Alpine Beer Company Pub

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Reviews: 63
Visits: 174
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: n/a
Taps: 12
Bottles: 10
Cask: N
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2363 Alpine Blvd
Alpine, California, 91901-2202
United States
phone: (619) 445-2337

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Photo of Pawoto
5/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Alpine was the highlight of our 14-brewery San Diego visit. We considered not making the drive out, but we are glad that we did. The waitress suggested the fried pickles and the beans for a side - both were outstanding! Flight of Nelson, Duet, Hoppy Birthday, Pure Hoppiness, San Diego Surprise and Captain Stout rivaled the best we had all trip. Finally, takeaway bottles of Nelson and Duet for $5.49 and $5.99 felt like stealing and the merch was great - I bought the "Duet - all night long!" Tee and a buddy got an Alpine Hat that everybody we saw afterwards commented on! (578 characters)

Photo of hoppyhour
5/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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! (792 characters)

Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
5/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I can't believe I haven't reviewed this place yet. I guess I would like to consider myself some what of a regular, My wife and I try to go here once a week if we can.
The atmosphere fits in with the whole town of Alpine, has a down home feel and is very relaxed. Breweriana fills the walls, and they use other craft brewers empty 6'ers for sauce holders.
The quality of the beer is already well known, with beers like Hoppy Birthday, Pure Hoppiness, Expo, Ugly, Bad Boy, Duet, Nelson, Ichabod, Great, the list goes on. My wife loves the beer mixes.
The Service is outstanding, everyone is extremely friendly and helpful. Its a great place to bring people that you want to introduce to craft beer, they will not get turned off by snobby attitudes and rudeness like so many places.
Already touched on the selection. Don't go here if you are looking for something other then Alpine beers.
The food is reasonably priced and good quality. Its BBQ, menu selection consists of pulled pork, sausage, beef brisket, ribs, salad. The sweet potato fries are great.

Drink Alpine or go to bed. (1,080 characters)

Photo of jraras
4.95/5  rDev +10.7%
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. (1,276 characters)

Photo of NathanMcIntyre
4.95/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Alpine makes the best IPAs in the world. Its definetly worth the trip to fill growlers and or have a meal in the BBQ house that is now attached. Some of my favorites are: Duet, Nelson, Pure Hoppiness, Exponential Hoppiness, Bad Boy, actually just try them all.. (261 characters)

Photo of pollox87
4.9/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Alpine has become my favorite brewery to visit in Southern California.

Alpine is tucked away in the mountains east of San Diego, a bit of a drive for most anyone, 2 hours for me, but worth it. The pub is nice enough on the inside with some cool old photos on the wall and cheesy pub tacks.

The beer here is incredible, and cheap. If you like IPAs you must come here. A pint of fresh Nelson is just so good. They will often have some rarities on tap as well. I have stopped in for a few glasses of great before. There is always good selection of their beer.

The service is really phenomenal. The bar tenders are very willing to shoot the shit with you and talk beer. They know what they are talking about, and I would have no problem drinking here alone just talking with them and strangers, if I did not have 4 hours round trip in the car by myself. The food is very good as well. good BBQ fare with some interesting things thrown in as well.

Really a must stop for anyone in San Diego, I even take visitors from OC. (1,020 characters)

Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
4.83/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

This was my must stop on my way to San Diego.

Visited on a Sunday afternoon. Drank some tasters before just settling down with some Duet from tap and talked to the locals.
Great local vibe and incredible IPA's. Bottles to go were for sale (2 per kind, per person). I walked aways with quite a bit of Duet and Pure Hoppiness. On my way back out of town i stopped in again and grabbed a few Nelson.

Well worth the little detour out of the city if you like awesome IPA's. (471 characters)

Photo of BrianTheBrewer30
4.83/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (566 characters)

Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.8/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

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. (669 characters)

Photo of hamilton23
4.78/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I love this place and I am not even a big IPA fan. The beers speak for themselves...no one can dispute that ABC makes some pretty incredible beers. From Exponential Hoppiness, to Captain Stout, to Odin's Raven to the mother of all beers...GREAT--the best barrel aged barley wine I have ever had.

The food here is BBQ. Don't expect to come here for a wrap or sushi or anything healthy. This place makes a killer Pulled Pork BBQ sandwich and beer battered onion rings.

The bartenders are awesome and incredibly knowledgable about beer. They are friendly and quick to serve you some of the finest beer in SD County.

It does get pretty busy on Friday nights and on weekends. It is a small joint that can hold maybe 40 people tops. So have patience and head down to the brewery about 50 feet to the west if your table isn't ready right away. (841 characters)

Photo of dcgunman
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Date of visit, 01-15-2011.

This was my second visit to this excellent Brewpub/Brewery in Alpine, Ca. First was back in Nov. 2010. I really enjoy this small mom-n-pop type brewpub. It is a 2 hour drive from Huntington Beach. A good day trip to combine with other fine breweries in the North San Diego or North San Diego area.

On this visit we had the opportunity to try Expo Hoppiness 09. Other Alpine beers available that we had was Duet & Pure. I was hoping for Bad Boy on this visit. But they were out. I was lucky enough to have some on my first visit. For lunch we had the BBQ ribs dinner and the Brisket dinner with 4 sides. Between the 4 of us eating and drinking we had leftovers. The food was exceptional. The only thing I did not like was the potato salad. It tasted like it came from Albertson's. But the ribs and brisket was to die for. The meat would just fall apart. My first visit I had the brisket sandwich. Also very good. Next to Beachwood BBQ, this is my favorite. The selection is nothing campared to Beachwood or other places I've been to. But the quality and quantity was above all. All food were served on paper plates and plastic utinsels. The brewpub is very small. No room for dishwasher, so they have to serve with the basics. No complants there as long as the food is good. We left out of there and walked 50 feet or so to the brewery to purchase some bottles and a growler fill.

