Monterey's Best Places to Have A BeerNorthern California offers a vibrant local craft beer culture and Monterey County is at the heart of it. While famous as an up-and-coming wine region, Monterey is also becoming a beer lover's destination. Whether you like wheaty IPAs, crisp lagers, or dry ciders, Monterey County is home to a mix of breweries, tap rooms, brew pubs, sports bars, and beer forward restaurants.
October is the perfect time of year to sample beer in Monterey. The Monterey Beer Festival comes to the Monterey County Fairgrounds every October and showcases California's burgeoning beer scene and eclectic brews from around the world.
Monterey's breweries and pubs also honor the tradition of Oktoberfest this month. The original two-week festival held in Munich, Germany, ends on the first Sunday in October. Oktoberfest started on October 12, 1810, in celebration of the marriage of the crown prince of Bavaria, who later became King Louis I. Today, beer lovers in Monterey raise a glass to this fun Bavarian holiday.
Monterey's Best Breweries and Tap Rooms
Fieldwork Brewing Company(560 Munras Avenue, Monterey, CA)
Fieldwork Brewing Company is the place on the Monterey Peninsula to sip California made beer with friends and enjoy the beautiful weather.
Located in the Uptown Shopping Center, this craft brewery in Monterey offers an outdoor beer garden and an ever-changing tap list of fresh releases to enjoy by sampler flight and by the glass. The also offer awesome food and beer to go in 16 oz cans, growlers, and 32 oz crowlers. Headquartered in Berkeley, CA, Fieldwork is known for its exceptional beer making, from West Coast pale ales and sours to Belgian ales and lagers.
Monterey Tap Depot - Dust Bowl Brewing Company(290 Figueroa St., Monterey, CA)
Head to the Dust Bowl Brewing Company's Monterey Tap Depot to sample 24 beers on tap in a lively setting just steps from Fisherman's Wharf in Monterey. This popular tap room offers communal seating and lounge chairs, a taco truck, and an outdoor patio with fire pits, picnic tables, and games. This is the ultimate beer lover's destination on the California coast.
Other Brother Beer(877 Broadway Avenue, Seaside, CA)
Enjoy the magic of beer at this festive tap room in sunny Seaside with indoor and outdoor seating. Other Brother beer offers a variety of craft brews, including the Black is Beautiful Imperial Stout and the Sunbelt Rye IPA. The tap room also hosts seasonal events and the Fall Market with live music and beer specials.
Estéban Restaurant(700 Munras Ave, Monterey)
Located at the Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa, this Spanish inspired restaurant offers local beers in downtown Monterey. Estéban offers draft and bottled beer, including Northern California crafts, including Big Sur Golden and Black Prince Porter, which are brewed in Monterey County. You'll also find Scrimshaw, Racer 5, and 805 on the menu.
Beyond beer, the eatery offers craft cocktails with house made mixers, home-made sangrias, and a balanced mix of Monterey County, Napa, Sonoma, and Spanish wines.
Monterey Beer Festival 2022For an amazing local beer experience, check out the annual Monterey Beer Festival. Sample more than 80 beers from dozens of breweries at the Monterey County Fair & Event Center. Taste unusual offering from major beer companies and fantastic beers from smaller craft brewing companies from around the world.
The Monterey Beer festival will be held October 15th, 2022, from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. The festival will feature live music and local food vendors from throughout the Monterey Bay area. Tickets for the Monterey Beer Festival are $50 in advance and $55 at the door and include your beer.
Sip, Savor and Stay with Inns of MontereyInns of Monterey offers five boutique hotels in the heart of the city's growing beer culture. Our charming and historic hotels are within minutes of the breweries and beer forward bars and restaurants in downtown Monterey and Cannery Row.
Estéban at Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa, part of the Inns of Monterey collection, offers a menu of Northern California beers including Big Sur Golden and Black Prince Porter, brewed in Monterey County. Craft cocktails made with seasonal house-made mixers and Northern California wines also complement the modern Spanish fare
Take 20% off your accommodations and dinner at Estéban with the Room and Dinner Package available for guests booking through October 8th for travel through October 31, 2021.
Inns of Monterey offers beautifully designed rooms and suites, many with views of Monterey Bay, and perfect locations about 7 minutes from the fairgrounds and the area's top attractions and adventures. You can sign up for email offers to get exclusive hotel specials and local experiences all year.