DUST BOWL BREWING CO. TAP DEPOT Depot in the title is a nod to the building, once Monterey’s railroad station. The location is a big bonus, as it sits near the wharf and the beach. But the beers from this Turlock-based brewery stand up to the setting. At its core are a range of IPAs, pilsner and lager. But they also play with fruits and even seltzers. There’s a popular taco truck on hand and patio games to fill the time. 290 Figueroa St., Monterey. (831) 641-7002, ENGLISH ALES BREWERY As the name suggests, traditional English style ales are the foundation of this longstanding favorite. There are pale ales, brown ales, strong ales, the occasional spicy winter ale and, naturally, a porter and stout. But the brewer does venture into other territory. Dozens of mugs hang above the bar, evidence of the popularity of English Ales’ Mug Club. 223 Reindollar Ave., Marina. (831) 883-3000, FIELDWORK BREWING COMPANY Fieldwork is a beer garden—as in, under the sun (or fog) with picnic tables and few frills. An outpost of the Berkeleybased brewery, Fieldwork is known for its ever-changing lineup and the brewmasters’ willingness to play in any style, even sub-styles (Bohemian lager, American lager, something they refer to as West Coast lager). So there is much to choose from, sours to Belgian-style ales, dark beers, barrel-aged and more. In addition to their brews, the fun here is the beer garden atmosphere. 560 Munras Ave., Monterey. (831) 324-0658, HIDDEN HILLS BREWING & BLENDING The brewer prefers light styles, heady aromatics and nuanced layering of flavors. But don’t think he can’t lay it on when it comes to porters, sours and other bold styles. Yet his deft touch shows throughout the lineup. The Brew Crew 36 The Best of Monterey Bay® EAT + DRINK 2023-2024 20 21 22 BREWERY AND TAPROOM with and GOOD FOOD, NATURAL WINE, LIVE MUSIC, GREAT BEER THE MONTEREY PENINSULA’S MOST RECOMMENDED PIZZERIA ’98-’22 BEST PIZZA 3 BLOCKS UP FROM CANNERY ROW/AQUARIUM AFFORDABLE FAMILY DINING Pizza • Pasta • Ravioli • Calzones • Salads Great Italian Sandwiches Gelato • Delicious Desserts BANQUET ROOM • FULL COCKTAIL BAR OPEN MON-THUR 4PM • FRI 3PM • SAT & SUN 12PM Call ahead for take-out service 649-1500 725 Lighthouse Avenue Monterey Gianni’s Pizza Family Owned & Operated Since 1974 ’15 BEST FAMILY RESTAURANT ’17 BEST PLACE FOR A BIRTHDAY PARTY