Alpine Beer Company Pub

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97
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Alpine Beer Company PubAlpine Beer Company Pub
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

2363 Alpine Blvd
Alpine, California, 91901-2202
United States

(619) 445-2337 | map
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PLACE STATS
Score:
97
Reviews:
68
Ratings:
193
Avg:
4.43
pDev:
4.29%
 
 
Taps:
12
Bottles/Cans:
10
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 68 | Ratings: 193
Reviews by slander:
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4.44/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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.

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Photo of krbrevard
4.43/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of SmokingWood
4.55/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of deniserat
5/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of sunrats
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of donaldpoe
4.69/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of BoredRocks275
4.66/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of chrisjws
4.02/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of TBedeezy
4.43/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Nichols33
4.48/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

The old pub was awesome. Cool vibe, lots of good tunes playing. Ordered some samples and went out back to sit on picnic tables and enjoy the weather and tunes. Lots of owners with dogs chillin back there. Service was great, all the guys I chatted with were extremely nice and helpful. Could have stayed there all day.

The new pub/restaurant was alright. Had a 45 minute wait for a table on a Saturday at 2:45 PM. Wasn't thrilled with that so we looked inside for a seat at the bar. There are maybe 10 seats, all filled. So, decided to go to the grocery store next door and at a sandwich and bought some beers to enjoy at tables out front.

Loved the old place, new place would probably be cool during non peak times.

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Photo of Rddayson
4.74/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of LXIXME
4.16/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Quite different inside now, was here in late October 2014 and this place had tables and chairs like a regular little pub and now it's just a empty room with a bar in the corner by the cooler. Reminds me of the Tree House Brewing Co. in Monson, MA now without the brewery equipment sitting there. But, on the upside, the way upside, more quality offerings and a much bigger selection.

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Photo of JIMMER
4.18/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of Redgoatman
4.03/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of CaptainPancakes
4.45/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of jordanimal
4.23/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of kojevergas
4.45/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of Franziskaner
4.09/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

I visited here while staying out in Coronado a couple of days ago and it was a good 45 minute drive. It is located in a strip mall and unless you are on Beer Advocate, I don't think you would know what you were getting into. It was a Thursday shortly after opening. I ordered a pint of Hoppy Birthday to start and then moved onto a sampler of 4 beers that were all delicious IPA's. The 4 oz samples were just right and there is an option to get 6. They even have a list of mainly other California made guest bottles (perhaps for the locals?!) I had the beef brisket sandwich with house made mac & cheese. The sandwich was fantastic and the sauce had a light bit of heat. My wife ordered the filet with blue cheese on top and it was also excellent. The service was great.

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Photo of RLVineh
5/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Love this place, makes you feel at home. Bobby at the brewery is hilarious and always a treat to talk to.Stop by and they might have something special on tap. Love this place

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Photo of domdomdomdom
4.34/5  rDev -2%
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!

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Photo of epyon396
4.48/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of dipso123
3.69/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

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Photo of mabermud
3.75/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

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Photo of Pawoto
5/5  rDev +12.9%
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!

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Photo of Dbrulet
4.58/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

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Alpine Beer Company Pub in Alpine, CA
4.43 out of 5 based on 193 ratings.
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