Monday, February 9, 2015

Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa Ballrooms and Meeting Space Underwent a $6 Million Renovations Last Year and has a New Theme

“LAND, EDGE, SEA” “… the greatest meeting of land and sea …” Robinson Jeffers

Monterey, CA, February 10, 2015 -- The Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa offers extensive meeting facilities that are much more than a space to work. It's a place where your meeting attendees will enjoy world-class amenities, while you relax in the knowledge our expert staff is on hand to assist with every detail. The meeting space offers a “campus-like setting” with no distractions. Attendees can easily move from indoor to outdoor between meetings which offers a more productive and inspiring environment.

Throughout 2013 and 2014, the ballrooms and meeting spaces underwent a $6 million major renovation. The new theme “LAND, EDGE, SEA.” The Monterey coast has been described in literature as “the greatest meeting of land and sea”. It is a place of sublime beauty and fertile land, with a coastline that is unequaled in its sense of power and drama.

Centered on this coastline, Monterey captures an atmosphere of intense energy and inspiration and has become a favored destination for anyone seeking rejuvenation of mind and spirit and a gathering place for poets, writers, artists and musicians.

The new design for the Monterey Ballroom and the Monterey Conference Center at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa are inspired by this “great meeting” and reflect the unique characteristics and drama of a location that fosters such creativity.

* The meeting suites offer inviting seating arrangements. Guests experience an almost a living room like-feel.

The theme of LAND, EDGE, SEA, allows guests to experience:

* The Land of The Monterey Ballroom theme is based around the agricultural land and coastline and will provide a calm, fertile ground concept aimed at nurturing life and creativity. Warm earthy colors, repetitive patterns and contrasting textures will complete this concept. The carpet design was inspired by the rhythmic pattern of farm land furrows against the dynamic texture of rugged coast line. The main feature wall expresses undulating pattern inspired by the rolling agricultural hills.

* The Edge and Sea come together in the Monterey Conference Center with waves, coastal bluffs and whales. This area will add verticality, contour, drama and intersection of the land and sea! The main facade to the ballrooms features organic-shape “fins”, whose design was evolved from the pectoral fin of migrating Blue Whale in the Monterey Bay.Dynamic play of cleft coastal bluff and surging waves was gracefully expressed in carpet design. There is a layering ceiling pattern inspired by the encroaching marine fog.

* The Sea is about deep ocean and shimmering water. The life force of intensity, power and raw energy. These themed areas will be bold, powerful, organic and free flowing. The carpet design was inspired by the continuously evolving, shimmering school of fish against deep ocean blue.

Other enhancements made during the renovation include:

* State of the art digital signage

* An expanded the pre-function space

* 10’ x 10’ glass projector screen that displays promotional messages, program of events, messages and more.

Background on the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa Meeting Facilities:
They Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa meeting facilities are the largest from the San Francisco Bay area to LA. Our team provides everything needed to host a productive and memorable event.

* Over 40,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, including indoor and outdoor facilities

* On-site audio-visual experts

* New designed 24 hour business center and Wi-Fi Internet access throughout the hotel

* Enticing catering including creative menus

* Extensive on-site activities including Marilyn Monroe Spa, Monterey Bay Racquet Club and Pebble Beach Company's Del Monte Golf Course

* Delicious on-site dining, including indoor and outdoor venues

* Programs for corporate tournaments, games and families, from team building to offsite excursions

* 550 spacious guestrooms Individual controls for climate, sound, music, telephones, multiple electrical / microphone outlets, audiovisual equipment, and 100V single-phase and 220V single-phase electricity.

About Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa on Del Monte Golf Course
Nestled in 22 acres of soaring Monterey Pines, the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa on Del Monte Golf Course is a destination resort providing the discerning traveler the quintessential Monterey experience. Its location offers guests close proximity to downtown Monterey and Monterey Airport and easy access to some of the Peninsula’s most well-known attractions. With its warm, contemporary ambiance, elegant furnishings and convenient amenities, the hotel offers both leisure and business travelers a Northern California respite of unmatched serenity and comfort. Features include 550 guestrooms including 32 suites, and the President’s House, TusCA Ristorante, Knuckles Sports Bar, Fireplace Lounge featuring live entertainment, personalized concierge service at the Regency Club, a 2,000 square foot fitness facility, Monterey Bay Racquet Club, McIntyre Tasting Studio, two pools and whirlpools, and 12,000 square foot full service luxury spa.

