. At that time the show was recorded on Wednesday nights and aired several days later, a plan that worked but wasn’t the ideal set-up. Community-focused from its inception, guests such as Supervisor Dave Potter, local photographer Steve Zmak, and Monterey-Salinas Transit General Manager Carl Sedoryk helped Pub Talk gain some early momentum.

After a show in early January 2013, KRML General Manager, Mike Hale told us the next week’s Pub Talk would be live. This had been talked about as a future development and to us the future had always seemed far off. The short notice about going live threw us a bit. We had been interviewed on live radio before but the thought of running a live radio show made us nervous. Would we freeze up? Or worse would we let accidental expletives fly? As proof of Mike’s visionary prowess, going live is when everything took off for Pub Talk.

Photo: Early days before Pub Talk was live!

Quite the opposite of our fears, the show became easier and more in line with Mike’s original concept of the show as a conversation amongst friends, rather than formal interviews. The addition of Jeff White, KRML’s Program Manager, not only provided us with a guiding hand, but also the all-important third voice. The chemistry among the three of us was just what the show needed to make it truly great. Pub Talk found its groove and we haven’t looked back.

Of course, the show could not happen without the on-going support from Peter B’s staff and management. Not only has Restaurant Manager Franco Vasquez graciously allowed us to take over a table each week for a few hours, Brewer Kevin Clark and Chef Jason Giles have come on to talk about exciting new things happening in the brewery and kitchen. Even the Portola Hotel’s Food and Beverage Director, Sonny Petersen has made an appearance or two. KRML’s Pub Talk and Peter B’s Brewpub has been a match made in heaven. Both partners have a deep commitment to our local community and we couldn’t think of doing the show anywhere else. Here’s to another year of a great partnership!

Cheers go out to Mike, Carl and Jeff from KRML, everyone at Peter B’s and all the guests for giving us this unique and fun opportunity to be an active part of our community. We look forward to bringing listeners more interesting, community-focused content in the coming year and encourage people to come on down to Peter B’s on Wednesdays 5-6pm to be part of the fun!

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When not on Pub Talk, Chris Nelson and Merideth Canham-Nelson travel the world looking for the next great beer adventure. With over 830 breweries visited, their adventures are chronicled on the website thebeergeek.com and in Merideth’s 2012 book Teachings From The Tap: Life Lessons From Our Year in Beer.