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English Ales Brewery
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Active Beers: 8
Beer Ratings: 114
Beer Avg: 3.41
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
233-A Reindollar Avenue
phone: (831) 883-3000
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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| Reviews: 13 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4
Don't be put off by the non-descript atmosphere. This place is about the beer. (And maybe the food, too, although I didn;t try anything while I was there.)
Located in a modest, one story strip shopping center, English Ales had a nice bar with a handful of tables surrounding it and a dart board in the corner.
I met the English brewmaster and had a nice chat with him about his brewing techniques. He told me that the Pale Ale, which is a really unique example of the style, contains lager malt and hops and ale yeast and is fermented at ale temperature. In his words, that creates the crispness of a lager with the roundness of an ale.
The bartender was friendly and the bar seemed to attract a loyal contingent of locals.
Definitely worth a stop if you are in the Monterey/Carmel area.
03-24-2005 16:00:06 |
More by brentk56
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5
Couldn't wait to try this place out when I was in their area this weekend. I must say I was a bit disappointed with the visuals at first. The pub is located in a very ordinary looking building, once inside it is very cafe like and tiny. A simple bar is adorned with English looking tap handles. Only one cask is offered, the rest is regular on tap dispensement. The cask was dry the day I visited. There are tons of ceramic mugs hanging everywhere, with names and dates written on the bottoms. It's a mug club and obviously quite popular. There were some mini replicas of London street signs scattered around which was nice. Excellent beer was served up American cold in American pint glasses. Food was tremendous with a wonderful authentic ploughman's lunch on the menu. A place I will try to go to again. It's a good 100 plus miles away which makes it tough, but when some damm good English style ale and authentic food is needed, it's worth the drive. While English glasses and temps would have made it even better, I guess they have to cater to the tastes of most of us Yanks. I hear the owner and brewmaster are English. One thing that was cool is that two of my reviews are on their website. Showed it to the barman, didn't get me any special discounts.. Well worth a visit for all advocates.
10-04-2004 04:17:21 |
More by Mark
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
If you like ales brewed in the proper English tradition, then stop by this pub for a few pints.
Located in the city of Marina. This is about ten minutes north of Monterey. Easy to find. Marina does not have much to offer for tourists or architecture. In fact the pub is probably the only reason to visit this small blue collar city.
The atmosphere is pretty bland. A dining area and a bar area. The bar seats about fifteen people. There are plenty of knick knacks and signs from England on the walls to remind everybody the owners are from England. The mug members mugs hang from the bar and the ceiling. Noticing how many mug members there are this place must do a great amount of business. A few t.v.s for sports viewing hang above the bar. The brewing equipment is seen through a window but it is not really on 'display' in the aesthetic manner. The pub does have a warm neighborhood feel to it which is very welcome. I could tell the patrons at this pub were mostly regulars and they love their English ales. The locals were very friendly and we easily struck up conversations with everybody around us.
We sat at the bar and had lunch. The bartender was friendly and talkative. Especially when talking about beer or trying to sell me a t-shirt. The employees were a good group of people. Cheers to them for making us feel welcome.
The food was good. The menu is a mix of British pub grub and American standards like burgers and salads. A good variety of foods on this menu. No spirits are served here and they do have a small wine list.
The beers are excellent reminders of traditional English brewing. About twelve taps and one cask. On the cask that day was the Borthwicks Best Bitter. A really well made beer. I also tried the Dragon Slayer IPA. Again very traditional. Not an American hop monster. My favorite was the Black Hound Stout. Very robust, flavorful and full bodied. For ten dollars one can try their tasters which is about forty four ounces of beer. It is about eight tasters. They also have a porter, another bitter, a couple of pales, a cream ale, a scottish ale, and others. The EA Pale(formerly 1066 pale ale) is their biggest seller. At this pub they will usually have about eight to ten of their beers on tap at any given time. They also do some seasonals. Their winter seasonal ale is quite nice as well. They bottle the EA pale and the winter seasonal and these beers can be found in Monterey and Carmel. Some of the beers are also on tap at pubs in Monterey and Carmel as well. No guest beers are served.
I really enjoyed myself at this pub and I will make it a point to return the next time I am in Monterey. Maybe I will check out the night scene? The beers are well made and tasty. The patrons and staff are friendly and love beer. What else do you need to bring a beer lover back again and again?
Note: They do not sell half gallon growlers. They do sell two and one qurater gallon glass containers which they call 'pigs.' They look like water bottles from the cooler. Smaller of course. They have a handle and when held from the handle they do resemble a pig.
07-06-2004 20:25:21 |
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