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Alpine Beer Company Pub

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Alpine Beer Company PubAlpine Beer Company Pub
BA SCORE
98
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65 Reviews
Reviews: 65
Visits: 176
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: n/a
Taps: 12
Bottles: 10
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

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Reviews: 65 | Visits: 176
Photo of buzbuzzer
3.5/5  rDev -21.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

My friend's fiance was having a bridal shower so we took him for a day out to alpine. It’s quite the hike to get out to Alpine so any good reason to go I take it.

Its a small place in a small town but when we went in we were surprised to see an over packed restaurant that was booming with customers. Sat at the bar for quicker service and watched as keg after keg blew out and was quickly replaced by the bartender. The beer was fantastic, Odin's Raven was my fave. The food took a while to get, most likely because the huge crowd but worth the wait. Would go back again (574 characters)

Photo of dipso123
3.69/5  rDev -17.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

NEW LOCATION:
No longer small with nowhere to park.

Both indoor and outdoor seating. Next to Ace Hardware and plenty of parking. Was there on the 2nd day open at this location and there were a few problems with new space and servers - they'll get the kinks worked out. Hoppy beer is what I went there for and they have plenty of good things to choose from. Was unable to write anything without submitting numbers so keep in mind they represent second day open.

Growler fills still at old location up the hill. (514 characters)

Photo of mabermud
3.75/5  rDev -16.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 1

I've been here many times since Alpine Brewing Co. opened. It's about time I gave it a rating. Nice little joint to visit. Little tasting room with limited seating. Quality beer and nice service. Visit the restaurant. (222 characters)

Photo of ALBuff
3.8/5  rDev -15.2%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

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. (540 characters)

Photo of mrkun
3.86/5  rDev -13.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

This is a small place at the opposite end of the building from the brewery itself. It's a fairly standard bar/pub with mainly chairs and tables with a few booths as well. The service was mediocre: the waitress came to our table about 5 minutes after we sat down, but we hadn't decided what to order yet. We figured it out, and about 10 or 15 minutes went by and she hadn't come back, meaning we had to order from the bar. The beer selection was outstanding with an assortment of IPA's and non-IPA's, including Great. We didn't have any food, but it looked really good. You have to exit the building and go down to the brewery in order to get bottles/growlers. (659 characters)

Photo of errantnight
4.13/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

What an awesome, pleasing experience. I may be grading this a bit harshly, but let me tell you that on the whole I was greatly impressed with my experience at the pub. Crowded environment, but servers maintained their cool, were friendly and helpful and accommodating. I had the wife, newborn, AND elderly grandfather in tow and we were given attentive treatment (and towards the end of my meal when the place had slowed down one of the servers even took the baby off our hands so we could finish the meal with both hands), the Alpine brews were super fresh, the BBQ was delicious, the brisket just melt in your mouth tender without being mushy. Prices were extremely fair.

I've been wanting to go for a long time simply for love of Alpine's beer, but the customer service experience and quality of the food have me excited to return to the pub every opportunity I get.

Prost! (878 characters)

Photo of AZBeerDude
4.13/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Stopped in here on a trip to San Diego and split a buffalo chicken sandwich with a friend. The sandwich was excellent and the waitstaff was very helpful despite the large crowd. The outside of the building is unassuming and if my friend hadn't pointed it out, I would have missed it. I had a flight of their 4 beers on tap (Hoppy Birthday, Pure hopiness, Duet, and Nelson). All of them were outstanding but the Nelson was the best in my opinion. They could stand to expand their cafe to accommodate more people since they were overcrowded on the day I visited but for a small town, it's to be expected. Overall, worth the stop. (627 characters)

Photo of Phocion
4.14/5  rDev -7.6%
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. (1,506 characters)

