HALF MOON BAY, Calif. — There’s no shortage of great pairings with beer, and political discussions are certainly on that list. Brews and Views, a free monthly event hosted by Half Moon Bay Brewing Company (HMB), has been bringing both together since 2009.
Spearheaded by HMB owner and founder, Lenny Mendonca, Brews and Views brings in guest speakers to talk about a variety of political and social issues — from local to nationally pressing items. The brewery offers free admission to Brews and Views along with complimentary snacks, while serving their full menu of food along with beer and wine. A portion from the proceeds of food sales is donated by HMB to the Cabrillo Education Foundation.
The event occurs on the first Thursday of the month, taking a Summer sabbatical during July and September, and will return in the Fall.
This year, Brews and Views has taken on different forms and highlights, such as a special screening of Robert Kenners’ Merchants Of Doubt from Participant Media; a discussion on the Ebola virus with Gary Selnow, Ph.D, director of Wired International; and a discussion with Michael W. Kirst, the current President of the State Board of Education.
Engaging the brewery with the community is something Mendonca wanted HMB to do since he founded the brewery. “It’s very rewarding,” said Mendonca. “It reinforces for me that if you get people together to engage in a real serious and complicated conversation, they end up actually listening and engaging with each other… it’s like the old town halls and beer halls of the past, and it’s great to see.”
The next Brews and Views takes place on May 7 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and will feature Dave Regan, president of SEIU United Healthcare Works West, a union representing over 150,000 healthcare workers in California. The brewery posts details about upcoming versions of Brews and Views on their website.