Sunday, February 22, 2015

Lady Justice on the Dark Side Released by Mystery author, Robert Thornhill

Award-winning author Robert Thornhill announces the release of the nineteenth installment in his Lady Justice mystery/comedy series, Lady Justice on the Dark Side.

Independence, MO, February 21, 2015 - The first eighteen novels in the series, Lady Justice Takes A C.R.A.P. City Retiree Action Patrol, Lady Justice and the Lost Tapes, Lady Justice Gets Lei’d, Lady Justice and the Avenging Angels, Lady Justice and the Sting, Lady Justice And Dr. Death, Lady Justice and the Vigilante, Lady Justice and the Watchers, Lady Justice and the Candidate, Lady Justice and the Book Club Murders, Lady Justice and the Cruise Ship Murders, Lady Justice and the Class Reunion, Lady Justice and the Assassin, Lady Justice and the Lottery, Lady Justice and the Vet, Lady Justice and the Organ Traders, Lady Justice and the Pharaoh’s Curse and Lady Justice in the Eye of the Storm are currently available through bookstores, online and on the author’s website.

After five years on the police force, a bullet in the kiester from a vengeful gangbanger convinces Walt that it’s time to turn in his badge.

Walt realizes once again that retirement just isn’t his cup of tea, and with a little urging from his brother-in-law, decides to become a private investigator.

For five years he had served the Lady Justice wearing a white robe and a blindfold and followed the rules, but he soon discovered that the P.I. business was leading him across the line into the dark side and a completely different set of rules.

When Walt comes face to face with the Lady Justice on the dark side, dressed in a tight skirt, fishnet stockings and high heels, he is faced with decisions that will change the course of his life.

Christina Jones of Independence, MO. writes, “Walt Williams, a senior member of the City Retiree Action Patrol retires from serving Lady Justice after a life-threatening ambush. Is author Robert Thornhill retiring one of our favorite comedy/mystery heroes? Maybe only for about the 3 minutes it takes you to get engrossed in the new direction Williams gets pulled into — after all, there are more angles to serving the Lady than just being a cop! A great afternoon read with all the familiar characters and plenty of action to keep the story moving right along. Thornhill has added some new twists and turns, but in the end, Walt is still protecting Truth, Justice and the American Way!

Six volumes in the series, Lady Justice and the Vet, Lady Justice and the Assassin, Lady Justice and the Organ Traders, Lady Justice and the Pharaoh’s Curse, Lady Justice and the Candidate and Lady Justice in the Eye of the Storm have all reached the #1 rank on Amazon during the past year.

Read Chapter #1 here:

Robert is also the author of the Rainbow Road series of chapter books for children.

Visit him on the web at

Robert Thornhill
Books By Bob
21312 E. 37th Terr Ct S
Independence, MO 64057

Friday, February 20, 2015

Hofsas House Hotel in Carmel-by-the-Sea Announces 2 New Packages

History Walking Tour and Movie Star Tour

Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA, February 21, 2015 - Celebrating more than six decades of European hospitality at the beautiful Bavarian-inspired Hofsas House Hotel, the Theis family proudly announces seven new themed packages to their valued guests. Each has been crafted with the same minute attention to detail generations of guests have come to expect from Hofsas House Hotel and is as unique and charming as Carmel itself All are available year-round:

* History Walking Tour
Delight in the special charms of Carmel on a leisurely, fun and informative two-hour guided walk past enchanting Fairy-tale cottages, through secret pathways, hidden courtyards and award-winning gardens. At the end of the tour, you’ll  feel like a local. Cost is $25 per person. When booking use promotion code: HHWALKS

* Movie Star Tour
Monterey Movie Tours® is a fascinating two-tours-in-one outing featuring both magnificent landscapes and blockbuster scenes from some of the 200 movies filmed across the Monterey Peninsula. It’s your ticket to a star-studded getaway. Relax aboard the multimedia Theater-On-Wheels® – a customized luxury motor coach with high-back seats, overhead video screens and personal headsets. Cost is $ 55  per person.  When booking use promotion code: HHSTARS

2 Night Media Stays Available Upon Request/Airfare Not Included

If you would like to visit the Hofsas House, please email the following information:

First and Last Name

Publication You Will be Writing For

2 Options of Travel Dates

Blackout Dates For Media Visits: February 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 20th and 21st; March 7th and 14th

Any Special Details:  Traveling with Children; Traveling with Dogs; Mobility Concerns; Food Allergies

Thank you.

