Alpine Village

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Alpine VillageAlpine Village

Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

833 W. Torrance Blvd
Torrance, California, 90502
United States

(310) 327-4384 | map

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 3
Reviews by fsimcox:
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3.38/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

Went to an X-mas party here last night. Spent some time at the bar.

Tap handles included K├Ânig Ludwig Weissbier, Franziskaner Dunkel Weissbier, Spaten Helles, Weihenstephan Kristal Weizen, the house Oktoberfest beer, an assortment from Widmer, and a few others. They were out of the Franziskaner Weissbier. I noticed the three gentlemen seated at the bar were all drinking Miller Lite longnecks. I had the Ludwig Weiss, and was very pleased.

Overall, a nice selection of German beer. It was Friday night, and the dance floor was crowded. The buffet food we had was good. Beef goulash, salmon, and some sort of chicken.

I'd stop in again for the beer, but the food was really just OK.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of RoyFokker
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of EdTheEdge
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of DoubleJ
3.74/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

First off, "Alpine Village" refers to a small complex of Tuetonic-styled shops just off the 110, not just for a single shop. There is a market, shoe store, gift shop, a few restaurants, and a giant parking lot. If worst comes to worst, I'll find myself at the market. Worst did come to worst, as the rest of the complex looked dead.

Approaching the market, you run acorss some tables and Paulaner branded tents. Go inside the market, no frills on the inside, but there is full service meat, a bunch of European goods being sold. That includes beer, people.

Much of the beer is stored at room temperature, some bottles are kept cool. There's a lot of space dedicated for brews, and not only can you find 6-packs, 500 ml bottles, and even some 5-liter kegs of German brands (Kostritzer, Maisel's, Konig Ludwig, Innstadt, Aecht Schlennkerla, Reissdorf, Kaiserdom), but also brands from Central and Eastern Europe (Golden Pheasant, Staropramen, Zywiec, Baltika, Karlovacko). And let's not leave out the few Belgian, French, and American options. And before we depart from the section, there are gift packs of beer and glassware. Prices are listed on the merchandise, all at reasonable prices.

Checkout consisted of one checker, with the potential of three or four lanes. As I paid for my mercahndise, the queue started to pile behind me. Good thing I checked out when I did.

I think it would be a bit of a stretch just to drive to Torrance for German beer again, but there's little debate that the Alpine Village Market has quite a good selection of brews.

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Photo of insomnboy
2.68/5  rDev -23.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2 | food: 2.5

While I have dined at the Alpine Village Restaurant, it was a long time ago and I didn't exactly take notes. I do remember being not that impressed though.

They have an annual Oktoberfest however, which I did attend last year and this is what I'll address.

A large portion of the enormous parking lot is tented off for the fest, so the guests can be comfortable no matter what time of day they attend. There are long rows of picnic tables and there is plenty of seating. (I would guesstimate that it can seat 2000 people pretty easily) There is an Oom-Pah band going most of the time, with the Chicken Dance hourly. They also have sawing contests, cow-milking contests and other diversions.

The food is mass-produced to be able to serve many people quickly and there isn't much to choose from. (Hope you like $10 Bratwurst!)

Not much choice as far as beer goes. The house O-fest or Bud Light (for those that aren't feeling adventurous) in either 1/2 liter or full liter cups. The house O-fest last year was supposedly brewed by the Hofbrau Haus in Munich (according to the steins they were selling), I thought it was pretty bland.

Overall, I had a good time at the O-fest and if you go there with a bunch of friends with that frame of mind you will too. It was fun, but not much to write home about. It certainly isn't a beer mecca

Caveat: If you go to Oktoberfest here, Bring Lots Of Cash!!!
It's very expensive. Liter beers are $10. Brats are $10. A commemorative stein is $10. We had free admission coupons but I think admission is $10. So you're out $40 before you even sit down!

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Alpine Village in Torrance, CA
3.52 out of 5 based on 6 ratings.
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