Alpine Beer Company Pub
Taps: 12 / Bottles: 10
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 113 | Reviews: 55 | Display Reviews Only:
4.95/5 rDev +10%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $
The pub and the brewery are adjacent so you won't see one without being close to the other. However, if you want to get growlers and/or bottles to go make sure you arrive within the hours that the brewery is open. The pub has a small amount of bottles, but not nearly as many as the brewery room. Note: a 4 bottle per person per day limit is currently in place due to people who own retail liquor stores coming and buying Alpine via retail and then selling it retail--which is illegal. To them--thanks for ruining it for us.
I won't spend time on Alpine's beers because if you're reading this you probably know how amazing they are. I will spend time talking up the amazing servers in the pub and the insanely cheap prices for the quality of the beer. Food prices are reasonable and the food is very good and mainly of the BBQ style. The bathroom is outside in a separated building, which adds to the allure.
In the pub you can get 1oz samples, 5oz pours, 10oz tulips or a pint. I loved this approach because it lets you try a lot of things without drinking so much that you're unable to drive out of there. We visited on St. Patty's day and it was pouring rain, but was still a great time. I would definitely come back anytime I'm in the SD area. It's only like 25min or.
03-25-2012 20:20:15 | More by jraras
4.7/5 rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
I just visited this place for my first time on Sunday January 29th and boy is it small. However they make up for that by brewing some excellent beers. This was my first time trying any of their beers because of their limited distribution so I was excited. I was hoping the Exponential Hoppiness would still be available in bombers but unfortunately it sold out in 1 day :( Now I kind of wish I would have visited another weekend because all the people that came for the Exponential Hoppiness release cleared out all the other beers too like Pure Hoppiness and Nelson. Melonhead was also gone as well and that was one I wanted to try. Aside from those disappointment's the brewery itself is great.
Atmosphere - The atmosphere is cool and definitely has a country feel to it but the workers there were helpful. It was kinda loud because it was busy and it's so small there but nothing they could really do about that.
Quality - The beers were so good. My favorite was Pure Hoppiness (DIPA) followed by Hoppy Birthday (Pale Ale) and Nelson (IPA). I really liked Exponential Hoppiness which they call a TRIPA if that even exists. You can definitely taste the alcohol on that one though but nice flavors still. The Captain Stout was also tasty and I really like their McIlhenney's Irish Red. I would go broke if this place was closer.
Service - They were prompt and they didn't rush us even though people were waiting. They were helpful with going over the beers they had.
Food - The food was just as excellent as their beers. I had the pulled pork sandwich and it was delicious and my finacee' had the Beef Brisket Sandwich and she said it was the best she had ever had. The fried pickles were the best I had tasted as well and oddly enough the fried green beans were really good too. The food is reasonably priced as well.
Overall I really loved this brewery and my financee' already said she wants to go back because she loved the beer and food that much. I will just have to oblige and take her again because it is worth the 2 hour drive.
02-01-2012 20:18:16 | More by Popp24
4.22/5 rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
Standing in line for Exponential Hoppiness sucked, but one of the few upsides of waiting in line is the potential to bond with the people standing around you. After an hour of waiting, I convinced them to hold my spot in line while I walked into the pub for a refreshment.
It's small. So small. There must be 8 tables in the place, a small bar that holds half a dozen people, and despite all the seats in the house gone, it didn't feel crowded. It felt like a small town bar.
I was able to walk up to the bar and ask for a beer. 12 different Alpine beer were pouring from the taps, including Pure Hoppiness, Captain Stout, Willy Vanilly, Hoppy Birthday, Melonhead, and of course Exponential Hoppiness. A handful of bottles are available too. Because the place was full, it took some waiting to finally be helped. However, the wait didn't bug me as much when I got my Hoppy Birthday at just $4.50 for the pint. The food smelled really good too, but that will have to wait for another day.
Fun place to be at, regardless of the occasion.
01-28-2012 17:22:40 | More by DoubleJ
4.65/5 rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I was very fortunate to be able to visit this place during a recent trip to San Diego. It's located about thirty minutes east of the city in a very quaint, small town. The brew pub is located in a small strip of three commercial spaces, two doors down from the brewery.
The place is tiny but it has a warm, welcoming feel to it and doesn't get overly crowded or uncomfortable. Upon entering there is a long bar straight ahead with plenty of stools while the rest of the small room is filled with about 10-12 tables for dining. Kind of rustic looking with minimal decor. Some beer/brewing paraphernalia and large mirrors with their logo. There's one board with the draft offerings and a small cooler of bottles. The bathrooms are located outside of the main building in a separate structure which is kind of odd but they were very clean.
The food and service here were both excellent. There was one bartender and one server working but they handled everything very well. Both were very friendly and knowledgeable, answering all of my questions and offering samples of anything I wanted. Also, our food was prepared and delivered to our table quickly.
Although this is a brew pub, they have some of the best BBQ I've ever had anywhere. The brisket and pulled pork were incredibly tender and delicious. This is a great food destination and I wouldn't hesitate to bring people here who aren't into beer. Everything that we ordered was excellent, even the fried pickles which I'm usually not that big of a fan of.
During our visit the draft selection was very impressive. They had Duet, Nelson and Pure Hoppiness along with a stout, a wheat beer, wheat beer with vanilla, a couple of sessionable beers, some fruit beers, an Irish ale and Bourbon Barrel Aged Token(not infected)! They didn't have any guest beers on but being able to drink their delicious IPAs and other beers at the source was incredible. In addition, they had bottles of Nelson, Pure Hopiness, Willy, Willy Vanilly and a few more.
