Big Bad Beers and Holiday Hours

December 6, 2013

Big Bad Beer and Holiday Hours

There are some heavy hitters coming up to the plate along with some new beers to announce. And you want to know what our hours are going to be over the holidays, don’t you?  Haters, please be patient.

I want to ask those of you who find fault with this email newsletter, the bad jokes and the perceived voracity, to please find some patience. I plan on giving you plenty more reasons to hate as the years roll on.

On Friday, December 6, we are releasing two two double double IPAs IPAs. Both “Bad Boy” and “Keene Idea” will be offered to the thirsty. “Bad Boy” will be available on draft and Growler Fills. “Keene Idea” will only be on draft and No Growler Fills.

“Hoppy Birthday,” the most Celebrated Beer in the World, will make its most welcome return on Tuesday, December 10th. This beer is our dry-hopped Pale Ale or Session IPA and is merely 5.25% abv.

For the first time ever, we brewed a Milk Stout. “Elsie” was brewed with cocoa nibs and uses lactose to add some sweetness and body. It will run in the 5.5% abv range and will be ready in two weeks, just in time for our cold spell.

We brewed a new beer in order to showcase some new hops. And, because we are animal lovers, “Pub Cat” will be ready in three weeks. “Pub Cat” is a 5% abv, dry-hopped Extra Pale Ale. We used Azacca, Polaris and Experimental Hop 05256 in creating this brew. I’m very encouraged this will be an exceptional beer because the hops are so awesome.

As they say “Timing is everything.” We will use the opportunity of the timing of Christmas and New Years to give our awesome staff some family time off. We will be closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

The pub is up to more specials during the week and has added some new menu items. There is “Taco Tuesday,” “Wing Wednesday,” “Prime Rib Thursdays,” and a unique special for Friday dinner and Saturday if it lasts. Poutine is available on Sunday mornings but is not on the menu.

I don’t always dislike children. But when I do, it’s usually because their parents aren’t doing their job.

Everyone have a wonderful Christmas and New Year from us at Alpine Beer Company. Be Safe.

Big Bad Beers and Holiday Hours

December 6, 2013

Big Bad Beer and Holiday Hours

There are some heavy hitters coming up to the plate along with some new beers to announce. And you want to know what our hours are going to be over the holidays, don’t you?  Haters, please be patient.

I want to ask those of you who find fault with this email newsletter, the bad jokes and the perceived voracity, to please find some patients. I plan on giving you plenty more reasons to hate as the years roll on.

On Friday, December 6, we are releasing two two double double IPAs IPAs. Both “Bad Boy” and “Keene Idea” will be offered to the thirsty. “Bad Boy” will be available on draft and Growler Fills. “Keene Idea” will only be on draft and No Growler Fills.

“Hoppy Birthday,” the most Celebrated Beer in the World, will make its most welcome return on Tuesday, December 10th. This beer is our dry-hopped Pale Ale or Session IPA and is merely 5.25% abv.

For the first time ever, we brewed a Milk Stout. “Elsie” was brewed with cocoa nibs and uses lactose to add some sweetness and body. It will run in the 5.5% abv range and will be ready in two weeks, just in time for our cold spell.

We brewed a new beer in order to showcase some new hops. And, because we are animal lovers, “Pub Cat” will be ready in three weeks. “Pub Cat” is a 5% abv, dry-hopped Extra Pale Ale. We used Azacca, Polaris and Experimental Hop 05256 in creating this brew. I’m very encouraged this will be an exceptional beer because the hops are so awesome.

As they say “Timing is everything.” We will use the opportunity of the timing of Christmas and New Years to give our awesome staff some family time off. We will be closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

The pub is up to more specials during the week and has added some new menu items. There is “Taco Tuesday,” “Wing Wednesday,” “Prime Rib Thursdays,” and a unique special for Friday dinner and Saturday if it lasts. Poutine is available on Sunday mornings but is not on the menu.

I don’t always dislike children. But when I do, it’s usually because their parents aren’t doing their job.

Everyone have a wonderful Christmas and New Year from us at Alpine Beer Company. Be Safe.

Good, Bad and Ugly and the ZOO too!

September 9, 2013

OK, cue the music (skip the ad if you can), sit back, and enjoy! It sets the mood for this announcement…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFa1-kciCb4

It’s going to be a Good, Bad, and Ugly kind of week here at the Alpine Beer Company! Yes, Bad Boy will finally make its appearance Tuesday, 9/3/2013, and to celebrate, we’re going to put kegs of Good (our non-barrel aged Barleywine) and Ugly (our hoppy Black Ale) on in our Pub to accompany it. We don’t have very much of any of them, and they’ll go quickly, so don’t hesitate. Try them while you have the chance! Don’t forget, it will be Taco Tuesday, so grab some Smoked Chicken, Pork, and Beef Tacos while you sample.

