Saturday, December 22, 2012
The Brewery Project: Alpine Beer Co.
Alpine Beer Co., with its brewery at one end of the complex and its pub on the other end. Intrigued, I went inside. Alright, so this wasn't my first trip to this small, yet mighty, brewery. It was, however, a cold, dark, winter's night when I made this trip, so I felt dramatics were in order. Skipping the small tasting room that I usually visit for samples and growler fills, I went right into the pub. Bustling as usual, I shared a table with Ricardo, my Alpine connection, and we quaffed a few beers. Wanting something I hadn't had before, I ordered Keene Idea, a special beer brewed for the 25th anniversary of San Francisco's legendary Toronado Pub. Brewed as a double version of their popular Nelson IPA, this IIPA packed a wallop of a hop punch. Extremely aromatic, there was no question what I was about to taste when I took a whiff. This was an assertive beer, possibly due to its use of lots of Nelson Sauvin hops from New Zealand, and almost off-putting. I'll have to explore this hop variety further to see if this is the taste that struck me or if it was something else in this monster of a beer. The brew was impressive, nonetheless, and is definitely worth a try. You'd better hurry in, though, if you want to try this limited edition beer, as there's very little available and when it's gone it's gone. Worth the drive, I recommend a visit to Alpine and its namesake beer oasis. As they say, "Drink Alpine Ale or Go To Bed!".