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Alpine Beer Company Pub
Taps: 12 / Bottles: 10
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
2363 Alpine Blvd
phone: (619) 445-2337
(Place added by: womencantsail on 01-12-2011)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 48 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Went first to the brewery which is located almost next door in a little strip right by the road. Note that the MAP LINK given above is no longer correct and will put you at the Alpine Inn -- the landmark building in this little town -- but not the brewery or the pub, which are a couple blocks further east. On a recent beercation to SD I made an extra point of getting way out here from the beer mecca that north and mid-county represent. This place is an odd little roadhouse, last chance before the desert to stock up on a couple growlers of Pure Hoppiness and Duet, two of America's truly memorable IPAs. At the brewery, you can squeeze into a tiny area with other pilgrims for a taste (brewer too busy to chat up) and a t-shirt (got me mine), then head to the pub for a burger or some onion rings, the latter of which provided me with the soakage to do a duet of Duets. I imagine this small diner gets pretty full during peak times, but at 4 PM on a Friday we about had the place to ourselves. Nothing unusual about the scene, nice little bar, a dozen tables -- just plain, comfortable, and friendly. If I lived in Alpine I'd be here 5 times a week.
07-31-2011 21:25:55 |
More by easong
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I've been here twice. Haven't been since they fixed the air conditioning, but must say that the alpine brewpub is one of the best off the beaten path spots in San Diego.
The food is decent, but the beers are the main attraction. They usually have the hits on tap (duet, pure hoppiness) and some more rare beers that don't come in bottles (chez monieux y chez monmiex--at least the time I went!)
I have the inkling that this is the spot to taste the barrel aged token when its near release. I am also looking forward to some of the different styles that the head brewer was mentioning a couple of months ago that he is aging in the barrels.
I would highly recommened going to the pub, and promptly going next door to the brewery and getting a few bottles to take home. And if you are lucky enough to live a short drive, get a growler and get it filled every weekend!
No growler fills at the brewpub though!
07-14-2011 23:34:54 |
More by unseenbyyou
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Been here a few times since the pub opened last year, most recent visit was yesterday.
The atmosphere is laid back, you really feel like you are no longer in San Diego (if coming from there), but rather out in the mountains. Decor is throw back, I think it used to be an ice cream shop, a lot of the original design (seating, floor tiles) remains.
The quality at Alpine is top notch, this carries over to the pub. All the beers they brew are fantastic, and are very fresh (being about 50 feet from the brewery).
The service here is top notch. Danielle and the girls do a great job of keeping your glass full and making sure your hunger is taken care of. They are very friendly, and if you are around when it's not busy, you are sure to have some good conversation with the staff...and these girls know what they are talking about when it comes to beer.
If I could find something to improve (it' a stretch), it would be the selection. As noted, the regular line up is amazing, I just wish I would see more brewery only offerings. Granted, I have been fortunate to enjoy Odin's Raven, Bad Boy, New Millenium as well as others, I guess I am just wishing I will eventually time things right and get some Good/Great on draught. Again, this is a stretch, I am never disappointed, even with just the regular lineup.
Can't speak to the food that well, I have only had onion rings and nachos, both of which were tasty and hit the spot. I hear the BBQ is delicious.
For what you pay, this place is a great deal. It's a bit of a hike, about a 50 minute drive for me from north county, however if you are taking some home, it's absolutely worth it. You just can't beat paying less than $5/bottle for Duet and Nelson, and the growler fills are pretty cheap as well. I walked out of there yesterday with 2 Nelson, 2 Duet, 2 PH, 12 Emerson and a growler fill of Nelson for about $100. If you haven't yet made the trip to Alpine, you need to get out there asap!
07-10-2011 21:12:40 |
More by Brewzer1010
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.
06-21-2011 18:05:15 |
More by Beerandraiderfan
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $
Alpine has become my favorite brewery to visit in Southern California.
Alpine is tucked away in the mountains east of San Diego, a bit of a drive for most anyone, 2 hours for me, but worth it. The pub is nice enough on the inside with some cool old photos on the wall and cheesy pub tacks.
The beer here is incredible, and cheap. If you like IPAs you must come here. A pint of fresh Nelson is just so good. They will often have some rarities on tap as well. I have stopped in for a few glasses of great before. There is always good selection of their beer.