Bad Boy will be available at Noon for Growler Fills (Growlers only, no bottles) in our Brewery, with a limit of 2 per customer. We don’t expect it to last long, so if you’ve been waiting (and calling every day for the last few weeks!) now is the time to come get our very special, all Maris Otter (a premium British Pale Malt) Double IPA! Even at 9% abv, it’s dangerously drinkable, and it’s available only 2 or 3 times a year. Bad Boy is currently #100 on Beer Advocate’s Top 250 Beers, find out why starting Tuesday!

Hoppy Birthday (#61 on that list) is almost gone, but if you are one of the first few customers this week, you might still get some. Exponential Hoppiness (#68) is very close, about 2 weeks, to being ready, and we should have it bottled in the next few weeks. Great (#232, and #2 on B.A.’s Best American Barleywines List) is also close to being bottled, and there will even be some Keene Idea (#154) brewing, too, being brewed on Thursday, Sept. 5th. It should be ready about 3½ weeks later.

Don’t forget about Nelson (#57), Duet (#72), or Pure Hoppiness (#77). We try to have those 3 all the time, and thanks to Shawn, we usually do. It’s takes a lot of juggling, but he makes it look easy!

Brewery Growler Fills this Week

Willy, Willy Vanilly,Apricot Nectar, McIlhenney’s Irish Red, Mandarin Nectar, Captain Stout, Alpine Ale, Pure Hoppiness, Nelson, Duet, Bad Boy and Hoppy Birthday (while they last.)

Currently available 22 oz. Bottles:

Willy, McIlhenney’s Irish Red, Alpine Ale, Mandarin Nectar, Pure Hoppiness, Duet, and Nelson (while they last.) 

The World Famous San Diego Zoo and Alpine Beer Company are teaming up to present a “Brewmaster Dinner” at Albert’s Restaurant located in the heart of the zoo on September 14th. The reception starts at 6 pm with dinner starting at 6:45 pm. There will be animal ambassadors at the Treehouse Plaza with some tasty brews. Chefs Chris Mirguet and Charles Boukas have put together an exceptional four course food pairing with four of our beers. The cost is $79 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Guests will be seated at tables of 8, and you must be at least 21 years of age.  For reservations, please call 619-557-3964.

The menu looks like this: Brewmaster menu for Alpine

We have a talented homebrewer in our employ who created a recipe for a Coffee Brown that has been brewed on our sized scale. Look for “Koffee Sutra” to be released in a little over a week. Thanks Keith, we look forward to tasting your awesome creation. It is 6% abv and will be “dry-beaned” with “Rwanda Musasa” coffee beans from the Treehouse Coffee Company. Yum!

A review of the upcoming beers: Good, Bad Boy, Ugly, Koffee Sutra, Exponential Hoppiness and Keene Idea. Need I say more?

See you here!

Celebrating National IPA Day

August 1, 2013

In celebration of “National IPA Day” Alpine Beer Company is selling all Growlers, Pints and Pitchers of all our IPA’s, and our guest IPA which is Green Flash’s West Coast IPA, at $1 off the normal price from open to close.

Alpine Beer Release Info

February 8, 2013

New Corduroy Pillows Making Headlines

Not relevant but it made you laugh and that was the goal. Now, it’s time to get serious, really serious. No, I mean it this time. And, just like Moses makes his tea, Hebrew’s it, we brewed a really bad beer just for you. There is another delay in the release of a highly sought after beer, sorry.

So, let’s get right to it shall we? At about the time you receive this email we will be putting up for sale a beer first made for “Pizza Port’s Strong Ale Festival,” a beer named after the brewer, “Bad Boy.” This Double IPA weighs in at 9% abv and uses all Premium British “Maris Otter” malt. Tons of new wave hops are generously used throughout the brewing of this heavy hitter. Enjoy growlers in the brewery and glasses in the pub starting today, Friday Feb. 8th.

The release of “Exponential Hoppiness” will be delayed, again and will be out sometime during the week of February 19th through the 22nd. For those of you flying in please change your flights to a week later. For those of you that don’t already know, we do not sell growlers of Exponential Hoppiness, bottles only, with a limit of 4 bottles max per person per day. Glasses of this fine elixir will be available in the pub.

On February 8th and 9th Pizza Port in Carlsbad, CA is hosting the 4th annual Brewbies Beer Fest to benefit Keep A Breast. In 2013 the event will expand to a two day festival which hosts raffles, local beer sampling, we are sending “Pink Nelson” called “Nipple,” and even a custom KAB pink beer brewed by Pizza Port themselves!

