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7 Crafty Reasons to Visit Half Moon Bay Brewing Company

April 10, 2014 by Mill Rose Inn

Half Moon Bay Brewing CompanyHalf Moon Bay, CA has a unique combination of beautiful surroundings, great culture and amazing beaches. The Mill Rose Inn knows how special the area is and wants to share the joys of Half Moon Bay with our guests. We love recommending favorite places to socialize and experience the Half Moon Bay way of life.  A great local spot to hang out for great beer, food and atmosphere is Half Moon Bay Brewing Company.  This brewery and restaurant has an amazing outside deck with views of the harbor along with live music and captivating events. Travel + Leisure magazine even chose Half Moon Bay Brewing Company one of America’s Best Beach Bars in 2011.


Half Moon Bay Brewing Company has a total of seven craft beers at the moment, including special “Session Beers” that have a lower alcohol content.  The Session Beers are popular amongst athletes like runners and cyclists who want to partake in great, flavorful beer while still enjoying an active lifestyle. The brewery also offers beers and ales to go in bottles, 6-packs, growlers and 5 gallon kegs.


The seven “crafty” (beer) reasons to visit Half Moon Bay Brewing Company are:

  1. Mavericks Bootlegger’s Brown Ale : An English-style ale with a light body, slightly sweet and malty flavor.  Beautiful copper brown in color.
  2. Maverick’s Big Break Ale: This golden colored ale is brewed with European malt and hops.  A Half Moon Bay Brewing Company favorite, it has a remarkably lager-like flavor even though its an ale and finishes clean.
  3. Mavericks Amber Ale: This classic amber ale has a balanced yet robust flavor created by a blend of four malts and cascade hops.  Winner of the Bronze Award at the World Beer Cup.
  4. Mavericks Princeton-By-The-Sea IPA: A golden orange India Pale Ale made with seven different kinds of hops.  The flavors include grapefruit and pine.
  5. Pace Setter Belgian Style Witt: A witbier, or “white beer” is a Belgian variety brewed with barley and wheat.  Lemon peel is added to the traditional orange peel and coriander spices.
  6. Back in the Saddle Rye Pale Ale: A combination of classic English pale ale malt and American hops makes a “highly drinkable, satisfying pale ale, with the subtle accent of spicy rye malt.”
  7. Pit Stop Chocolate Porter: A dry porter with roasted barley malts and raw cocoa beans, it has subtle flavors of dark chocolate.


But those aren’t the only reasons you should pay Half Moon Bay Brewing Company a visit.  The restaurant has a menu of fresh takes on American classics including soup and salads, burgers, seafood, sandwiches and deserts. There is also some southwest fare like tacos and tostadas. Live music and events are a regular occurrence at Half Moon Bay Brewing Company.  Brews and Views allows visitors to enjoy a cold beer and take in a talk on American politics. Live music from popular local bands is scheduled each weekend, so plan to grab a bite and listen to some good tunes.


When you’re picking out which craft beers to sample at Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, don’t forget to book your stay at Mill Rose Inn.  Our Half Moon Bay bed and breakfast has decadent rooms and suites that exude European elegance and offer modern luxurious amenities to guests.  Relax in the Garden Jacuzzi or bask in the beautiful colors of our extensive  gardens.  And of course, each stay includes a gourmet champagne breakfast each morning so you’ll have the energy to take on the adventures of the day.


Photo courtesy Don Debold.

Half Moon Bay Restaurants to Try During Your Visit

February 26, 2014 by Mill Rose Inn


Half Moon Bay RestaurantsVisitors to our Half Moon Bay bed and breakfast won’t have to look far for fine dining.  Not only does the Mill Rose Inn offer beautiful accommodations in a breathtaking setting, it is also near many of the best Half Moon Bay restaurants.  Whether you’re in the mood for pasta, seafood, sushi or a casual beer and burger, the area has something to please all palates.  With so many places to choose from, the task of selecting one may be daunting, so hopefully this guide will be helpful in making your decision of which Half Moon Bay restaurants to try during your visit.


Barbara’s Fishtrap

Barbara’s Fishtrap offers a classic seafood menu that utilizes a “sea to table” philosophy.  Beautiful views of Princeton Harbor are also a signature of this restaurant.


Cetrella Bistro

Cetrella Bistro is an ideal choice for fans of Mediterranean food who are also in the mood for great wine and live music. Cetrella Bistro is within walking distance from Mill rose Inn.


Cafe Gibraltar

Cafe Gibraltar has an award-winning menu of Mediterranean cuisine.   The 2014 Zagat Guide awarded Cafe Gibraltar with the highest food score of any restaurant on the San Mateo County coast.


Chez Shea

If you’re a vegetarian looking for delicious dining options, Chez Shea is the place for you.  The menu includes flavors from around the world made with fresh organic ingredients.


La Costanera

If you’re looking for some international flavor, La Costanera offers contemporary Peruvian cuisine.  Some say La Costanera has the best view of the coast.



Flavor is a perfect place to go for “California comfort food” while enjoying an outstanding ocean view.  The menu includes salads, burgers, pastas, seafood and more.


Half Moon Bay Brewing Co.

Half Moon Bay Brewing Co. offers indoor and outdoor dining as well as live music.  Enjoy some of the house-brewed beers on the patio overlooking the harbor or get comfortable around one of the fire pits. The menu includes classic burgers and sandwiches, seafood, salads, pasta, tacos and gluten-free options.


It’s Italia

Just two blocks from Mill Rose Inn, It’s Italia has a Tuscan-style menu.  Enjoy your Italian favorites inside or on the courtyard patio.


Mezza Luna

Contemporary southern Italian cuisine prepared with the freshest of ingredients is what you’ll find at Mezza Luna. Located in the historic Princeton Landing building, the restaurant is on Princeton harbor.


Miramar Beach Restaurant

This beachfront restaurant has seafood, steaks and a full bar.  Enjoy live music on the weekends.


Sam’s Chowder House

You can enjoy the fresh seafood served at Sam’s Chowder House on the oceanfront patio, at the bar or in the dining room.  Great views of the iconic crescent shaped bay as well as beach access are available here.


Pasta Moon

One of several Half Moon Bay restaurants within walking distance of Mill Rose Inn, Pasta Moon is a farm to table restaurant that’s been in business for 25 years. Using local ingredients, Pasta Moon’s dishes include handmade pasta, pizza, sumptuous desserts and more.


Sushi Main Street

This Japanese restaurant has an excellent sushi bar and an exceptional selection of sake. Right across the street from the inn, a great option for those looking Half Moon Bay restaurants within walking distance.


Princeton Seafood

Fresh fish and seafood straight from Pillar Point Harbor.  Princeton Seafood is a market as well as a restaurant.


When you’re deciding which Half Moon Bay restaurants to visit, don’t forget to book your stay at Mill Rose Inn.  Browse our selection of elegant and luxurious rooms  to find your perfect getaway.  Each stay comes with a delicious full champagne breakfast so your days get off to the right start. Our Half Moon Bay bed and breakfast is conveniently located, making it easy to get to dining, shopping, galleries, hiking and more.  When you choose to stay at Mill Rose Inn, your trip will be enhanced by personalized service in a charming location.  Start planning your trip today and let the memory making begin!


Photo courtesy Noatake Murayama.