Alpine Beer Company Pub


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Alpine Beer Company PubAlpine Beer Company Pub

Type: Bar, Eatery

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

(619) 445-2337 | map

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Added by womencantsail on 01-12-2011

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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 DoubleJ
4.22/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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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 sholland119
4.26/5  rDev -3.8%
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.


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Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.8/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of orangesol
4.41/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Stopped in here yesterday on the road back to Arizona, probably my most anticipated stop in the greater San Diego area. Atmosphere was pretty dead when we arrived thanks to it being just after they opened but once some more people showed up it got much better. Quality was quite high, my food and beer were great and the space was well furnished in their signature style. Service was awesome, she spent as much time as she could talking to us and I never had to wait for anything. Selection was a little picked over, they had all of their typical beers on but nothing overly rare. Was really hoping to at least try one of the tap only hoppy beers but it just wasn't meant to be I guess. I went with the brisket sandwich which was excellent. Prices were a touch high on the food but I have no problem paying for quality so it wasn't a huge deal. Overall an awesome little pub with some world class beers to choose from. Glad I could finally check it out, and I hope I can return in the future.

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Photo of crossovert
4.23/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of corby112
4.65/5  rDev +5%
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!

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.28/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of cherche
4.41/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Beers are great and they have a lot of them on tap (Duet, Nelson, Bad Boy, Pure Hoppiness, San Diego Surprise, BA Odin's Raven, and more).

Food was pretty dang good too (had the bbq pork sandwich)

Prices are reasonable

Only negative was the wait to get seated - I would say get to the restaurant when they open (11am) if you need to do an early lunch or go at like 2pm after the lunch rush if you have to go on a weekend. We went at noon and had to wait a while but by the time we left it started to die down.

Overall it was worth the drive from San Diego and I will be going back.

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Photo of t0rin0
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Visited August 2010 with morbidobesitycantsail.

Definitely out of the way, which makes me wonder if this is the reason it's taken them this long to get this big. The place is on a little 2 lane road in what looks like an old western kind of town. The town is only on one side of the road and a couple the buildings have the raised wooden sidewalk/walkway. I half expected to see a hitching post out front. Not surprisingly the bathroom is it's own little building/hut out back, an outhouse if you will.

Inside the pub is quite relaxing and enjoyable. Lots of taps to choose from, very good food, and all the hops you can handle. Even if you don't like any of their other beers you can't help but love things like Exponential Hoppiness, Pure Hoppiness, OBriens IPA, Hoppy Birthday, Nelson, etc. And Great is pretty good when fresh. They occasionally put on a keg of the 05 version but it's turning to cardboard at this point.

The bartenders were very nice and helpful in answering questions, providing samples, and even making suggestions.

Would go back again if brewery hopping in that region.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.35/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of arizcards
4.2/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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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 FosterJM
4.35/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of coldriver
4.55/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

We drove out here on day 2 of our San Diego Beercation for lunch. Considering they were barely open, the place was already full of what I judged to be a mostly local crowd although a few out of town beer geeks could also be detected. The place is quite small, with a sort of beer garden out back also hosting a few tables. We both ordered flights of six and every beer was consistently good with some outright fantastic - my personal favorite was the Duet. The food was great as well and the service was attentive, friendly, and small town quirky. The brewery is one door down in the same building with reasonably priced bombers and growlers. Next time we need to look for a local hotel so we can spend an entire afternoon or evening here without worrying about the drive back to San Diego.

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Photo of sillyhed8
4.71/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of Jodi215
4.28/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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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 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 JoEBoBpr
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Went in early (1130) on a sunny Saturday. The place has awesome atmosphere with a very little space but tons of character. A nice straight forward bar is up against the back with some tables and then some booths on the opposite side. The quality of brew is as always impressive. All their IPAs are among the bests and the pal ales and stouts aren't far behind. On this day they had just brewed Odin's Raven a very nice chocolaty and roasty Imperial Stout which I only tried and now am sad I didn't get a growler. Service was great the waitress was friendly and engaging. They got busy a bit after service suffered a bit but this can be expected because the place got really busy. Food was delicious but the beer is always the highlight. I had the Hoppy Birthday on cask and had the Bad Boy DIPA to finish the lunch off. Awesome.

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Photo of bkett01
4.56/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

One of the highlights of my San Diego trip and well worth the drive out of the city. The brewery and brewpub sandwich a small bookstore in a relatively small roadside building. Grabbed bombers of Pure Hoppiness & Duet to bring back to the east coast with me before heading to the brewpub.

Sat at the bar with my wife in a couple of relatively uncomfortable bar stools. Ok, maybe I'm just looking for anything to critique about this place. Pint after pint of Pure Hoppiness, Hoppy Birthday & Duet alongside the best chicken wings I've ever had. Maybe it was the beer, maybe it was the smoked then sauced (food, not me) combo, but those bbq wings were tremendous.

So if you're in the San Diego area looking to check out a brewpub making some of the best IPA's in the world.... take the trip out to Alpine!

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Photo of dipso123
3.69/5  rDev -16.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

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 DarthKostrizer
4.72/5  rDev +6.5%
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

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Alpine Beer Company Pub in Alpine, CA
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