Date: February 8th 5 – 10pm & February 9th 12 – 5pm

Location: Pizza Port is located at 571 Carlsbad Village Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008

Tickets: $25 in advance/$30 day of, and can be purchased here!

 

We just put a vintage keg of “Exponential Hoppiness” on in the pub for your drinking pleasure. This keg is from Feb. 2012 but still has a ton of hoppy goodness. And, so it isn’t the only vintage beer on, we also have a keg of “Chez Monieux” on draught in the pub. Enjoy.

Some important facts to remember: Bottle sales in the pub are discontinued while the brewery is open. So, get your bottles and growlers in the brewery, noon to 6 pm Tues. – Sat., and limited bottle sales when the brewery is closed and the pub is open. No growler fills in the pub,

We have an improved web site. Since “Apple” and “Flash” can’t seem to get along, we had to make some improvements to our old site. The new site is mobile phone friendly as well as Apple friendly. Feel free to tell us what you think!

We just brewed some “Hoppy Birthday” which should be out in around a month. More on that as the date gets closer. Our Barleywine, “Good” is due to be released any day, probably early next week.

That’s it for now. See you over a great beer.

Do you know what’s red and bad for your teeth?

A brick.

Inside Every Cynical Person is a Disappointed Idealist

January 17, 2013

Inside Every Cynical Person is a Disappointed Idealist

Don’t be confused. This is another newsletter from your favorite brewery in Alpine. And in this newsletter you’ll be informed of things you never really gave any thought to unless you have insomnia issues. Or, you may find out something so earth shatteringly fulfilling you’ll cut off the soles of your shoes, sit in a tree and play a flute, who knows. I, for one, am grateful I’m not getting all the government I’m paying for.

Hey, check out our new and improved web site, http://alpinebrewing.com We have made the transition to a more mobile friendly format and added a page so you can see what is on tap in the pub and up for growler fills in the brewery. All the other information is there; the pub menu and hours, the merchandise available, the beers, webcam and more…

On this glorious day, in the New Year 2013, we are releasing for your pleasure, a new beer never before concocted in our laboratory of fermentation. We were asked to brew an anniversary beer for O’Brien’s Pub called 19/10 IPA. It represents the 19 years O’Brien’s has been around and the 10 years Tom and Lindsay Nickel have owned it. It is a 7.4% abv all Columbus hopped “Alpine-style” IPA of marvelous flavor and aroma. Available only in the pub for pints and pitchers and not for growler fills. Look for it on tap at the finer beer establishments around town in the coming week.

It is with a heavy heart I am here to tell you of a delay in the release date of “Exponential Hoppiness.” The release must be pushed back because the cold weather slowed down the activity of the yeast. So, keeping with our mantra of “no beer will be released before it’s time,” we foresee a release sometime in the week of February 12th through the 15th. An exact date and time will not be announced due to the issues of parking, traffic congestion, angry next-door business owners and overcrowding. Please remember there will not be any growlers sold and there will be a 4 bottle limit per person per day, no exceptions. Sorry, it will not be around during Super Bowl Festivities.

Alpine Beer Company has a major theft to report. Due to the cramped conditions around the brewery, we moved a large 1,000 gallon brite beer tank to the property we intend to develop on Tavern Road and Taberna Vista way. Someone stole the tank! I am surprised in that it weighs over 1,500 pounds, crap. If you have any information please contact either the brewery at 619-445-2337 or contact the San Diego County Sheriffs at 858-565-5200.

Here’s to making it easy to be cynical, cheers.

Inside Every Cynical Person is a Disappointed Idealist

January 17, 2013

Inside Every Cynical Person is a Disappointed Idealist

Don’t be confused. This is another newsletter from your favorite brewery in Alpine. And in this newsletter you’ll be informed of things you never really gave any thought to unless you have insomnia issues. Or, you may find out something so earth shatteringly fulfilling you’ll cut off the soles of your shoes, sit in a tree and play a flute, who knows. I, for one, am grateful I’m not getting all the government I’m paying for.

Hey, check out our new and improved web site, http://alpinebrewing.com We have made the transition to a more mobile friendly format and added a page so you can see what is on tap in the pub and up for growler fills in the brewery. All the other information is there; the pub menu and hours, the merchandise available, the beers, webcam and more…

On this glorious day, in the New Year 2013, we are releasing for your pleasure, a new beer never before concocted in our laboratory of fermentation. We were asked to brew an anniversary beer for O’Brien’s Pub called 19/10 IPA. It represents the 19 years O’Brien’s has been around and the 10 years Tom and Lindsay Nickel have owned it. It is a 7.4% abv all Columbus hopped “Alpine-style” IPA of marvelous flavor and aroma. Available only in the pub for pints and pitchers and not for growler fills. Look for it on tap at the finer beer establishments around town in the coming week.