About Hofsas House:
Owned and operated by the Theis Family, Hofsas House Hotel is within walking distance of everything Carmel has to offer, including a stunning beach, fine restaurants and shops and wine tasting. It provides peaceful respite and European charm just minutes from Monterey, Pebble Beach, Big Sur and Pacific Grove. The Hofsas House’s 38 spacious, one-of-a-kind rooms boast European comfort and lovely views and amenities such as fireplaces, private balconies, wet bars, kitchens and patios. Large suites provide the perfect stay for newlyweds and anyone else seeking an extra special getaway. Dutch doors in every room allow guests to welcome in the ocean air, and free WiFi enables them to stay connected — if they want to.

The Hofsas House Hotel family works to ensure every visitor's experience is special, striving to offer the highest quality personal services. Consider the continental breakfast, abundant with fresh French Roast coffee, tea, juice, fruit and pastries from a neighborhood bakery, or the personalized concierge services for guests and their families, including their four-legged family members, who are welcome as well.

For large groups — wedding parties, company meetings, family reunions and others — Hofsas House Hotel offers a spacious room equipped with a fireplace and full kitchen that can comfortably accommodate 40 people. A heated pool, dry saunas, decks with views and off-street parking are on-site as well.

Hofsas House Hotel is located on San Carlos Street, north of Fourth Avenue in Carmel-by-the-Sea. For more information, call (831) 624-2745 or visit

Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox Public Relations
Long Beach, CA
(831) 747-7455

Educational and Professional growth is just a Synaap away!

Long Beach Resident Anita Herrera Launches New One-of-a-Kind, Non Profit called --an interactive social media tool to provide students with the information, access to mentorship and the encouragement needed to stay on track with their educational goals

Long Beach, CA, February 20, 2015 - Upon arriving as a freshman on the campus of UCLA, a young Anita Herrera wondered: Do I really belong here? As the first in her family to attend a four-year university, Anita lacked a roadmap to help her negotiate the rigorous academic environment. And then, during her first quarter of study, her beloved grandfather died suddenly of a heart attack.

“Just hours before he died he held my hand and said, ‘Love God and keep studying.’ Those words became my life’s motto,” Anita said. “During the times when I had very little financial or emotional support, I clung to those words.”

Fast-forward a couple decades. Anita Herrera became Dr. Anita Herrera Hamilton a board certified pediatric neuropsychologist at Children’s Hospital, Los Angeles. Having attained her educational goals she wants to empower the world to do the same. Literally. Hamilton has launched a one-of-a-kind, website called, an interactive social media tool to provide students with the information, access to mentorship and the encouragement needed to stay on track with their educational goals.

The idea behind is to establish a national and then global network of collaborative mentorship that is convenient, efficient and accessible to anyone in need of educational support.

Hamilton believes that mentorship is a fluid, organic, collaboration of supportive team members, and each mentor brings a unique perspective and role. At, some will focus on academics, others will provide insight geared toward personal or professional development. The goal is to encourage others to optimize their hard work, knowledge and personal life experiences.

“Because of, future leaders no longer have to feel isolated or alone in their educational journey,” Hamilton said. “They will be able to see, know and interact with others like them, or who started out like them, and through these interactions achieve their educational goals then turn around and do the same.”

Hamilton completed her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature at UCLA (1996) and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology with an emphasis in neuropsychology at the Fuller School of Psychology in Pasadena (2005). Following residency at Children’s Hospital Colorado and a post-doctoral fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Dr. Hamilton received board certification in Clinical Neuropsychology from the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology. She is currently CHLA’s Director of Neuropsychology at the Children’s Orthopaedic Center.

Dr. Hamilton envisions 5,000 members within’s first year, increasing to 20,000 the second year, and 100,000 in the third year. Future goals include: providing information resources from local and national experts via the site’s “Fuel,” “Balance” and “Inspire” tabs; hosting/streaming local and national leaders speaking to others about education and professional development; obtaining advertising contracts to cover financial costs and overhead; initiating a Synaap app that allows members log their education, exercise and nutrition progress and then analyze this data to modify behavior and realize success; and opening a headquarters as the website becomes THE social media tool for all mentorship organizations, with global input from all seven continents.

