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Discussion in 'Pacific' started by grandmeaulnes, Jul 30, 2012.

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  1. OTB

    OTB Sep 2, 2011 California

    I have filled growlers and then be called out of town on extended business trips to return to perfectly delicious Alpine beer two weeks later. I actually enjoyed a two week old growler of Duet recently as much as the one i had filled that same day. You will have no problem at seven days. These growlers of course were never opened and I really tighten the cap.

    Cheers..
     
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  2. SageO

    SageO Jul 13, 2010 California
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  3. MacNCheese

    MacNCheese Dec 10, 2011 California

    Or go to your local homebrew shop and buy new lids, they're not expensive and if you re-use the same lids over and over the material that forms the seal gets beaten down and becomes leaky. Homebrew Mart sells them.
     
  4. sandiego67

    sandiego67 Feb 25, 2008 California

    I just ask for new caps at the brewery when I fill growler. They usually have a bunch of them.
     
  5. dcgunman

    dcgunman Jul 1, 2009 California
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    I've had HB in growlers for 2 weeks and just over 2 weeks. No problems. Pours a perfect head and lots of carb. It's after you have opened the growler that you should finish it up within 24 hours. I've had some 3 week growler fill of Beachwood's beers with no problems. Opened up a growler of JO from Kern last a week ago in Laughlin that I bought back Feb 4 for the Citra release. It was still just outstanding!!
     
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  6. aztec87

    aztec87 Aug 30, 2012 California

    yeah, i always throw away my caps after finishing a growler
     
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  7. beer30jax

    beer30jax Jun 27, 2012 Florida
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    I'll be in San Diego Sunday Night and was going to hit up the Alpine Pub. I know the Brewery is closed but are there any bottle sales out of the pub? How is the Pub?
     
  8. evilc

    evilc Jan 27, 2012 California

    The pub is awesome but completely packed often. When the brewery is closed, you can buy 2 of each beer available in bottles in the pub.
     
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  9. rgco

    rgco Apr 2, 2012 California

    So what is the deal regarding buying bottles and/or growlers at the brewery vs. the pub on say next Saturday evening?
     
  10. evilc

    evilc Jan 27, 2012 California

    The brewery is open Tu-Sat 12-6. If it is open, you can buy 4 bottles per beer and 6 growlers per beer of normal year rounds, with differing limits on special releases. If the brewery is open, you cannot buy bottles in the pub. If the brewery is closed and the pub open, the pub will sell you 2 bottles per beer. The pub does not sell growlers.
     
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  11. sandiego67

    sandiego67 Feb 25, 2008 California

    The pub consists of a counter that seats 10-12 people. There are 3 booths seating 4 people each. There are a 4-5 tables seating 4 people and a few hightops seating 4 people.

    The outdoor patio probably seats another 20-25 at picnic tables.

    It is not a huge place.
     
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  12. beer30jax

    beer30jax Jun 27, 2012 Florida
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    appreciate the feedback folks. It's just me and a buddy doing a beer tour from San Fran down to San Diego. If we have to wait for a seat at the pub, so be it :)
     
  13. smarcoly

    smarcoly Jun 15, 2010 California

    Goddamn, you are going to be able to mix in some killer stops along the way my friend. Hope you've allocated a couple of weeks and a nice amount of cash for this adventure.
     
  14. OTB

    OTB Sep 2, 2011 California

    And order the brisket sammy, its frickin great.

    Cheers.....
     
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  15. dcgunman

    dcgunman Jul 1, 2009 California
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    Brisket or go for the ribs and or chicken. bbq chicken is heaven.
     
  16. jeff1973

    jeff1973 Aug 10, 2010 California
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    Just came from Alpine. Had the brisket sandwich and baked beans. Both were great!
    Bought bottles of Duet, Nelson, and Pure Hoppiness. Bought a growler of Hoppy Birthday. Great trip!
     
  17. ryno09

    ryno09 May 1, 2010 California

    That's how you do it!
     
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  18. BdubleEdubleRUN

    BdubleEdubleRUN Jul 28, 2009 California

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  19. Miruguy

    Miruguy Nov 22, 2010 California
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    Anyone have a current update as to what's available (specifically, is there any Nelson available for growler fills and/or bottles, and any Hoppy Birthday left)? I will be in SD tomorrow and hoped to make a detour. Thanks!
     
