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Alpine Beer Company Pub

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Alpine Beer Company PubAlpine Beer Company Pub
BA SCORE
99
world-class

131 Ratings
Ratings: 131
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 9.33%
Taps: 12
Bottles: 10
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

2363 Alpine Blvd
Alpine, California, 91901-2202
United States
phone: (619) 445-2337

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(Place added by: womencantsail on 01-12-2011)
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Reviews by slander:
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4.44/5  rDev -1.3%

I’m feeling much better, thanx for asking. And very timely as our traveling roadshow moves on to the up in the out east of somewhere. In a strip mall of not quite, but a little stretch of roadside stores. And Alpine plays on both ends; a bit of a shoebox bar to the left, and a bottle sales/growler fills/tasting room to the right. Bookstore & salon in between the bookends of fun...

Put in for a table of 6 (yeah, good luck with that), and went next door and sampled, oh yes, we sampled. You get 4 of your choice for a $1.50 each (+ tax), which we did, and then returned to the bar side, a small A-framish room now totally chill. Brick walls and stucco otherwise; gray and white and something seemingly pale green behind the bar. The décor is heavily brewery tin and vintage advertisements with new slogan silliness. Large vertical logo mirrors on the far wall, with cool b/w biking and beer pics & prints, colored stuff in between, and framed coaster displays, too. Flatscreen in the front corner (Raaanger hockey!), and another on the back wall over a kitchen peek-a-boo; a cupboard piece in the corner there with bottles, wine, glassware & gaming. Drop spinny lighting combos and standout red ductwork. Black & white checkerboard floors with an every so often red tile for effect. Bamboo blinded front windows strung with baby white holiday lighting.

On the far wall, a straight wood slat topped bar, with a slight lip, and 8 stools attached. Pint glasses line the bar up front, more pints & pitchers shelved above the tulips dangling over the barback counter, some wines displayed, and a few random pint glasses and house 22’s atop & shelved otherwise. Handles everywhere, pointing every which way. Between the barback and bar proper, 3 sets of tap tower trios, and a pair of 2 tap towers in 3 places, quick math, fingers, toes, 15 taps in all; currently 10 house beers up (their logo handles showing), and something called ‘La Folie’.

4 square tables angled down the center of the room (we have gone and taken over 2 of them and pushed them together for we, 6), plus 3 boothings along the wall, and 2 hightops up front in the windows. Something of a garden space out back, all bricky and tiered with a handful of tables, and the standalone bathrooms (Ben is correct, it’s a shed or something).

And the beer; 10 on tap, 7 of which I got to try between sampling next door and here (Nelson, a killer Rye IPA with Nelson Sauvin hops, duh, excellent; Duet IPA, with Simcoe & Amarillo, piney, citrus, killer; Pure Hopiness, a Double IPA, tropical fruit, nicely balanced without the alcohol pain; Willy Vanilly, much better than most of the sickly sweet cloying disgusting vanilla beers I’ve had; Apricot Nectar, quite pleasant as fruit beers go; McIlhenney’s Irish Red, lo-lo-lovely, red, malty, caramel, dryness, love; Gouden Vallei, one crazy spicy Belgian Pale Ale), and the 3 I didn’t get at (Captain Stout, Willy Wheat Ale, Alpine Ale).

Richard insisted that I drink something called the Captain & Vanilla; a blend of the Captain Stout and Willy Vanilly, which was actually pretty good. But the Nelson, Duet IPA, and McIlhenney’s Irish Red were the best of ‘em. Would have liked to have had at the Chez Monieux (shame on you), a Belgian sour on cherry, bottled yes, but not on tap in the big room today. Should I have grabbed a bottle to go? That was not a question, I wasn’t asking (I did).

I wanted, and I mean, I really wanted, them dry rub wings; but they were out, so I opted not for anything, although the grilled cheese sandwich was laughing at me, and people were looking at me ‘cause I was being laughed at by a grilled cheese sandwich and didn’t have shit to say. Meh, smoked gouda & cheddar, oh, I’m sure that wasn’t any good anyway. Seems they do some Cue, too, but we’re in the snack and not dinner game so I refrained. Still, everyone else seemed pretty happy with their foodings.

And did I mention our waitserverperson was just the loveliness of all ever, wonderfully friendly in a “didn’t have to fake that shit” kind of way. And the lady in the tasting room, we will call her Val (brewer’s wife), was also most excellent. Cool scene, great beer, solid house in Alpine.

slander, Jul 31, 2012
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My first time up to Alpine did not disappoint. The pub was sort of cramped--as it was pretty busy--but, it still had a nice inviting atmosphere. Despite the crowd and the size of the pub, it wasn't suffocating. The menu consisted of a fairly standard pub course, but the taste and quality was outstanding. Of course, the beer was fantastic.

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Stopped by here on a beautiful sunny day while driving to Julian.

Walked in on a wed afternoon and to our delight it was wing/pitcher wednesdays, $1.50 whole habanero honey wings that were amazingly tasty and $13 pitchers WOW.

Started with a 4ct taster; Duet, Nelson, Pure Hoppiness and Laupulin Star.
All amazing and complex brews. Settled in with a pitcher of Duet and a couple pints of Nelson which I dont need to tell you is all that and a bag o chips.

Great small town atmosphere, attentive servers who know the beer, and not a hipster douche bag vibe of any kind. Employees were also very welcoming and friendly on the brewery side where they offer growler fills and bottles to take home.

Great beer+great food+great atmosphere= Alpine Beer Company.

Drink Alpine Beer or go to bed!

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Alpine Beer Company Pub in Alpine, CA
99 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.