Alvarado Street Brewing Company
426 Alvarado St., Monterey
The six-way taster of the superb house beers is the recommended way to play and really the only way to keep up with the flavorful creativity of brewmaster J.C. Hill and company. Some of the standouts from a year filled with them included the single-hop citraveza, jalapeño cream ale, Duane’s World IPA, Grains of Wrath saison and California Beer Festival in Aptos’ best beer winner Mai Tai PA. If that weren’t suds enough to wet the whistle, a carefully curated range of guest taps and a new cocktail program await. In a word, cheers.