Photo of easong
4.15/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Went first to the brewery which is located almost next door in a little strip right by the road. Note that the MAP LINK given above is no longer correct and will put you at the Alpine Inn -- the landmark building in this little town -- but not the brewery or the pub, which are a couple blocks further east. On a recent beercation to SD I made an extra point of getting way out here from the beer mecca that north and mid-county represent. This place is an odd little roadhouse, last chance before the desert to stock up on a couple growlers of Pure Hoppiness and Duet, two of America's truly memorable IPAs. At the brewery, you can squeeze into a tiny area with other pilgrims for a taste (brewer too busy to chat up) and a t-shirt (got me mine), then head to the pub for a burger or some onion rings, the latter of which provided me with the soakage to do a duet of Duets. I imagine this small diner gets pretty full during peak times, but at 4 PM on a Friday we about had the place to ourselves. Nothing unusual about the scene, nice little bar, a dozen tables -- just plain, comfortable, and friendly. If I lived in Alpine I'd be here 5 times a week. (1,154 characters)

Photo of arizcards
4.2/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Visited their earlier today on our way to San Diego for the week.

Atmoshpere was good, very small place with a capacity of 45. Very homey, with signs attached to the bar wall and different pictures on the back wall.

Quality of the beer is excellent and the food was pretty good.

Service was very good with the bartender and a server covering a full house. They were both friendly and efficient.

Selection was very good as there were i believe 9 taps available and i believe they were all Alpine brews.

Food was pretty good, i had the pulled pork and Da Boss had the pulled chicken. Onion rings were good.

Overall it was very inexpensive, costing $25 for 2 pints and sandwiches. (683 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
4.22/5  rDev -5.8%
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. (1,040 characters)

Photo of crossovert
4.23/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

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. (669 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Was out for the Lost Abbey anniversary, figured we'd make the jaunt out to Alpine the day before. Kinda difficult to see, just looks like a run down tiny strip mall location. Its really just Alpine's bar and brewery, with a book shop sandwiched in between. Was amazed how tiny and homely it all was, kind of a plus in my book.

We were the first ones in. Service was good, loved the back patio. Very cool. A little bit of garden, backyard vibe, with a bunch of kegs off to the side. The beer is top notch, enjoyed some Ugly & that huge imperial stout with the chocolate syrub, Odin's Raven or something like that, excellent beer. Picked up a bottle of Nelson and Emerson to go. Then picked up a growler of Hoppy Birthday and a father's day tshirt for dad. Enjoyed it. Just wish they were able to keep more of a selection available, but maybe next time I'll get to try some Great, Good, Chex, Ned etc. . . timing is everything.

Anyways, I'd recommend you check it out if you have the time. (991 characters)

Photo of sholland119
4.26/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

HV (600 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4.28/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Located pretty much right next door from Alpine Beer Company's brewery and tasting room. There's a few parking spots right in front, other wise you can park on the street or there seems to be a small parking lot right next to it that's used for a pre-school/daycare sort of thing.

Like the tasting room, the place is pretty small, but compared to how visits to Alpine used to be, this place is luxurious. A handful of tables inside with a fair sized bar.

They pour a ton of different Alpine beers and that's it. Some rarities/one offs/vintage beers on tap along with the usual year round favorites. They have bottles available for takeout as well, which is nice. But, you have to go to the tasting room for growler fills.

The service was great and the food was too. We just got some appetizers, but they were really good. The barbecue looked just as good (and I've heard it is).

It's too bad that the drive is so long to come here because I would love to make it out more often. (982 characters)

Photo of Jodi215
4.28/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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. (654 characters)

Photo of thomda11
4.3/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

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. (340 characters)

Photo of Chelsea1905
4.3/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Couldn't believe how small this place was. Very much a little neighborhood bar feeling. Patio out back, but I didn't stay out there. Sat at bar, staff friendly, guy that served me all night was very friendly, gave a couple samples, talked about the beers. All very good.