The service is really phenomenal. The bar tenders are very willing to shoot the shit with you and talk beer. They know what they are talking about, and I would have no problem drinking here alone just talking with them and strangers, if I did not have 4 hours round trip in the car by myself. The food is very good as well. good BBQ fare with some interesting things thrown in as well.
Really a must stop for anyone in San Diego, I even take visitors from OC.
06-17-2011 19:33:51 |
More by pollox87
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
My friend's fiance was having a bridal shower so we took him for a day out to alpine. It’s quite the hike to get out to Alpine so any good reason to go I take it.
Its a small place in a small town but when we went in we were surprised to see an over packed restaurant that was booming with customers. Sat at the bar for quicker service and watched as keg after keg blew out and was quickly replaced by the bartender. The beer was fantastic, Odin's Raven was my fave. The food took a while to get, most likely because the huge crowd but worth the wait. Would go back again
06-17-2011 13:40:25 |
More by buzbuzzer
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This is a small place at the opposite end of the building from the brewery itself. It's a fairly standard bar/pub with mainly chairs and tables with a few booths as well. The service was mediocre: the waitress came to our table about 5 minutes after we sat down, but we hadn't decided what to order yet. We figured it out, and about 10 or 15 minutes went by and she hadn't come back, meaning we had to order from the bar. The beer selection was outstanding with an assortment of IPA's and non-IPA's, including Great. We didn't have any food, but it looked really good. You have to exit the building and go down to the brewery in order to get bottles/growlers.
06-17-2011 00:21:25 |
More by mrkun
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I love this place and I am not even a big IPA fan. The beers speak for themselves...no one can dispute that ABC makes some pretty incredible beers. From Exponential Hoppiness, to Captain Stout, to Odin's Raven to the mother of all beers...GREAT--the best barrel aged barley wine I have ever had.
The food here is BBQ. Don't expect to come here for a wrap or sushi or anything healthy. This place makes a killer Pulled Pork BBQ sandwich and beer battered onion rings.
The bartenders are awesome and incredibly knowledgable about beer. They are friendly and quick to serve you some of the finest beer in SD County.
It does get pretty busy on Friday nights and on weekends. It is a small joint that can hold maybe 40 people tops. So have patience and head down to the brewery about 50 feet to the west if your table isn't ready right away.
06-15-2011 03:44:19 |
More by hamilton23
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
Its a very smally cozy place with some of the most beautiful people working behind the bar. The ladies rock & ok Bob does too! I am always given some of the best freindly service here even during thier busiest times.
The selection of beers contains the awesome line up of Alpine brews and usually one guest beer on tap. The guest beer is alway a good one(Black Butte XI, Red Poppy).
The food is some of the best pub food I've ever had. I'm always talikng myself into the 15-20 min drive just to get thier menu. The pulled pork is great and the fried pickles are amazing. Pricing is very resonable because the food is amazing!
Overall the only downside to this place is the space and seating availible. At times it gets pretty crazy, but with that said if you stick around its all worth it (Beer, beautiful bartenders, and food)!
05-08-2011 23:10:18 |
More by badboyrsl84
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $
Its funny, Ive taken the 8 so many times to head to Boulevard, a small town about 40 minutes past alpine, and have never stopped by Alpine Beer till 2 days ago. I almost past it because the place is so small, the only reason why i didn't miss it is because in the small strip mall there's a big sign that says Books.
The pub itself is very small, only room for a few people at the bar, but there are a few tables as well as well as outdoor seating. Nelson, hoppy birthday, pure hoppyness were all on tap as well as Mongo by Port Brewing. The appetizers were all great too, tried out the fried pickles, black and tan onion rings and beer battered fries, all were awesome, too bad i didn't get any of the food, there were some tasty looking things on the menu.
When you step outside the pub 2 doors down is the actual brewery/company store. This is where you can pick up bottles of everything or get a growler fill. the guys here were really funny and were nice enough to give us a few samples before deciding on which growler to pick up.
Will definitely be back soon for a 2nd growler fill...
05-08-2011 17:10:32 |
More by Amdy
Alpine Beer Company Pub in Alpine, CA
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