First visited in 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.
The one and only...Out in the middle of nowhere, but they do make some damn fine beers. The BBQ in the pub is excellent, and of course the IPAs are world class. Service can be a bit grumpy, but I find the waitresses in the pub are quite nice. The guys and girl (not sure if she still works there?) in the tasting room can be a bit surly.
Nice diner/pub atmosphere. Tiny, so don’t expect to get a seat if there are alot of you. Service was decent, but as most places in SoCal, efficient not friendly. Full of locals and geeks, which you can tell causes a bit of tension. They have 1 rotating tap. Food is good BBQ but a bit pricey for the serving size. Although a bit overrated, it is worth checking out, especially if there is something special on tap.
This quaint restaurant is tucked neatly outside of San Diego in a small town. Facing the building, the pub is on the left and the brewery the right with a book store in between. The service was pretty good, especially for our waitresses’ second day. We enjoyed the fried green beans along with a couple of pints each.
I have wanted to come here for a long time, and finally got my chance. Pretty busy on a Tuesday night, but I found a spot at the bar. When I was here they had 12 unique beers on tap, with a few that had tapped out prior to my visit. I sampled them all, washed down with some surprisingly good food - smoked wings and tacos. Service is pretty good, ambiance is what it is, but it is hard to argue with the quality of fresh Alpine IPA’s.
Long lineup out the door for both the bottle shop and bar / restaurant sections when we visited on a Saturday. But it wasn’t too long a wait to at least grab beers and sit on the deck out back. Most of their regular beers are only okay, while their hoppier beers and limited releases are very well-crafted. Prices are normal and the service was very good. Definitely a must stop when in the San Diego area - perhaps try to visit during the week to avoid lineups.
Popped by the little brewery then went to the tavern up the road for a sampler. It’s obviously California -- they had like 7 IPAs of their own on tap. I tried 6, 5 of which were above average, just 1 was so-so. The service was great, and they’re dog friendly! Brewery #725.
(Visited 10/2013): Alpine Beer Company is about a 45 minute drive east of San Diego in Alpine on Alpine Avenue, off of I-8. There is a parking lot in front of the plaza, which consists of the brewpub, a book store, then Alpine again (the brewery side where merchandise and to-go beer can be purchased).
The brewpub side looks like a mom ’n’ pop diner, with table and booth seating past the entrance and a bar along the left side. There is a small cooler behind the bar with bottles, and a board listing the beers on draught. Kitschy beer signs on the walls. The brewery side has a walk up counter and a white board listing the beers that can be taken home in growlers. Brewing equipment is visible on that side too.
Alpine has around 15 of their beers on tap. On my visit this included Nelson, Duet, Pure Hoppiness, Willy and some seasonals like Mandarin Nectar, Koffee Sutra and Willy Vanilly. Sample flights are offered. The beers were really good for the most part, with a couple mediocre ones mixed in.
Service on a Friday lunch hour was good both at the bar and on the brewery side. The staff is knowledgeable about the beers and were attentive during my visit.
Food at Alpine goes with the look, in that there are diner classics like burgers, sandwiches etc. My buffalo chicken sandwich was spicy and good.
All in all this place is well worth the drive from San Diego and I would definitely visit again.
This place looks a bit suspicious from the outside but don’t let it fool you. The brewpub itself was so packed we couldn’t fit in so we decided to go and buy some of their brews to go. The brewery room next door was the place to fill growlers, buy bottles and merchandise. Really nice prices. I would like to visit them again.