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Alvarado Street Brewery | Mai Tai P.A.

Alvarado Street Brewery | Mai Tai P.A.
Robert French

Alvarado Street Brewery has been brewing incredible beers since 2014. Led by a father-son team who opened their first brewpub in downtown Monterey, California, the brewery expanded two years later, building out both its beer garden and another production brewery in Salinas, aka β€œThe Salad Bowl of the World”. In 2015, Alvarado struck gold when their Mai Tai P.A. won a GABF gold medal, a win the brewery repeated in 2018.

Indeed, this is an award-winning beer, with striking can art. The entire aluminum vessel is covered in a diamond pattern of black and white lines, accented in gold; dual flamingos rest in a mirrored setting amid tropical greenery. The artwork screams tropical vacation, and/or Miami Vice.

When you finally pry your eyes from the label and crack the can, massive tropical and stone fruit aromas greet you. The flavor matches that aroma beautifully. There is just enough bitterness to know that this an IPA, without that bitterness being overwhelming. Mai Tai is only 6.5% ABV, which makes it a truly crushable, go-to beer.

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Salutations, friends & fans of Alvarado Street! … Given all that is going on in the world, it was important for us to take a deep breath and monitor the COVID-19 situation for the last week, prioritizing the safety of our staff and community. As cliche as it sounds, "there is no playbook" for this, and the time we've sat on the sidelines has allowed us to reflect and re-strategize how we can be a responsible, impactful business within the confines of this new world around us. … So we'd just like to let everyone know, since we've received some inquiries, that next week we will re-emerge and get beer back into the universe. Not going to dive into specifics right now, but it will involve solely contact-free methods and insure the highest level of safety for some of our crew coming back to work. It will be certainly be different, and will take some time to work out the kinks, but we're hopeful this is the best path forward. … STAY POSITIVE, STAY SAFE. Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to servicing your needs soon.πŸ™πŸ™

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This IPA is light yellow in color and has just a hint of haze, but there is nothing hazy about it. Crisp, easy-drinking, and finishing dry, this is a 100% Mosaic hopped beer with only 2-Row malts used in the grain bill. Technically this makes Mai Tai a SMaSH beer: Single Malt And Single Hop. That this basic recipe can morph into such a complex beer is a testament to the quality of what Alvarado Street Brewing is putting into the market.

Mai Tai P.A. is a vacation-invoking beer. With the world on lock-down, it just might be one of the best β€œpick me up” beers out there. Put on a bathing suit, snag a can of Mai Tai, and dig your toes in the sand. Day made.

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