In the end, Hamilton hopes members are able to have goal-focused and solution-oriented interactions that instill and promote professional development.

No one knows more than Hamilton how inspiration is the genesis of learning, and how learning is the path to joy and fulfillment.

“ provides an efficient mechanism for busy professionals to encourage and mentor future leaders,” she said. “When we give to others we stay relevant and innovative and in the end really benefit ourselves.” is a 501c3.

Learn more about

Press Contact:
Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox Public Relations
Long Beach, CA
(831) 747-7455

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

48th Annual Monterey Scottish Games & Celtic Festival returns to the Monterey County Fair & Event Center on August 1st and 2nd, 2015

Dozens of kilted athletes, bagpipers and dancers will be back in Monterey entertaining Festival-goers who will enjoy experiencing the fascinating Celtic culture.

Monterey, CA, February 18, 2015 - Save the date! The 48th Annual Monterey Scottish Games & Celtic Festival brings the bright colors of hundreds of tartan plaids and the sounds of many talented bagpipe bands to Monterey! Put on your kilt and sporran, bring your family and friends, and visit the mystical lands of Scotland and Ireland … without even leaving the Monterey Peninsula. Dozens of kilted athletes, bagpipers and dancers will be back in Monterey entertaining Festival-goers who will enjoy experiencing the fascinating Celtic culture.

The award-winning Scottish Society of the Monterey Peninsula will hold its 48th Annual Monterey Scottish Games & Celtic Festival ( on Saturday and Sunday, August 1st and 2nd 2015, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The festival will take place at the beautiful and spacious Monterey County Fair & Event Center located at 2004 Fairground Road, Monterey, CA, 93940.

This very popular Celtic celebration brings the music, dance, food and athletic events of Scotland and Ireland to Monterey County. Featuring fun activities for the whole family, the Monterey Scottish Games & Celtic Festival offers a variety of live Celtic entertainment with exciting massed pipe bands on parade, including many award-winning California-based pipe bands, plus talented Highland and Irish dancers.

The outstanding array of special entertainment this year will feature many crowd-pleasing favorites for all ages including internationally known entertainers. On Sunday, the Festival will also feature “Salute to the Irish” that will include special Irish entertainment, including performances by the hilarious Seamus Kennedy.

The Monterey Scottish Games & Celtic Festival also features exciting Scottish heavy athletic competition events seen in award-winning films such as Braveheart, Rob Roy and Brave, including the famous caber toss, hammer and stone throw, weight for distance and height, and the sheaf toss.

Among the many thrilling sights and sounds are crowd-pleasing activities such as the powerful massed pipe bands, thrilling Drum Major competition, Solo and Pipe Band competitions, Highland Dancing, Irish Step dancing, and sheepdog herding. Step back in time with costumed historical re-enactment Groups depicting life in 16th Century Scotland with Clan Galbraith, St. Andrew’s Society including meet and greets and tea with Mary Queen of Scots, and the SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism). Festival attendees will also enjoy researching their own clans at the clan and Celtic association tents as they stroll through the Avenue of Clans.

There are lots of fun interactive children’s games activities planned for the wee ones at the Children's Glen, too. Little ones can participate in scaled down athletic events (mini-Caber toss, pillow over the bar, mini braemar stone putt), plus enjoy fun Celtic craft projects and the popular Celtic Quest.

Many vendors at the Monterey Scottish Games & Celtic Festival will offer tasty and British and Scottish food and drink, and unique Scottish, British and Irish crafts, jewelry, clothing, and music that will be enjoyed by all. There’s always great shopping with authentic products imported from Scotland, Ireland and England and hand-made items with Celtic themes.

Don’t miss the popular whisky tasting seminar that celebrates one of Scotland’s greatest exports—fine, single malt Scotch whisky and learn more about the history, distillation process and various tasting characteristics of fine whiskies. Guinness beer and other beverages are abundant as well.

Advance discount presale tickets will be available soon at

Each year, the proceeds from the Monterey Scottish Games & Celtic Festival benefit several local non-profit organizations in Monterey County.