The hotel is located at 1 Old Golf Course Road in Monterey, California. For information call (831) 372-1234 or visit

Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox Public Relations
Monterey, CA 93940

Monterey Bay Brewing Company Produces Fine Ales and Craft Beer

The New Monterey County Operation Launches Flagship Brew Mad Otter Ale

Monterey, CA, February 09, 2015 - Demand for quality craft beer has never been greater, especially in California, where the micro-brew concept was born in the 1960s.

To keep up with that demand, small-batch beer production in the state increased by more than half a million barrels in 2013 — and 108 new craft breweries opened their doors and their kegs.

Embracing this surge of suds is Monterey Bay Brewing Co., a new operation in Monterey County that produces fine ales and craft beers. Mad Otter Ale is the company’s flagship brew, made in small batches by its founders, former accountant Mark Fitch and former real estate agent Scott Coming.

The two friends always shared a love of beer. After attending the Mammoth Mountain Blues and Brews Festival a few years ago, Mark camped out at the two-day event and experienced how everyone was going “mad” over craft beer. The friends attended together the next year and knew they wanted to bring that kind of energy and excitement for craft beer to southern Monterey Bay, an area where they sensed a void of quality craft beer.

They started to homebrew out of their kitchens, and one early evening on a golf course the name Mad Otter Ale popped into Mark’s head. From that light-bulb moment the two have expanded the business, putting their beer into kegs and cans and building community relationships with bar and restaurant owners.

“From that point on we knew we had something special,” Mark said. “Our passion is to provide high quality ales to this area while having fun doing it.”

The first year of brewing proved so successful that they have nearly tapped out their current production capacity. Mark and Scott hope to double the amount of beer they produce in 2015, and are also laying the groundwork for establishing their own facility.

“We currently are focusing on the quality of our flagship pale ale, but are always toying around with what we would like to produce next,” Mark said. “Our loyal customers have lots of ideas of what that should be and we are always happy to get their input.”

Monterey Bay Brewing Co. became the first local craft brewery to can its beer, which is a growing trend in the industry. More than 500 craft breweries across the country now can their beer, accounting for 20 percent of the 2,500 small-batch breweries in the U.S. The canning boom took place in remarkable fashion, from just a few dozen to 500 in just two years, thanks in large part to the ease of packaging and a lower cost than bottles.

Mad Otter Ale has already made numerous appearances at local events, most recently the Big Sur Foragers Festival. Look for the brew at the following local establishments: Tarpy’s Roadhouse, A Taste of Monterey, The Wharf Marketplace and LaLa Grill in Monterey; Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach; Barmel in Carmel; and Big Sur Taphouse in Big Sur. Kegs can be purchased at Lopez Liquors in Carmel. Find out more about Monterey Brewing Co. and Mad Otter Ale at

Company Overview
Monterey Bay Brewing Co., is a new independent brewery owned by two local friends, former professional men who wanted to change careers and change the landscape of American-style micro-brew.

Mark Fitch (on the left) and Scott Coming (on the right) brewed their first batch of Mad Otter Ale in 2012, and today the hoppy yet refreshing ale is pleasing palates all over Monterey County and beyond. Tapping into a growing craft beer trend, Fitch and Coming began canning Mad Otter Ale in 2013, and full kegs are also available.

Find out more about Monterey Brewing Co., and Mad Otter Ale at

Tasting Notes
At its heart, Mad Otter Ale is a classic American-style pale ale packed with notes of tangerine and grapefruit that last from first aroma to the final sip. Showcasing American hops, Mad Otter Ale is brewed with a considerable amount of pale and caramel malts, creating a steady malt profile to balance the bitterness of the hops. A true crowd pleaser, Mad Otter Ale is not overly bitter but is packed with hop flavor.

This handcrafted beer is refreshing enough to cut through the heaviest of dishes while the firm malt notes help to accentuate the caramelized flavor of grilled foods. The citrus notes make it a natural choice for Latin or spicier cuisines; the hops temper the spiciness and accentuate the lime and citrus flavors while cutting through creamy cheese toppings. It is also a great choice to pair with grilled meats and juicy burgers. Because Mad Otter Ale pairs so well with a wide array of foods, it’s a great beer to keep on hand for everyday consumption.

Marci Bracco Cain
Monterey Bay Brewing Company
Monterey, CA 93940