I put down $-inexpensive because I thought for the quality versus price was worth it. It could be $$. Beer? For those lucky enough to have tried any beer from Alpine knows that they are all great beer. And when you can get one of those thats not bottled its even better. (1,683 characters)

Photo of KATCanada
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

about a 35 minute drive with some traffic from Mission Beach/Sea World. Easy to get to Alpine although I drove right past the brewery since it is small and nondescript. Food in brewpub was great and very reasonably priced - my wife and daughter who are not beer people enjoyed it so the food is legit. Beer is fantastic, had a flight of Hoppy Birthday, Nelson, Duet and Pure Hoppiness which will never be duplicated. I didn't realize the store closed at 6:00 and I got there at 6:01 with the door locked but they let me in, god bless them. 100% must do if in San Diego. (569 characters)

Photo of ScaryHairy44
4.73/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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! (420 characters)

Photo of frankzito
4.73/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

hands down one of my favorite bbq spots in san diego. any time old buddies are back in town, this is usually where we meet up. i typically go on the weeknights to avoid the crowds, but even that is a crapshoot, so plan accordingly. the smoked wings (ask for them well done) are life changing! (292 characters)

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.72/5  rDev +5.6%
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 (761 characters)

Photo of sillyhed8
4.71/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Great spot nestled out yonder. Wish I lived closer! Came on Wing Wednesday..wings were a full wing so they are extra filling. Flight was in a cupcake tin which was clever, and sums up the great character this gem of a brewery holds. (233 characters)

Photo of OneBeertoRTA
4.71/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I make this trek every three months are so. Small seating inside by the bar, but a nice quaint area outside in the patio area when you want to avoid the squeeze. The service is always great and nothing beats fresh Alpine IPAs on draft. Hoppy Birthday, Nelson, Duet, etc... One of the top 5 IPA breweries in the world imo and the growler fills (hit or miss depending on availability) make it well worth the trip. For any visitors from out of state you have to come here and visit. The food is also great as are the sauces. (527 characters)

Photo of Popp24
4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (2,044 characters)

Photo of Dankbeers619
4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I live only 10 minutes away from this place and don't understand why I don't come here more often..
Alpine Beer Co is know for their amazing IPA/DIPA's...I dont know if they talk dirty to their hops or just throw fairy dust on them and but the beers are just plan retarded good.

The food is also a good example of why Pat, the owner, is no longer working at the fire house and is "retired"..LOL

The BBQ is mouthwatering and the service is average. If they could increase the size of their location and stay open a more reasonable time I could see them making a boat load. I know that currently they are at max capacity of customers as i sit here enjoying my fried pickles and Emerson lager....What ever you choose to drink here I know that you will be very impressed.

If you get the chance to try it, I recommend the Odin's Raven, an 11% stout that no joke, drinks like a 5%-6% beer. (887 characters)

Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.68/5  rDev +4.7%
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! (1,766 characters)

Photo of drbenzo
4.65/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.25

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! (280 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.65/5  rDev +4%
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! (2,350 characters)

Photo of unseenbyyou
4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I've been here twice. Haven't been since they fixed the air conditioning, but must say that the alpine brewpub is one of the best off the beaten path spots in San Diego.

The food is decent, but the beers are the main attraction. They usually have the hits on tap (duet, pure hoppiness) and some more rare beers that don't come in bottles (chez monieux y chez monmiex--at least the time I went!)

I have the inkling that this is the spot to taste the barrel aged token when its near release. I am also looking forward to some of the different styles that the head brewer was mentioning a couple of months ago that he is aging in the barrels.

I would highly recommened going to the pub, and promptly going next door to the brewery and getting a few bottles to take home. And if you are lucky enough to live a short drive, get a growler and get it filled every weekend!

No growler fills at the brewpub though! (910 characters)

Photo of Amdy
4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Its funny, Ive taken the 8 so many times to head to Boulevard, a small town about 40 minutes past alpine, and have never stopped by Alpine Beer till 2 days ago. I almost past it because the place is so small, the only reason why i didn't miss it is because in the small strip mall there's a big sign that says Books.

The pub itself is very small, only room for a few people at the bar, but there are a few tables as well as well as outdoor seating. Nelson, hoppy birthday, pure hoppyness were all on tap as well as Mongo by Port Brewing. The appetizers were all great too, tried out the fried pickles, black and tan onion rings and beer battered fries, all were awesome, too bad i didn't get any of the food, there were some tasty looking things on the menu.

When you step outside the pub 2 doors down is the actual brewery/company store. This is where you can pick up bottles of everything or get a growler fill. the guys here were really funny and were nice enough to give us a few samples before deciding on which growler to pick up.

Will definitely be back soon for a 2nd growler fill... (1,096 characters)

Photo of mikul93
4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3

Entrees are not the greatest, but finger foods are pretty good. Last time I ordered a pulled pork sandwich that was OK and my GF got a grilled cheese that was burnt. Fried pickles were damn good though. But we're here for the beer and the atmosphere! (251 characters)

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Alpine Beer Company Pub in Alpine, CA
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