Overall, this was one of the highlights of my trip. We went for dinner and wound up staying until they closed. Cool vibe, amazing BBQ and beers and excellent service. Some SD locals complain that it's in the middle of nowhere but it's around the same distance as Stone. If I lived in the area I would probably go twice a week. Highly recommended!
01-23-2012 00:55:05 | More by corby112
4.68/5 rDev +4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Man oh man, been drinking Pat's fine ales for 10 years now and thankfully he finally decided to pair his world class ales with some damn good bar food in a setting where one can watch the game and socialize with some fine local people from the Alpine community. Being born and raised in East County (now residing in OB), maybe I am biased, but these are good people that local this spot over the pretentious transplants from the East Coast that claim to be locals in the Ocean Beach bars such as Sunshine Company, Newport Pizza, and the acclaimed Pizza Port that I frequent all too often.
The service is on point with young attractive servers and bartenders that are more than willing to answer any questions one might have ranging from the novice beer drinker to those who are new on the scene.
The bar offers blends of their classics like "Captain and Vanille" which is a perfect blend of their "Willy Vanilly" and "Captain Stout" coming across like an adult chocolate milkshake, as well as hoppy classics like "Pure Hoppiness" and "Nelson IPA". If beer aint your thing then they also offer a handful of various wines, but really - why are you going here if it isn't for the beer???
Food is affordable and real tasty. The wife and I split a grilled cheese sandwich (smoke gouda and smoked cheddar) that was grilled perfectly and sinfully good - the house salad with feta, fresh veggies and a real tasty vinaigrette - topped off with lightly breaded fried green beans with mustard and barbecue sauce as dippers - super bomb!
This place is a diamond in the rough...and that's no insult to the Alpine community, but lets be honest - what comes close to anything like this in the entire East County...shit, I wish this were in OB/Point Loma to be quite honest!
01-16-2012 04:50:07 | More by DeanMoriarty
4.26/5 rDev -5.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Located at the other end of the small strip center that houses the brewery, the Alpine pub is a small, unassuming place. There is a 10 stool counter in the front with a few tables around the walls. Feels like an old school small town diner. There is also a small area of outdoor seating. Again, nothing fancy with some PVC chairs and a couple of tables.
If you love Alpine beers, it does not get any better. A full complement of Alpine beers, including a limited production sour. I could have stayed all day if I had a driver to get me back to town.
Service was nice enough, though pretty slow.
12-09-2011 20:03:17 | More by sholland119
4.14/5 rDev -8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped in on a weekday around noon while visiting my folks in Southern California back in July. Naturally, Alpine was high on my list.
After dealing with the construction outside and finally finding a parking lot, we wandered into the pub. Definitely a small-town diner feel to it, and the smell of barbecue was very strong and wonderful...except we had just eaten, sadly.
The place was pretty packed, being lunchtime and all... a healthy combination of locals who were on a first-name basis with the bartenders/servers, as well as some obvious first-timers such as ourselves. Lots of random brewerania on the wall...nothing fancy, but definitely a friendly, comfortable place.
Service was excellent despite how packed the place was, and everyone was very friendly as well as helpful.
Selection...well, basically anything Alpine had out at the time was on tap, as well as a couple of guest brews. Frankly, I ignored the guest brews... I was surrounded by Nelson and Exponential Hoppiness, so what more could I ask for? Aside from a flight, that is. It was reasonably priced and you could select a half dozen of any of the beers on tap. At the time Expo was an extra $3, a little much for just the sample, but no biggie.
Overall, Alpine's beer speaks for itself. The fact that there's a pretty cool bar they run too only helps.
Note that the brewery (which is also the only place you can buy their beer/gear) is in the same little quasi-strip-mall area right on the other side of an old book store.
10-07-2011 19:07:19 | More by Phocion
4.35/5 rDev -3.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Ahh, the hop lovers heaven. A small building that appears to be a book store on a quick drive by (large "books" signs on the front of the building).
Seven house brewed hop bombs on tap and maybe seven others and one guest beer (Blind Pig). A few friendly-enough young folks working the pub, and great BBQ. Brisket sandwich with some of the best O-rings ever for $9.00. Sampler platters of the beers are available in four or six glass quantities, served in muffin tins.
I could see spending a lot of time here enjoying pint after pint. My only gripe is that for reasons unknown growlers, bottles, and even t-shirts are not available at the pub, so if you are looking for any beer to go or swag plan your visit around the brewery's hours.
10-03-2011 16:09:05 | More by brewandbbq
4.72/5 rDev +4.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $
Stopped off here the day of the Barrel Aged Token to pick up a couple treats for my buddies. The place itself is small but it kind of adds to the atmosphere because it makes it hard not to talk to people. The staff is wonderful and easy to talk to and extremely nice people. The only complaint I have is that they had just ran out of Nelson which is one of the beers that I went their to also pick up but what can you do they are a tiny brewery with tons of demand so sometimes thats just the luck you have. The beers here are insanely cheap compared to picking them up at a bottle shop. So if you are ever in the area drive on out to Alpine and check them out. Word on the street is they have great BBQ food as well even though I did not get a chance to try it
09-07-2011 02:02:28 | More by DarthKostrizer
4.83/5 rDev +7.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
What can I say that others have not already said below?
The pub is awesome. Great people, great food and as always great beer. Yes it is not very big but that just means you have to get there earlier. They sell bottles of Alpine to go right in the pub. The bqq/food and everything else on the menu is very good. I love seeing tourists get a flight of Alpine beer. Every sip they take they usually love every beer.
This place is worth checking out. Just get there at a good time to get a table. Weekends are very busy. Busy means that they are doing something right.
08-30-2011 22:15:38 | More by BrianTheBrewer30
Alpine Beer Company Pub in Alpine, CA
99 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.