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Half Moon Bay’s Budgetary Alement Ale

By Jay Brooks
Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010 at 12:35 pm in On Beer.

Since today is election day, here’s the perfect beer to help you through the political machinations of the day. It was brewed by Half Moon Bay Brewing, which is located at Pillar Point Harbor overlooking the Marina in Princeton-by-the Sea. The beer is Budgetary Alement Ale and they’ve sent a five-pack to California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. They also sent bottles to the rest of the state’s “Big Five” Leadership “in honor of the recent passing of the state’s budget, which was 100 days overdue.”


According to Half Moon Bay’s press release:

One dollar ($1) from every sale of Budgetary Alement between now and the end of the year will also be donated to California Forward — a nonpartisan organization dedicated to reforming California’s fiscal and budgetary ails.

“A strong ale for a weak economy,” Budgetary Alement was created by Lenny Mendonca, co-founder and co-owner of the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company. It has been on the brewing rotation since February 2010 and is available on tap ($5.25/pint), by the growler ($18.75), or by the bottle ($6.75). It is sold at the restaurant and in local retail outlets such as Bay Area Beverages and More locations, New Leaf Community Market in Half Moon Bay and Roberts Markets in Woodside and Portola Valley, Calif.

“We hope Governor Schwarzenegger, Assembly Speaker John Perez, Assembly Minority Leader Martin Garrick, Senate President pro tempore Darrell Steinberg and State Minority Leader Dennis Hollingsworth can take a moment and set partisan issues and budgeting stress aside to enjoy a nice, cold bottle of our handcrafted Budgetary Alement,” said Mendonca. “We’re very proud of our ale and know it’s helped many of our guests take the edge off during a rough economy.”

California Forward co-Chair and former Speaker of the Assembly Robert Hertzberg said, “California Forward is committed to ensuring we fundamentally fix California’s broken budget and governance and we hope that some Budgetary Alement can help lubricate that conversation.”


Emblazoned with a grizzly bear, red star and the outline of the state filled with $100 bills, the Budgetary Alement bottle label reads, “Brewed as an English-style IPA, the malt bill, comprised of Golden Promise and Munich Malts, has been paid. No IOU’s in this beer. The hops are East Kent and Styrian Goldings, with a touch of Centennials and add up to about 50 IBU’s, the same as the number of states that should have a budget in place. Also, we have not cut any of our brewing programs to make this beer. It’s whole and complete, just as our schools and parks should be.”

Politics and social activism are also brought to life every month at the Brewing Company with “Brews and Views,” a regular speaker’s series that tackles public issues that affect us all, from California to Washington, DC. Founded by Mendonca, who is a Director at McKinsey & Company and on the Leadership Council of California Forward, Brews and Views serves as both public forum and fundraiser for Coastside non-profit organizations.

So get out and vote, and then enjoy a Half Moon Bay Budgetary Alement Ale as your reward.

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