Archives for November 2015

Melville, the New Player in Town

Good news for craft beer fans on the water-starved Monterey Peninsula: there’s a new player in town. Saturday night, Colin Ling and his staff threw open the doors at Melville Tavern, located in the former Santa Lucia Café at 484 Washington St. in Monterey. During the drinks-only soft opening, the cooks were busy practicing in […] Read the full article…

The Fermentation Bug

Hang out with homebrewers long enough and, eventually, you find yourself sampling unique beers (some terrific, occasionally some strange), and also libations like cider, mead and barleywine. Homebrewers can be a curious bunch, and fermentation can pique the curiosity of even the science phobes. If yeast causes malted barley and hops to ferment this way, […] Read the full article…

Treasures in the Garage

Debbie Vandevort (November 3 post) and I stand in her two-car garage filled with one car and a lot of miscellaneous stuff. A cat, sprawled on the hood of the car, eyes me lazily, disdainful of the intruder to his kingdom. I stare into the box before me, awestruck. “At one point,” Debbie says, “Bill […] Read the full article…

That First Blue Ribbon

I arrive at The Side Yard Brewery just as Bill and Deb Vandevort are finishing up the mash (steeping malted barley and any other grains in hot water to convert their starches to sugars). “We can talk and sample beer, but we’re here to brew. That comes first today,” Bill, 72, says, setting the tone. […] Read the full article…