Alpine Beer Company Pub
Ratings: 119 | Reviews: 55 | Display Reviews Only:
4.41/5 rDev -2.2%
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 -15.7%
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 -5.1%
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 -1.6%
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 -6.2%
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 +0.9%
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
4.95/5 rDev +9.8%
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 +4.2%
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 -6.4%
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 +3.1%
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
Alpine Beer Company Pub in Alpine, CA
99 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.