For more details, check out the website or call (831) 682-2022. For sponsorship opportunities, interviews and high resolution photos, please call Wendy Brickman, Brickman Marketing, at 831-633-4444 or email

Wendy Brickman
Brickman Marketing
395 Del Monte Center #250
Monterey, CA 93940

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Former NBA Star, Executive Coach and Transformational Speaker Joe Courtney Releases Hard Cover Version and Training Program for “Life Above and Beyond the Rim”

Joe Courtney reveals 10 Secrets to Elevate Success, Monetize and Transform your life.

Scottsdale, AZ, February 10, 2015 – Former NBA basketball player Joe Courtney announced the upcoming release of the hard cover version of “Life Above and Beyond the Rim”. Courtney has also launched a 10 week training program to accompany the best-selling book aimed at empowering people through his 10 principles to unlock and break through barriers to achieve success in business and in life.

The NEW Hardcover book will be released on February 20, 2015 via Amazon and other retail outlets. Pre-release orders are available at Those who order the hard cover edition prior to the 20th will receive a personally signed action shot in the book and will also receive a FREE 10 Week Training on the book (Valued at $397).

Courtney is no stranger to adversity and breaking through barriers in order to achieve success. Joe who didn’t pick up a basketball until his 10th grade year in high school has broken through many barriers including making it to the NBA without being drafted and owning and operating a successful design build company. His work was featured in Architectural Digest, and many other publications. Now Joe is spreading the message of empowerment through his new book and success program “Life Above and Beyond the Rim”.

The book has been endorsed by some of the top leaders on the topic of success. Tim Grover, who is the Best-selling Author of “Relentless” and personal performance expert for Michael Jordan Charles Barkley, Kobe Bryant, and Dwayne wade, had this to say about Joe’s book; "Some people just talk about breaking through barriers; Joe Courtney has actually done it. His book can do the same for you."

Former Suns Owner and Head of USA Basketball Jerry Colangelo chimed in with this; " His book should serve as a tremendous inspiration to people of all ages, athletes and non-athletes regarding commitment, compassion and empowerment."

Learn more about Joe and PRE-ORDER “Life Above and Beyond the Rim” at

Scott Kelly
Black Dog Promotions
9920 S. Rural Rd., Ste 108
Tempe, AZ 85284

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

You’re never too old to fall in love: Seniors around the country set a new trend

Residents at retirement communities around the country find love in their golden years

Lake Oswego, OR, February 10, 2015 — As Valentine’s Day approaches, seniors across the country who have lost their sweethearts are finding love again—but this time, it is with fellow residents in senior living communities. When introduced into a community of similarly aged seniors – many of whom have already raised families or had long-lasting marriages – these individuals are falling in love. Many are even getting married well into their 80s and 90s. Their heartwarming senior romance stories are an emerging trend and will give you one more reason to believe in love this February.
“After moving into Lakeview Park within just a few weeks of one another, I kept seeing Phil at many of the activities the community offers,” explains Nina, 85, Lakeview Park resident and now a blushing bride-to-be. “We would chat afterwards and started hanging out on our own, and our friendship just grew from there into love. We are quite excited for our wedding in May!”

Seniors today are not sitting idly by; they are engaging with friends, enjoying their favorite hobbies, staying active in their communities, and even finding love. Here are just a few stories of senior romances that have recently bloomed between Holiday Retirement residents:

1. Sparks fly and love blooms in time for the May 2015 wedding at Lakeview Park in Fenton, Missouri
When Nina, 85, decided her home required too much upkeep, she moved into a local senior living community. She never expected that just a few weeks later she would meet her beau Phil, 81. What started as a friendship quickly bloomed into love, and the two will be married among fellow Lakeview Park residents and staff this May.

2. Glee club sparks senior romance at Village Gate of Farmington in Farmington, Connecticut
Cheryl, 58, has called Village Gate her home for five years and is active in the retirement community’s glee club. When Jim, 69, moved in and joined the glee club, he only had eyes for Cheryl, and friendship quickly turned to romance. This senior couple will tie the knot this Valentine’s Day at the senior living community.