Food was standard pub fare with a lot of BBQ Type stuff had the pulled pork, a duet, a Nelson, a pure hoppiness. All very very good. (405 characters)

Photo of domdomdomdom
4.34/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

*This review is for the old pub* Atmosphere here is what made it for me. Very laid back and casual. Not much seating but the service is good and the food works perfectly with a pint of Nelson! I haven't been to the new one yet and I'm definitely excited to check it out! (274 characters)

Photo of brewandbbq
4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (738 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

I decided to drive down to Alpine to get some exponential before it was gone and drive back up to Temecula for the Younger release.

Atm- It's a small community off of I-8. Had a very small feel to the pub and the brewery wasn't open yet on a saturday. I was the first one in the door.

Quality- The beers @ Alpine are damn good. Was glad I got to have at least one on tap and come home with a bag full of goodies.

Service- I belive her name was Danielle was super friendly and helpful. Was great to have a conversation about beer and snowboarding. Quick and good pour on my pint.

Selection- A fairly decent size tap selection for the size of the pub and a lot of their stuff was available for bottle purchase.

Food- I didn't have any food but I don't want to under/over value so I'll go with a 3 to keep it in the middle.

Value- Let's see. Exponential, Pure Hoppy, Mandarin Nectar and Nelson in a bottle and 1 pint of draft for 25 bucks. What a deal. (956 characters)

Photo of badboyrsl84
4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Its a very smally cozy place with some of the most beautiful people working behind the bar. The ladies rock & ok Bob does too! I am always given some of the best freindly service here even during thier busiest times.

The selection of beers contains the awesome line up of Alpine brews and usually one guest beer on tap. The guest beer is alway a good one(Black Butte XI, Red Poppy).

The food is some of the best pub food I've ever had. I'm always talikng myself into the 15-20 min drive just to get thier menu. The pulled pork is great and the fried pickles are amazing. Pricing is very resonable because the food is amazing!

Overall the only downside to this place is the space and seating availible. At times it gets pretty crazy, but with that said if you stick around its all worth it (Beer, beautiful bartenders, and food)! (833 characters)

Photo of PlinyTheKid
4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

At the brewery at the moment. Really awesome place. They have all their beers on tap, including 1 guest tap. The staff is awesome here. Steve at the brewery would go out of his way to hold you bottles/growlers if you travel long distances to get here. Food is awesome (I recommend the pulled pork and beer fries). It was quite the drive coming from LA, but coming down here for some beers and food really hits! It legitimizes it all. Cool pub, chill bartenders, good relaxed vibe. I highy recommend anyone to spend another 20mins in the car from San Diego to come to this place. So good. (587 characters)

Photo of Zaximus
4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Dragged the wife and our four month old daughter here on a trip to Los Angeles. Just about a two hour trip from Irvine. Well worth it if you have the time.

Very unassuming little place right off the highway. Blink and you probably miss it. They have a beer store and pub/taproom separated by a couple shops including a book store and hair cut place. Beer store has what you would expect - growler fills, bottle sales (3 per person per beer when we were there) and swag.

When we arrived at the taproom we were warmly greeted by the bartender and offered a seat. Very relaxed atmosphere with what seemed like a local crowd having a beer after a day at work (this was a Thursday afternoon around four). The pub didn't have anything out of the ordinary on while we were there but that was just fine as I had not yet had any of their offerings. You can do a sampler flight of four or six beers. We started with the six before I settled down with a pint of Pure Hoppiness. We had the veggie nachos and a couple of different salads. The nachos were good but the wife and I really enjoyed the salads.

Service was prompt and friendly. Food and beer were very affordable. Of course, I'm used to the Chicago gouging, so this was refreshing. Picked up some bottles of Nelson, PH, and Duet on the way out. Each under $6.

Really cool little place. Would definitely do it again if we could work it out, though it is a bit off the path, especially from LA. (1,444 characters)

Photo of Hamburgers
4.41/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

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. (320 characters)

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Alpine Beer Company Pub in Alpine, CA
98 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.