  20. smarcoly

    smarcoly Jun 15, 2010 California

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  21. BdubleEdubleRUN

    BdubleEdubleRUN Jul 28, 2009 California

    Nelson is back, Hoppy Birthday was still going as of yesterday.

    No more Good on tap at the pub
     
  22. Miruguy

    Miruguy Nov 22, 2010 California
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  23. mhksuccess

    mhksuccess Jul 7, 2012 California
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    I completely agree with your bottle purchase even better if you bought the 4 bottle max of each
    but I do not concur on the food order although the brisket is good I really like the pulled chicken and then you put the coleslaw right on the sandwich with some of that BBQ sauce they have and wash it down with a pint of DUET
    now that is what I am talking about I will be there on March 23 can't wait
     
  24. redmagik99

    redmagik99 May 15, 2007 California
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    Still any hoppy b day action going on? Growlers? Draft at the pub? Thanks!
     
  25. PlinyTheYoungest

    PlinyTheYoungest Jun 30, 2009 California

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  26. evilc

    evilc Jan 27, 2012 California

    Says Nelson is out.
     
  27. PlinyTheYoungest

    PlinyTheYoungest Jun 30, 2009 California

    What? Says who?
     
  28. grilledsquid

    grilledsquid Jul 10, 2009 California
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    their latest FB post says Nelson and HB are still on for fills.
     
  29. skunkpuddle

    skunkpuddle Feb 14, 2011 California
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    One of the worst posts I have ever read. He was describing what he had and bought not asking people if they agreed with it.
     
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  30. beer30jax

    beer30jax Jun 27, 2012 Florida
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    Just got back from my West Coast trip. I sat at Alpine for about 3 hours on Sunday night. Via the recommendations in this thread I had the brisket and drank my way through Hoppy Birthday, Expo, Nelson, and Pure Hoppiness. All great. The Hoppy Bday reminded me of a Zombie Dust Light.

    The best beer I had on my trip was Societe's The Pupil. I'm going to have splurge for the growler and trade for some soon. Man was that a hell of a great beer.

    Thanks everyone for the tips in this thread.
     
  31. OTB

    OTB Sep 2, 2011 California

    Glad you enjoyed the brisket, miss that sammy. Societe is crushing it right now, hard to argue with you that Pupil may be the best IPA coming out of SD right now.It actually seems to be getting better with each subsequent batch.

    Cheers.....
     
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  32. vapodge

    vapodge Nov 24, 2009 Florida

    Buddy from FL just flew in. Nelson bottles still available? I haven't been there in a week.
     
  33. aztec87

    aztec87 Aug 30, 2012 California

    was it just me (and a friend) or was the last bottling of nelson pretty off? flavors/carb wise
     
  34. pmarlowe

    pmarlowe Nov 27, 2010 District of Columbia
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    Someone needs to lend Alpine an Anton-Paar Carbo QC.
     
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  35. OTB

    OTB Sep 2, 2011 California

    I have been told from at least five friends that bought the last batch of Nelson that it was a mess, no carb, off putting flavors and clarity issues. I hope they figure out what is going on because I miss having bottles on hand.

    Cheers...
     
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  36. sandiego67

    sandiego67 Feb 25, 2008 California

    This is CRAFT beer, not that crap where you can expect the same taste and fizzy yellow carbonation every time.

    I would like to see an experiment where the brewer of an acclaimed beer started taking short cuts and see where the tipping point is before demand was affected.
     
  37. Miruguy

    Miruguy Nov 22, 2010 California
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    I bought just a couple of bottles this weekend and also thought there was somethign up with the Nelson (more a muted flavor, but didn't notice the carb issues). I also picked up 2 growlers and was planning on opening them this weekend. Hopefully, the issues were isolated to the bottled version!
     
  38. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Mar 18, 2010 California

    The QC is right, the drinker is wrong.
     
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  39. BrianTheBrewer30

    BrianTheBrewer30 Nov 17, 2009 Massachusetts

    Drinking a Nelson...out of the bottle...right now. Yum :)
     
  40. errantnight

    errantnight Jul 7, 2005 Iowa
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    Diacetyl-city. Mine had carb, though.
     
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