3. A city boy and a farm girl find love at Edgewood Downs in Beaverton, Oregon
John, a 90-year-old city boy from San Francisco, met Fran, an 82-year-old farm girl from Iowa, when she bluntly asked what his name was while waiting for the elevator. This moment was the start of a beautiful senior romance; the two began dining together and have been inseparable ever since.

4. Cupid strikes when you least expect it at Edgewood Downs
Neither 72-year-old Judy nor 80-year-old Asher expected to find their sweethearts when they each decided to move to the local independent senior living community. However, Cupid had other plans. After sharing their first dance at Edgewood Downs’ Valentine’s Day Celebration in 2014, these two lovebirds will celebrate their one-year date-anniversary on Saturday.

5. True love strikes at Madrona Hills in Salem, Oregon
Jim, 73, moved into Madrona Hills and was depressed after losing his wife; then Jim met Dina, a spry 79-year-old fellow resident, on a bus trip and his spirits were lifted. The two say they have found true love and enjoy spending time together dancing, shopping, and going to the Elks Club.

While being “young and in love” is something many people yearn for, there is something to be said for the growing number of seniors who are finding love years after they originally thought it was no longer in their life plan. As lifespans lengthen and seniors stay active longer, senior romances continue to have more opportunity to bloom in senior living communities across the U.S.

Learn more about our Valentine’s Day couples at

“When many of our residents decide to move into a senior living community, it’s often after the loss of a spouse, and many believe they’ll never find love again,” said Jamison Gosselin, vice president of marketing, communications, and resident enrichment for Holiday Retirement, a provider of more than 300 senior living communities. “In our communities, seniors today are much more active than they have been in the past. We find that after spending mealtimes together, socializing with neighbors, and participating in a whirlwind of daily activities, our residents are quick to make new friends, and some even find romance.”

Looking for a little advice on love and relationships this Valentine’s Day from those who have seen it all? Seniors – centenarians, specifically – shared their advice on love, relationships, and marriage in a recent report, “100 Years of Wisdom: The Perspective of Centenarians.” Request a copy today at

Media Contact:
Brian K. Fawkes
Holiday Retirement
(971) 245-8337

About Holiday Retirement
Since 1971, Holiday Retirement has endeavored to provide its signature “Holiday Touch” to residents and their families. Today, Holiday is a trusted name in senior living and provides security, comfort, and value to independent seniors seeking a fulfilling lifestyle. Holiday operates more than 300 retirement communities, making it the second largest senior housing operator in the United States. For more information about Holiday Retirement, please call 800-322-0999 or visit

Molly Koch
Communications Strategy Group
3225 East 2nd Avenue
Denver, CO 80206

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

Monday, February 2, 2015

Hey Wine Lovers! Twisted Roots Launches National Drink Wine Day Pinterest Contest

Twisted Roots Carmel Valley Tasting Room at Lyons Head Gallery, 12 Delfino Place in the heart of the valley is open Friday through Sunday12:00 p.m.–5 p.m.).

Carmel Valley, CA, February 03, 2015 — Twisted Roots Carmel Valley Tasting Room at Lyons Head Gallery, 12 Delfino Place in the heart of the valley is open Friday through Sunday12:00 p.m.–5 p.m.).  The tasting room pours  wines created from estate grapes on vines first planted in Lodi in 1918.  Did you know the winery’s name came from a twisted root that the family dug up from the vineyard?

Twisted Roots Launches its inaugural Pinterest contest.  Hey wine lovers! February 18th is National Drink Wine Day and we are celebrating by spreading the love and health benefits of wine! From the beauty of the vineyards to hilarious wine jokes, Pinterest is bursting with fun content for wine lovers. Share your favorite images, quotes and jokes and enter to win in our latest Pin-It-To-Win-It Contest!

To enter the contest simply:

Pin It To Win It!

* February 18th is National Drink Wine Day and we are celebrating by spreading the love and health benefits of wine! From the beauty of the vineyards to hilarious wine jokes, Pinterest is bursting with fun content for wine lovers.
* Create A Board Titled: Twisted Roots Love Wine!
* Add a minimum of 5 pictures

of your favorite wine images, quotes and jokes with the hashtag #TwistedRootsLovesWine and #TwistedRootsWinery

* Email a link of your board to:
* One lucky winner will win a $50 Visa Gift Card and three people will receive a complimentary tasting for two to our Carmel Tasting Room!
* Enter to win between February 1st and February 28th. Winner announced on March 5th.
Certified Green Growers:

At Twisted Roots, we believe in letting the grapes speak for themselves.  Partner Josh Ruiz, representing partners Ross Schmiedt and Mike Hodge, stated that, “We feel that our work in the vineyard is the genesis for the flavor and overall complexity of our wines.  As Lodi Certified Green Growers we follow sustainable farming practices throughout the entire winemaking process.”

