We have been meaning to check out the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company for a long time, because their brewer, Alec Moss is a good friend. We knew the beer would be first rate. What we didn't know is that the place would be so nice, and that the food would be so good.
We only sampled two appetizers this trip but look forward to dinner sometime soon. I'm a real sceptic on crab cakes -- I've only rarely had any worth eating at restaurants. The crabcakes at Half Moon Bay are the best or second best I've ever eaten -- perhaps second only to Fleur de Lys, so that's saying something. They were all fresh Dungenous (sp?) crab -- no filler -- with some nice spicing that gave them a subtle bite. Served with a very tasty remoulade. We also tried beer batter dipped artichoke hearts. These were quite good, well prepared (not greasy) and served with a blue cheese dip -- which we basically ignored because they were even better with the remoulade.
The menu appears to satisfy both those looking for good pub grub and appetizers, and those looking for a more substantial, upscale meal with the accent on seafood. There was a specials board with about 6-7 fresh fish entrees for the day. They also do Mayan-influenced specials on Wednesday, which could be interesting. Moreover there is a variety of live music every night but Monday.
The setting was lovely, across from the harbor, with lots of outdoor tables as well as the indoor spaces. The bar area even has a nice gas fire with comfy chairs in front of it. Definitely wish this place were closer to SF.
For those unfamiliar with Alec's brewing, there is quite a range of beers offered. We had the Pale Ale which is one of the more moderate offerings from any West Coast brewery in terms of alcohol -- about 4.6% -- and hoppy and dry. The Hefeweizen is a true Bavarian style -- think banana bread and cloves.
Definitely a nice place with better than average beers. They also have a full bar, featuring creative cocktails and a full range of tequilas, and a few wines.