It is with a heavy heart I am here to tell you of a delay in the release date of “Exponential Hoppiness.” The release must be pushed back because the cold weather slowed down the activity of the yeast. So, keeping with our mantra of “no beer will be released before it’s time,” we foresee a release sometime in the week of February 12th through the 15th. An exact date and time will not be announced due to the issues of parking, traffic congestion, angry next-door business owners and overcrowding. Please remember there will not be any growlers sold and there will be a 4 bottle limit per person per day, no exceptions. Sorry, it will not be around during Super Bowl Festivities.

Alpine Beer Company has a major theft to report. Due to the cramped conditions around the brewery, we moved a large 1,000 gallon brite beer tank to the property we intend to develop on Tavern Road and Taberna Vista way. Someone stole the tank! I am surprised in that it weighs over 1,500 pounds, crap. If you have any information please contact either the brewery at 619-445-2337 or contact the San Diego County Sheriffs at 858-565-5200.

Here’s to making it easy to be cynical, cheers.

Fed Ex is Not Nice

December 4, 2012

Fed Ex Has No Love

Some of you may recall the Symposium Beer we brewed for the American Homebrewer’s Association (AHA) several years ago. The event was held in the bay area back in mid-2009. All the ingredients for the beer were donated by different companies and we brewed and bottled the beer.

Anheuser Busch donated a pallet of 22 oz. bottles and shipped them, via Fed Ex shipping, to us in Alpine from St. Louis. We signed a bill of lading and went about our business. We received a shipping bill a couple of weeks later for around $3,500 for the pallet of bottles. A normal shipping charge at the time would have usually been around $300.

I was extremely concerned and called only to be told I wasn’t the shipper so I couldn’t do anything. So, I called AB and spoke with the appropriate person and thought I had things settled. I sent and received several emails from various people from AB, Fed Ex and other involved parties. After several months of inactivity, we started getting collections phone calls and letters. Collection calls continued for about a year, then we were hit on our credit rating, very disturbing.

The very first contact with Fed Ex and several occasions thereafter, the entire project was explained to the people from Fed Ex about how every company involved had donated their wares or services for the AHA. They declined every opportunity to turn this into something positive for anyone. We almost closed our doors as a result.

Their latest involves shipping beer from Alpine to a Vermont Brewery. We shipped a couple of 5 gallon kegs back to Hill Farmstead Brewery for their employee party with a future exchange down the road.

The kegs made it all the way to New Hampshire where they were x-rayed and held up as “illegal alcohol.” Both Alpine Beer and Hill Farmstead have legal rights to ship between the two companies but Fed Ex requires special paperwork.

I shipped the kegs from a Post Annex so no paperwork is available there. We, both Shaun Hill and I were willing and able to provide any necessary license information they required but no one person would hear our case. We pleaded, we begged, explained how it was not illegal for the two entities to ship beer to each other, with no results. Many supervisors were consulted.

So, the beer was shipped 99% of the destination and will be shipped all the way back. The exact same thing happened to Lost Abbey.

Please reconsider using any of the Fed Ex empire of businesses.

Without Much Ado but a Whole Lot of Poo

December 4, 2012

Without Much Ado but a Whole Lot of Poo

Greetings from everyone’s favorite microbrewery in Alpine! We have some pretty special brew releases to announce and some general update information to share with you. The infamous FedEx has done it again; wait ‘til you hear what they did this time. We will be making some interesting “Anniversary Beers” for some interesting establishments coming up. All that and a sawbuck might get you a small double cinnamon dolce latte.

The release of “Crazy Hazel” was just last week. This delicious elixir is made with hazelnut meal, Belgian candy sugar and plenty of caramel malts. Amber in color and 6.2% abv makes for a tasty treat of a beer. Though not bottled, we offer growler fills and on draught in the pub.

And, the cooler temperatures means the heavy beers are more appropriate for this time of year. So, we have “Odin’s Raven” available for your immediate consumption. This beer won a bronze medal at the 2012 “World Beer Cup” in the Chocolate Beer category. We do not currently bottle this beer but do offer growler fills in the brewery and on draught in the pub. Yes, it’s dark, strong at 11% abv, and yummy. Odin’s Raven float anyone?