The certification of Twisted Roots as a green grower includes two components: The Lodi Rules practice standards, and a Pesticide Environmental Assessment System that measures the impact of all organic and synthetic pesticides used during the year. The vineyard is audited annually by a third party to verify farming practices, and may not exceed a maximum number of points calculated using the system.

Among the Certified Sustainable Practices are the following:
Integrated Pest Management: Twisted Roots limits crop protection to only essential measures, and creates and maintains a habitat for natural enemies of certain pests. For example, the family plants specific types of grasses in its “1918” Old Vine Zinfandel vineyard to help attract beneficial insects.

Air Quality Control: Twisted Roots plants cover crops of native grasses in and around its vineyards to minimize dust, and limits tractor usage to reduce air pollution and conserve energy.

Land Stewardship: The family integrates the management of the vineyards with the ecosystem by providing riparian zones, maintaining vernal pools, protecting wildlife habitat, and installing nesting boxes for birds and bats. To combat a growing problem of coyotes chewing up irrigation pipes, workers began leaving buckets of water for the coyotes. Now the coyotes eat the rodents, leaving the irrigation alone.

Water Management: Vineyard workers constantly monitor soil moisture and measure the vines’ water needs. They regulate waterusage through careful irrigation scheduling, and constantly maintain and service irrigationsystems to ensure maximum efficiency.

Soil Health: Believing that healthy soil leads to great wines, Twisted Roots adds organic matter by planting cover crops and by utilizing compost. Experts control fertilizer and irrigation to maximize nutrition in the soil, which results in higher quality, more concentrated fruit. Each year analysts run soil and plant tissue tests to determine the needs of the vineyard.

Human Resources: People are the foundation of great sustainably grown wines. Twisted Roots workers receive comprehensive training and development that enables them to perform their jobs safely and maximize their ability for year-round employment.

The Twisted Roots family creates a sustainable vision for the farm that provides the foundation for sustainable winegrowing. This philosophy helps ensure the long-term health, biodiversity and productivity of the farm and the surrounding ecosystem. All of the Twisted Roots’ farming practices can be evaluated to determine whether they move the vineyard toward or away from this vision.

In the end, sustainability keeps the Twisted Roots’ family close to its land, and helps ensure that future generations will get to enjoy that land and all of its bounty.
Twisted Roots Philanthropy:

For every bottle sold, Twisted Roots donates a portion of the proceeds to the ALS Foundation for research into ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). Our partner and creator of the Twisted Roots brand is afflicted with ALS.  Additionally, Twisted Roots donates money to MEarth and its Hilton Bialek Habitat at Carmel Middle School. As Josh said, “Twisted Roots wants to make good quality wine and give back to their communities."

Where to Purchase and Taste Wines:

Both CafĂ© Rustica, Mission Ranch and Tarpy's Roadhouse serve Twisted Roots wines. And, of course, you can have a full tasting right in Carmel Valley (831-594-8282) or in Lodi by appointment (916-300-2416).

12 Del Fino Place
Carmel Valley, Ca 93924
Tel: 831-594-8282

Twisted Roots Story:
Centered in the heart of the Lodi Appellation, Twisted Roots Vineyard is the work of three generations of family members dedicated to the practice of growing great wine grapes by following sustainable growing practices. While our vineyard was established in 1918, it wasn't until recently that we began producing our own wines.

The Twisted Roots Vineyard label started with a Petite Sirah in 2005 by Ross, after experimenting in the basement of the original farmhouse. In 2009, we began commercial production and expanded our offerings to include other varietals grown on the estate.

Winemaking was moved subsequently from the old farmhouse to our partners at Estate Crush.  Petite Sirah continues to be our flagship wine; we also offer Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Old Vine Zinfandel.

Marci Bracco Cain
Carmel, CA 93923

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