Alpine Brewing coming to Minnesota

Discussion in 'Midwest' started by GFG, Apr 27, 2013.

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  1. GFG

    GFG Initiate (0) Oct 24, 2012 North Dakota

    Surprised this hasn't been posted here yet. It was said today that Alpine brewing from Alpine, CA is quintupling their production by contract brewing with Cold Spring to get three of their beers in the midwest. Meaning Minnesota gets a few Alpine beers around this fall!


    http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/apr/26/alpine-beer-cold-spring/
     
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  2. mothman

    mothman Poo-Bah (5,720) Jun 21, 2007 Minnesota
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    cold spring better not F up Alpine's beer!
     
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  3. Rob-P

    Rob-P Initiate (41) Feb 29, 2012 Iowa

    Are they going to sell any of it in MN?
     
  4. lurpy1

    lurpy1 Zealot (564) Jan 15, 2010 Minnesota
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    Hopefully Cold Spring sanitizes its equipment to get rid of that nasty Cold Spring taste first.
     
  5. gatornation

    gatornation Poo-Bah (3,254) Apr 18, 2007 Minnesota
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    Duet is one of favorite IPA"S ever
     
  6. Shag

    Shag Initiate (197) Jun 27, 2007 Minnesota
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    A buddy of mine was at Alpine a month or two ago, and this came up. They told him they were unsure if they would actually distribute any of their brews here.

    Would be a sad day to have Alpine deliciousness that close, but not be able to buy it...
     
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  7. mothman

    mothman Poo-Bah (5,720) Jun 21, 2007 Minnesota
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    If they don't sell it here, I am breaking into that brewery.
     
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  8. GFG

    GFG Initiate (0) Oct 24, 2012 North Dakota

    I would assume they'll at least sell some of it here, just as 21st Amendment does. If they do I would guess it won't be a lot, though.

    Maybe even just at some tap places around the Twin Cities, such as Republic and stuff?
     
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  9. Chaz

    Chaz Poo-Bah (1,586) Feb 3, 2002 Minnesota
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  10. opwog

    opwog Defender (663) Jun 16, 2008 Minnesota

    Duet is probably my favorite single IPA ever. There are a lot of nuances to Alpine's IPA line up, I just hope that they can translate through a contract brewery. And while I don't know much about Cold Spring's beers, some of these initial reactions have me worried about this kind of deal.
     
  11. sacrelicio

    sacrelicio Initiate (0) Feb 15, 2005 Minnesota

    Cold Spring makes crappy beer, but I I'm sure they can contract brew just fine. Not sure what 21st Amendment tasted like originally (before the Cold Spring deal) but the cans we have here taste just fine.
     
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  12. minnesotaryan

    minnesotaryan Initiate (0) Dec 27, 2010 Minnesota

    This.
     
  13. ben4bier

    ben4bier Initiate (140) Mar 3, 2013 Minnesota

    I don't drink much cold spring but have heard numerous accounts of their improved quality. How long before this is changed to "cold spring MADE crappy beer." Maybe my point is that a bad reputation must be really hard to kick
     
  14. HomeBrewed

    HomeBrewed Initiate (185) Dec 10, 2006 Minnesota
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    That would be slap in the face if they brewed beer here and didn't let me taste it!!! Don't be that guy Alpine!!!
     
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  15. sacrelicio

    sacrelicio Initiate (0) Feb 15, 2005 Minnesota

    how often do brewers contract out of state and then not distribute in the state where they contract brew?
     
  16. morimech

    morimech Poo-Bah (2,859) Nov 6, 2006 Minnesota

    Is this Cold Spring or Third Street brewing this beer? I thought Cold Spring Brewery was being retired along with all their crappy beer. And I thought Cold Spring blamed their crappy beer on their crappy equipment. I would have much more confidence if it was Third Street equipment brewing Alpine beer.
     
  17. minnesotaryan

    minnesotaryan Initiate (0) Dec 27, 2010 Minnesota

    Let's start a petition for alpine to distribute here if they brew at cold spring!
     
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  18. sacrelicio

    sacrelicio Initiate (0) Feb 15, 2005 Minnesota

    Never had Alpine and I already want to dip my balls in it.
     
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  19. mjryan

    mjryan Zealot (569) Dec 22, 2007 Minnesota

    I'm sure they will brew on Third Streets brewhouse if Alpine decides to pull the trigger on contract brewing in Mn. Third Street doesn't make "crappy" beer.
     
  20. will1256

    will1256 Disciple (366) Dec 4, 2010 Minnesota
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    I bet you get kicked out of a lot of bars...
     
  21. GFG

    GFG Initiate (0) Oct 24, 2012 North Dakota

    Does it really matter what equipment they use? Whatever equipment used for 21st Amendment seems to work just fine
     
  22. sacrelicio

    sacrelicio Initiate (0) Feb 15, 2005 Minnesota

    Not the bars I go to!
     
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  23. HomeBrewed

    HomeBrewed Initiate (185) Dec 10, 2006 Minnesota
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    The Gopher Bar?
     
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  24. motorhed

    motorhed Initiate (0) Oct 27, 2008 Minnesota

    For anyone who hasn't experienced the Alpine line-up, you haven't lived yet. =) Their stuff is unbelievable.
     
