Alpine Beer Company Pub
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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
4.22/5 rDev -6.6%
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 $4.50 for the pint. The food smelled really good too, but that will have to wait for another day.
Fun place to be at, regardless of the occasion.
01-28-2012 17:22:40 | More by DoubleJ
4.26/5 rDev -5.8%
Located at the other end of the small strip center that houses the brewery, the Alpine pub is a small, unassuming place. There is a 10 stool counter in the front with a few tables around the walls. Feels like an old school small town diner. There is also a small area of outdoor seating. Again, nothing fancy with some PVC chairs and a couple of tables.
If you love Alpine beers, it does not get any better. A full complement of Alpine beers, including a limited production sour. I could have stayed all day if I had a driver to get me back to town.
Service was nice enough, though pretty slow.
12-09-2011 20:03:17 | More by sholland119
4.8/5 rDev +6.2%
After hearing so many great things about Alpine and being lucky enough to try a few of their beers at tastings, this was something I was looking forward to. I was still impressed, as although I like a little more balance to my IPA's in general than most west coast folk, the IPAs here were some of the best I ever had. I only wish I had a chance to try all of their rare releases that I haven't at tastings. The taproom was plenty full for a place that seemed to be more of an outpost and the service didn't suffer that much. Make no mistake, this is not just a business venture here, they are passionate about beer. I would gladly visit again if I ever get the chance.
03-15-2013 22:16:11 | More by MilwaukeeCrusher
4.23/5 rDev -6.4%
Tiny little place. Packed with locals during 2-3pm off hours. We were the only ones at the bar though. Me and my friend sat at the bar and were treated to 2 bartenders who knew their stuff. The place can only feasibly carry max about 10 taps at a time. I think there were maybe 9 to choose form. I got a 6 beer sampler which was pricey at 10$ 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
4.65/5 rDev +2.9%
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
4.25/5 rDev -6%
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.
06-21-2011 18:05:15 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Alpine Beer Company Pub in Alpine, CA
99 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.