Alpine Beer Company Pub
Ratings: 124 | Reviews: 56 | Display Reviews Only:
4.73/5 rDev +4.6%
Alpine had Nelson, Pure Hopiness, Magnificent 7, and Duet on tap when I arrived. They were some of the best IPA's I've ever had the pleasure in drinking. Between how fresh the beers were and the atmosphere of being secluded in the mountains around random people are some if the nicest and most inviting people you'd ever meet, I recommend for everyone to try to make it here! Their grilled cheese is spectacular as well!
05-20-2013 05:00:34 | More by ScaryHairy44
4.56/5 rDev +0.9%
One of the highlights of my San Diego trip and well worth the drive out of the city. The brewery and brewpub sandwich a small bookstore in a relatively small roadside building. Grabbed bombers of Pure Hoppiness & Duet to bring back to the east coast with me before heading to the brewpub.
Sat at the bar with my wife in a couple of relatively uncomfortable bar stools. Ok, maybe I'm just looking for anything to critique about this place. Pint after pint of Pure Hoppiness, Hoppy Birthday & Duet alongside the best chicken wings I've ever had. Maybe it was the beer, maybe it was the smoked then sauced (food, not me) combo, but those bbq wings were tremendous.
So if you're in the San Diego area looking to check out a brewpub making some of the best IPA's in the world.... take the trip out to Alpine!
04-27-2013 02:01:05 | More by bkett01
4.65/5 rDev +2.9%
Great beer! Good food! Overall having to patio to wait for a table and to just have a beer is a major plus. The food is upscale "pub food." The service has always been good, and the atmosphere is what you would expect from a mountain-esque pub.
EDIT- Open the brewery on Sundays!
04-15-2013 18:19:36 | More by drbenzo
4.8/5 rDev +6.2%
After hearing so many great things about Alpine and being lucky enough to try a few of their beers at tastings, this was something I was looking forward to. I was still impressed, as although I like a little more balance to my IPA's in general than most west coast folk, the IPAs here were some of the best I ever had. I only wish I had a chance to try all of their rare releases that I haven't at tastings. The taproom was plenty full for a place that seemed to be more of an outpost and the service didn't suffer that much. Make no mistake, this is not just a business venture here, they are passionate about beer. I would gladly visit again if I ever get the chance.
03-15-2013 22:16:11 | More by MilwaukeeCrusher
4.41/5 rDev -2.4%
Great place. Little mountain town about thirty minutes east of San Diego. Pub is located just a few doors down from brewery. Get your growlers at the brewery and get some great food and beer on tap at the pub. People are mostly very friendly. The beer alone is worth the trip but the food makes it an awesome experience.
02-09-2013 07:39:01 | More by Hamburgers
3.8/5 rDev -15.9%
The beer is fantastic, but Alpine has grown too large for its britches. The only reason for the low marks is because of the high traffic volume in such a small place. Alpine was too crowded, too loud, and the service was mediocre at best. The latter, of course was due to the crowds, not to the servers, as they were all quite personable and nice, and food was good local pub fare. What matters at Alpine is the beer though, and it clearly shows. Definitely recommend the Token for porter lovers, and Nelson for those hopheads in the group.
01-27-2013 21:16:04 | More by ALBuff
4.28/5 rDev -5.3%
When we visit San Diego county we always make a trip out to Alpine for dinner. The guys love the beer that comes out of this small brewery and the food in their pub is excellent. I usually have the BBQ because I just love great BBQ. The last time we were there it was Taco night and everyone else in our group had the tacos and said they were very good. The pub decor is sort of 50s retro and the only complaint I have is the pub is to small. Hopefully they will enlarge it someday. They have a overflow garden to wait in on warm weather days that is nice. The value for what you get for the money is fantastic. Also the water is great, no clorine taste.
12-29-2012 18:20:01 | More by Jodi215
4.44/5 rDev -1.8%
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.
07-31-2012 16:47:42 | More by slander
4.23/5 rDev -6.4%
Tiny little place. Packed with locals during 2-3pm off hours. We were the only ones at the bar though. Me and my friend sat at the bar and were treated to 2 bartenders who knew their stuff. The place can only feasibly carry max about 10 taps at a time. I think there were maybe 9 to choose form. I got a 6 beer sampler which was pricey at 10$ and they short poured on the "rare" beers. W/e the beer was good enough that i stomached it. I also bought a few to-go which were much more reasonably priced. Unfortunately I ate before coming. My friend had a pork sandwich that looked pretty damn impressive. They had almost everything on tap to go in bottles which was nice.
07-26-2012 15:24:48 | More by crossovert
4.55/5 rDev +0.7%
We drove out here on day 2 of our San Diego Beercation for lunch. Considering they were barely open, the place was already full of what I judged to be a mostly local crowd although a few out of town beer geeks could also be detected. The place is quite small, with a sort of beer garden out back also hosting a few tables. We both ordered flights of six and every beer was consistently good with some outright fantastic - my personal favorite was the Duet. The food was great as well and the service was attentive, friendly, and small town quirky. The brewery is one door down in the same building with reasonably priced bombers and growlers. Next time we need to look for a local hotel so we can spend an entire afternoon or evening here without worrying about the drive back to San Diego.
04-20-2012 00:32:17 | More by coldriver
Alpine Beer Company Pub in Alpine, CA
99 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.