Former Head brewer, Justin, at Peter B's Brewpub holding cup of beer in Monterey Bay

Monterey, CA – May 24, 2016 Award winning Peter B’s Brewpub, Monterey’s original craft brewery located behind Portola Hotel & Spa, is pleased to announce Justin Rivard as the new Head Brewer. Rivard has been brewing beer professionally for many years spanning from Grizzly Peak Brewing Company in Michigan to Head Brewer of Arbor Brewery Company Microbrewery.

“We are so excited to have Justin join our team at Peter B’s and to bring his wealth of knowledge and creative genius for your craft beer enjoyment,” said Food & Beverage Director, Brian Hein.

Rivard began his career as an Assistant Brewer for three years at Jolly Pumpkin Artesian Ales and Grizzly Peak Brewing Company. Shortly after he earned a position at Arbor Brewing Company and accelerated his position to Head Brewer after just 7 months. There he developed the skills necessary to lead a team and was able to increase overall production.

Rivard hopes to expand beyond the brews that have become so popular at Peter B’s and to push the envelope while maintaining the existing flagship styles. “I do enjoy brewing historic styles like mild’s and porters and I am excited to brew funky, off the wall Saisons while bringing unique pale ales and IPA’s from around the world into the lineup, as well as traditional German style beers.” said Rivard. Peter B’s Brewpub’s new Head Brewer will official join the team in Monterey, CA June 1st and the team could not be more enthusiastic for his arrival.

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Portola Hotel & Spa is Monterey's AAA Four Diamond and first and only U.S. Green Building Council LEED® Certified hotel. The full-service hotel offers guests a rich, historical ambiance, with residential style and a dedicated staff to ensure an unparalleled guest experience. The hotel features 379 nautically inspired guest rooms and suites, ranging from 400 to 1,000 square feet.

Portola Hotel & Spa is home to Jacks Restaurant and Lounge and Peter B's Brewpub, the Monterey Peninsula's original craft brewery. In addition, overnight guests have access to the hotel's spa and fitness facilities, complete with steam room, sauna, outdoor pool and Jacuzzi. The 6,000-square-foot Spa on the Plaza offers beautifully appointed treatment rooms and an extensive spa menu of signature treatments.

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Peter B’s behind the Portola Hotel & Spa has been satisfying locals and visitors to the Monterey Peninsula for over 30 years. The expansion of our Monterey brewery that now includes a new beer cellar and enough storage space to continue the brewing of small-batch and seasonal selections. In early 2014, Peter B’s Brewpub introduced a revamped menu full of new tastes and great brews. The modest brewery in Monterey has grown into a place for full-fledged Monterey Bay dining.

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Portola Hotel & Spa
Janine M. Chicourrat, Managing Director
(831) 649-7890