Gregg Camp
(831) 818-7524
21st May, 2011

American Craft Beer Week

Beer is one of those elixirs that has been around for millennium. It is simple drink that is fairly complex. Most Americans get their fill on the huge beer brands, but a growing number have been getting into craft beers.

These smaller quantity beers are largely local and many very seasonal. There are a tremendous of flavors that one can create and sample. The American Craft Beer Week, serves to highlight some of these for you and make you aware of the variety  you can choose.

Sometimes one has a friend who has made beer, other times it is getting a sample of variety at your local pub.

Here are some of the local pubs and breweries that you might want to seek out and sample some of their wares. Just as with wine, ingredients and the brewmaster play an important in the final product taste, alcohol content and color.

Read on some of the history of beer which dates back to times before the Egyptians.

Here are some of the local breweries and places you can  savor their goods. There are food pairing at places that go well with particular brews, so be sure to ask and let your taste buds a chance to try something new.

Get out and support your local brew pub and brewer.

Monterey Breweries and Pubs and other local ones

MBF Brewing Co

43 Twin Oaks Dr
Monterey, CA
Phone: (831) 521-7921
Type: Contract

Monterey Coast Brewing

100 San Juan Dr
Salinas, CA
Phone: (831) 772-9664
www.montereybrewing.com

Type: Brewpub

Peter Bs Brewpub (in the Portolo Hotel & Spa)

2 Portola Plz
Monterey, CA
Phone: (831) 649-2699
www.portolahotel.com

Type: Brewpub

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Pub Discount: 20% off Food & Beverage

 

English Ales Brewery

223 Reindollar Ave Ste A
Marina, CA
Phone: (831) 883-3000
www.englishalesbrewery.com

Type: Micro

 

Santa Cruz Pubs and Breweries

 

Santa Cruz Aleworks

150 Dubois St
Santa Cruz, CA
Phone: (831) 425-1182
www.santacruzaleworks.com

Type: Micro

Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing

402 Ingalls St Ste 27
Santa Cruz, CA
www.santacruzmountainbrewing.com

Type: Brewpub

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Pub Discount: Happy Hour All Day

Seabright Brewery

519 Seabright Ave Ste 107
Santa Cruz, CA
Phone: (831) 426-2739
www.seabrightbrewery.com

Type: Brewpub

Uncommon Brewers

303 Potrero St Ste 40H
Santa Cruz, CA
Phone: (831) 234-1486
www.uncommonbrewers.com

Type: Micro

Boulder Creek Brewing Co

13040 Highway 9
Boulder Creek, CA
Phone: (831) 338-7882
www.bouldercreekbrewery.net

Type: Brewpub

 

 

As New Year draws closer, many of us feel the need to sit down and chalk out a list of New Year’s resolutions. Come February and we find ourselves, once again, feeling guilty and beating ourselves up over how and why we have let ourselves slip back into our old habits and tendencies – this has been happening for hundreds of years to almost everyone. But what is the truth about New Year’s resolutions anyway? And why, despite of our apparently noble intentions, are we so addicted to chalking out a bunch of self-promises which crash land even before they get a chance to take off? What are the mechanics behind this phenomenon and what can we do about it? Here are the answers:

The flaw lies in the process itself – meaning that we start off the New Year usually with lofty goals of losing hundreds of pounds, quadrupling our incomes, bringing that miraculous spark back into our relationships and attaining Olympic emotional and psychological strength. While writing out these promises, we easily forget that we are, after all, human and that such gigantic change does not happen just because the year has rolled over. Losing hundreds of pounds will require us to get up and get moving every day, one day at a time (no matter what month and year it is). Quadrupling the all important income stream will require careful, slow, calculated and consistent steps in the right direction everyday – this requires brutal self discipline and a never-say-die attitude (regardless of the year and the month on our calendars). Similarity, getting relationships back on track is no exception – it’s a consistent and never ending plugging away in the form of love, care, respect and truth – everyday, no exceptions.

New Year’s resolutions seem to be like an unconquerable beast; and that is because the idea that New Years are supposed to bring big changes is untrue and impractical – you can’t expect to go drunk on the night of December the 31st and then resolve to never drink again from the following morning onwards. To reiterate: the concept of making huge life changes in one day is bound to fall flat because we are creatures of habits that are hard wired into our brains via complex neuro-associations – changing these habits take time, patience, fearlessness towards failing and a resolve which grows from strength to strength with each little internal and external win over old habits.

So what is the solution? Rather than going after many huge goals; consider chopping your goals into smaller weekly (or even daily) goals. Instead of just making yourself a New Year wish list, consider devising a strategy with multiple plans, complimentary plans and backup plans. Instead of saying, “I will lose a hundred pounds”; make a resolution to simply get up from bed every morning for a ten minute walk. Instead of saying, “I will improve my relationship with my wife”; consider saying, “I will start with sending her flowers every Monday morning”. Instead of saying “I will create the next Google”; consider saying, “I will spend my weekends understanding the business, talking to the right people and coming up with unique and fresh business ideas”.

Remember that great success in any aspect of life does not come instantly. Infact, being successful is not a destination; it is a direction towards which we consistently move in, without ever giving up or giving in.

Once you have mastered time, you will understand how true it is that most people overestimate what they can accomplish in a year – and underestimate what they can achieve in a decade! – Tony Robbins

Santa Cruz will always hold a place in peoples’ hearts. You love it and you hate. Great amount of beauty, diversity, things to do, poor paying jobs. So do you decide to forget it go for a great job and get a bland house in nowhwereville? Yes that is a choice that many choose, but if you do decide to stay, why don’t you buy a home in Santa Cruz?.

Now is one of the best times to buy a home in the last 7 or so years. Consider the following items.

1) The interest rates on long-term, fixed, and adjustable mortgages are at historically low levels and your buying power is multiplied.

2) Consider all the choices of homes on the market today. While homes sit on the market for longer periods of time, you have more choices when it comes to selecting a home that meets your needs.

3) With the increase in the conforming loan limit soon be occurring, as a buyer you will be able to borrow at lower interest rates, a higher loan amount, which will reduce your buying costs to lower than ever before levels. Prior to the increase, the conforming loan limit was $417,000, and it is likely to be adjusted for Santa Cruz County a couple of hundred thousand dollars more. The elevated level is set to expire at the end of the year,so you had better act soon. The current spread between jumbo, or non-conforming mortgage loans and conforming mortgages is about three quarters of one point, so the savings can amount to several hundred dollars a month .

So there you have it, a recipe for a qualified buyer to get a great deal on many fronts. Good inventory of homes to choose from, accommodating sellers, even bank owned foreclosures and short sales, great interest rates, a government eager to help and assure financing is available.

Go ahead, take the plunge. Every big decision has some fears; this is one I think you will look back on and say why didn’t I buy two. Happy Househunting.

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