  25. DogfishRyan

    DogfishRyan Initiate (130) Mar 2, 2011 Minnesota
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    Wow! Fantastic news! But like it's been said above, it would be a darned pity if they didn't sell any of the brews here in MN.
     
  26. yamar68

    yamar68 Initiate (0) Apr 1, 2011 Minnesota

    I'm interested to see how this unfolds... a small CA brewery brewing their beer 1,900 miles away only to have all of it shipped to SoCal? Seems odd. Any amount of money that they would save by brewing at Cold Spring would pale in comparison to the cost of shipping every palate of beer half way across the country. Maybe I'm just being optimistic but I can't see how they could do this without also entering a new market closer to Cold Spring.
     
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  27. lonewolfcry

    lonewolfcry Zealot (561) Dec 7, 2007 Minnesota
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    This thread reminds me of the Duet I have in the fridge at home.
    I'm going to drink that when I get home.

    Thanks for the inspiration!

    God, I hope they distribute here.
     
  28. sacrelicio

    sacrelicio Initiate (0) Feb 15, 2005 Minnesota

    I get the feeling they are just keeping it on the DL so that we don't get all excited about it. I wouldn't be surprised if they are planning to distribute to a couple places in the midwest.
     
  29. GFG

    GFG Initiate (0) Oct 24, 2012 North Dakota

    Exactly how I feel. I'm sure quite a bit of it will definitely make its way back to SoCal, but I'd be extremely surprised if they didn't distribute ANY of it here. Seems it would be a much quicker and efficient way for them to make their money to expand their actual brewery by distributing some to Minnesota where they don't have to worry about shipping it back.

    Although they are canning instead of bottling it in Minnesota, which would help keep it fresh while it's shipped to SoCal.
     
  30. yamar68

    yamar68 Initiate (0) Apr 1, 2011 Minnesota

    And also make it cheaper to ship... but still. I guess only time will tell.
     
  31. sacrelicio

    sacrelicio Initiate (0) Feb 15, 2005 Minnesota

    I'm guessing Cold Spring is a midway point for eventual Alpine east coast distro...that's what 21st amendment seems to have done. They are available only on the west and east coasts and MN.
     
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  32. gatornation

    gatornation Poo-Bah (3,254) Apr 18, 2007 Minnesota
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    yeah i agree with that some of those pallets of Alpine i would think would be headed to Mpls , Chicago, Milwaukee Alpine could make a killing in sales in about 2 dozen shops just in the metro here
     
  33. opwog

    opwog Defender (663) Jun 16, 2008 Minnesota

    The release says that they are doing this to "raise enough capital to expand (in California)." What it doesn't say is that they are doing this to temporarily satisfy the local CA market until that expansion.

    There are plenty of places closer to San Diego county where they could have contracted this. I read this as if they are just trying to figure a way to raise capital in the quickest way possible to do their own expansion down there, which will eventually satisfy a rabid local demand. If you want to optimise a program to raise capital, you want to trim the expenses. If they can market and maybe have a deal with Cold Spring's assistance to plug and play into a distribution network out here, then this may just be exactly what it states; a move to a part of the country with lower production costs (lower overhead) to raise capital to expand their operations in CA.

    Green Flash found great success in expanding by aggressively hitting markets outside CA, which then financed their expansion there. Maybe they had some talks with Alpine and said something like; if they were to do it all over again, it would have been fiscally better to have contracted for those markets instead of shipping.
     
  34. GFG

    GFG Initiate (0) Oct 24, 2012 North Dakota

    Some good points being made on here. I like it.
     
  35. jesseparker1

    jesseparker1 Initiate (0) Sep 24, 2010 Minnesota
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    I love the Nelson!
     
  36. yamar68

    yamar68 Initiate (0) Apr 1, 2011 Minnesota

    Suddenly ISO a job at Cold Spring.

    Never thought I'd say that. It seems as though the tables have turned.
     
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  37. Ish1

    Ish1 Devotee (463) Feb 25, 2010 Minnesota
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    Sends shivers down my spine!
     
  38. KWMiles

    KWMiles Initiate (0) Oct 23, 2012 Minnesota

    For now, I'll just buy the shit out of TG brews.
     
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  39. WarMachine84

    WarMachine84 Initiate (0) Apr 30, 2013 Minnesota

    Just Got this from Alpine, If were going to see it here, you all are going to need to contact Alpine, Or we are not going to see Crap! I think he has more then a few Fan's Here.

    Hi Guys,

    Thank you for expressing interest in little old Alpine. I had no idea we have fans so far away.

    Both of you guys would really need to drink an unsafe amount of beer to justify the seriously daunting task of dealing with a distributor in MN. The logical way for us to grow would be to expand out from home. We would need to know we had a much bigger fan base to pursue distribution so far away.

    I really appreciate you letting me know how you feel, it is not lost on the big picture.

    Stay warm,

    Patrick McIlhenney
    Alpine Beer Company
    619-445-2337
    Drink Alpine Ale or Go To Bed
     
  40. GFG

    GFG Initiate (0) Oct 24, 2012 North Dakota

    Looks like we better get to work
     
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