Monterey, CA – May 14, 2018 – Peter B's Brewpub, located behind the Portola Hotel & Spa in Monterey, CA, has been awarded a Gold Medal by the Los Angeles International Beer Competition. Award-winning brewer, Justin Rivard's Great White Buffalo was recognized as the best American-Belgo-Style Ale amongst competitors.

"I set out to brew a Belgian Pale because It's a challenging style that requires perfect balance, and the yeast and hops can easily be at odds. It was a team effort, and we are all really excited about this prestigious award and the recognition of Peter B's in the industry. This is the second year we've brewed this Belgian, and I think It's the best batch yet" said Rivard.

The 2018 competition season begins with an impressive showing by members of the Los Angeles County Brewers Guild at this year's Los Angeles International Beer Competition held at the Los Angeles County Fair. The annual competition, which draws both local and international brewery contestants yielded a total of 43 honors for LABG brewers spread among 22 Individual Guild breweries.


The AAA Four Diamond, Portola Hotel & Spa In Monterey, CA was one of the first U.S. Green Building Council LEED Certified hotel on California's Central Coast. The full-service hotel offers guests a rich, historical ambiance, with residential style and a dedicated staff to ensure an unparalleled guest experience. The Portola Hole features 379 well-appointed guest rooms and suites, ranging from 400 to 1,000 square feet. Portola boasts an expert event planning staff and over 60,000 square feet of meeting space with the adjacent Monterey Conference Center, Home to the Monterey Peninsula's original craft brewery, Peter B's Brewpub, The Club Room and Monterey's newest dining hot spot, Jacks Monterey, The Portola boasts an award-winning 6,000-square-foot day spa. Spa on the Plaza offers beautifully appointed treatment rooms and an extensive spa menu of signature treatments. Overnight guests also have access to the hotel's spa and fitness facilities, complete with steam room, sauna, outdoor pool and Jacuzzi.

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Peter B's Brewpub, located in Downtown Monterey, behind the Portola Hotel & Spa, has been attracting locals and visitors to the Monterey Peninsula since 1996. The expansion of the Monterey brewery now includes a new beer cellar and enough storage space to continue the brewing of small batch and seasonal selections. Distinguished for its variety of award winning locally-brewed beer, 18 high-definition televisions and pub menu stocked with innovative, comfort foods, Peter B's Brewpub is a local and guest favorite among bars in Monterey, CA. Whether visitors are looking to relax around a fire pit on the pet-friendly patio or watch the big game while visiting California's Central Coast, there is no better destination. In addition to a relaxed atmosphere, flavorful food and extensive beer menu, Peter B's has succeeded in becoming renowned as one of the best brewpubs in Monterey, CA for their dedicated team and commitment to service. Happy Hour daily from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm.

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A Michigan native and avid homebrewer, Justin Rivard is following his dream developing and creating original craft beer with his own special twists and turns. A Psychology major with a concentration in Neuroscience from Albion College in Michigan, Justin could not shake his desire to "brew up something wild." After graduating from college and spending a summer working in a brewery, Justin decided to heed his true calling - brewing craft beer.

At Peter B's, Justin strives for crafting a variety of ales, by brewing balanced, yet exotic beers, all while maintaining the existing flagship styles that Peter B's is known for brewing. Justin holds great respect for traditional German ales while embracing a passion for Saisons, IPA's and sour varieties. Justin and his team's hard work earned the brewery a silver medal at the Great American Beer Festival in 2016, and Justin plans to add to that list of awards this year.

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


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