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Our monthly, or bi-monthly, free speakers series that tackles everything from environmental issues and economic development to social change and politics. Started by Lenny Mendonca, the founder and owner of the Brewing Company, Brews and Views serves as both a free public forum and philanthropy; part of the evening dining proceeds benefit the Cabrillo Education Foundation. Times are 6pm to 8pm, unless otherwise noted.

Special Brews&Views Candidate Series
We are delighted to have a special series this fall featuring the following candidates for office for 2018

September 27th: Delaine Easton; Candidate for Governor of CA

October 3rd: Marshall Tuck; Candidate for California State Superintendent of Public Instruction

October 25th: Jeff Bleich; Candidate for Lieutenant Governor of CA

SEPTEMBER 21, 2017
Making Connections: Libraries at the Heart of Community

Share brews and views with our esteemed panel of civic leaders as they discuss how libraries enrich and transform communities.


  • Lenny Mendonca, Moderator, co-founder of the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, Director Emeritus of McKinsey and Company.
  • Alex Castillo, Establishing Citywide Gateways to Citizenship, Fuse Corps Fellow at Los Angeles Public Library.
  • Cameron Johnson, Libraries Helping Address Digital Gaps and Tech Access, San Mateo County Libraries Governing Board, City of San Carlos Council and Director of Product Innovation, Netflix.
  • Rick Kowalczek, Library Facilities as Community Gathering Places, Open Welcoming to Everyone, San Mateo County Libraries Governing Board, City of Half Moon Bay Council, Founder and Managing Partner of Medallurgy, LLC.
  • Jane Yuster, School/Library Connections to Support Learning, Superintendent of Schools Cabrillo Unified School District

OCTOBER 19, 2017
Clean Tech

A conversation with Dan Shugar CEO and Founder of Nextracker

Nextracker is on a mission to mitigate climate change by deploying solar power worldwide. With a combined 150 years of solar experience and 3GW of solar installations, NEXTracker strives to make solar energy a mainstream power source.

NOVEMBER 2, 2017
Imapct Investing

A conversation with Stephanie Cohn Rupp Managing Director of Threshold Group

At Threshold Group, we use our innovative social impact investing methodologies to help align your investments with interests that matter most to you―all with the intent of generating not only measurable impact on your interests, but also on your financial goals.

NOVEMBER 16, 2017
Smart Guns and Firearm Safety Technology

A conversation with Margot Hirsch President of Smart Tech Challenges Foundation

Smart Tech Challenges Foundation funds innovators creating smart guns and firearm safety technologies for American gun owners. Gun owners will benefit from technologies that will help prevent injuries and deaths if a firearm falls into the wrong hands.

DECEMBER 7, 2017
Race Dialogs Part 2

A conversation with Mary Webb and Kate Mayer

Now more than ever people of different backgrounds and races need to come together to share differences and common ground. Mary and Kate are inspiring others to start their own race discussion groups in order to break down racial barriers.