Today is the release of the world’s most celebrated beer “Hoppy Birthday.” Available for growler fills and on draught in the pub. This is technically a Pale Ale, but we make it like an IPA, with lots of hoppy goodness from hops like Citra and Nelson. 5.25% abv

One last release to tell you about. We made a beer for a San Francisco landmark call The Toronado Pub to commemorate their 25th Anniversary. We called it “Toronado 25th Anniversary IPA” but found another brewery, Russian River, made a beer and called it that as well. So, we now call what some were calling “Double Nelson” “Keene Idea.” Dave Keene is the owner of The Toronado Pub in San Francisco. We will be releasing this special 9% abv Double IPA sometime late next week. A very limited amount of kegs will be made available for growler fills in the brewery, no bottles, and on draught in the pub. Some will make its way to San Francisco as well.

We will be constructing two Anniversary Beers in the near future. One with Tom Nickel of O’Brien’s Pub and Nickel Brewing in Julian and one for City Beer Store in San Francisco. O’Brien’s will be celebrating 19 years of existence and 10 years of ownership by the Nickels. The beer will be an all Columbus hopped 7.5% IPA brewed on December 20th, yum. The other Anniversary beer we’ve agreed to brew (they don’t know we’ve agreed yet), City Beer Store in San Francisco will be celebrating 7 years of bring great craft beer to the bay area with a special beer we make just for them for their May Anniversary.

For reasons never to use Fed Ex for any services whatsoever, please go to our website newsletter blog and read how they continue to prove to be a company no one should ever use.

My time here is up, good cheer over the holidays!

I’ll leave you with some interesting facts:

If you yelled for 8 years, 7 months and 6 days you would have produced enough sound energy to heat one cup of coffee.
(Hardly seems worth it.) 

If you farted consistently for 6 years and 9 months, enough gas is produced to create the energy of an atomic bomb.
(Now that’s more like it!)

The human heart creates enough pressure when it pumps out to the body to squirt blood 30 feet.
(O.M.G.!)

A pig’s orgasm lasts 30 minutes.
(In my next life, I want to be a pig.)

A cockroach will live nine days without its head before it starves to death. (Creepy.)
(I’m still not over the pig.)

Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories an hour
(Don’t try this at home, maybe at work)

The male praying mantis cannot copulate while its head is attached to its body. The female initiates sex by ripping the male’s head off.
(Honey, I’m home. What the…?!) 

The flea can jump 350 times its body length.. It’s like a human jumping the length of a football field.
(30 minutes..lucky pig! Can you imagine?) 

The catfish has over 27,000 taste buds. Why you should know this is yet to be revealed.

Peace

Nelson is Back, “Ha Ha”

October 9, 2012

Nelson is Back, “Ha Ha”

It seems like an eternity since I sent a few words of encouragement to the world at large. Inspiration sometimes is fleeting, and I lost a step or two recently. But, back with a vengeance we will attempt to tease you with tasty descriptions of our recent releases and some more yummy brews on their way. Nelson was gone but now it’s back, so guess what I’m drinking right now? The universe, in its infinite darkness that makes us wonder if we’re alone, aligned properly a few weeks back so our “out-of-this-world” beer is on tap again. Look for more Duet and Nelson next year, like a lot more! Anyone for a “Flanders Red?”

We have released, for your ghoulish pleasure, our spiced holiday ale “Ichabod 2012.” Available in 22 oz. bottles, no growler fills, and on draught in the pub. For those that don’t know, Ichabod is supposed to be an annually produced beer that always uses “pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg” but has a different base beer. Annually has been an issue. But, this year’s version has a base of a nice chocolaty Porter. It comes in at 6% abv and is creamy, dark and smooth with the spices and pumpkin kicking in as a nice compliment. We have always had a hard time getting the pumpkin to contribute its flavor. So this year we used 240 pounds of pumpkin puree from Oregon. We used it in the mash tun, the boil kettle and the fermenter too! That amount of pumpkin is about 5 times more than our previous versions. Dam it, I want pumpkin flavor. I even called Dick Cantwell from Elysian Brewing, the pumpkin beer king, to get sourcing and advice. Elysian only ordered about 12,000 pounds of pumpkin puree, wow.

“New Millennium” extra pale ale is fresh and delicious and available for growler fills and on draught in the pub right now! This dry-hopped gem is made with Millennium and Galaxy hops for an out-of-this-world drinking experience.

Okay, so we ran out of “Nelson,” our golden rye IPA made with New Zealand hops. But, it is back on, fresh and as good as ever. I said it tasted like candy after my first gulp returning from its hiatus.

This is potentially some of the biggest news to ever come out of Alpine Beer Company. With the signing of a couple of hop contracts we have positioned ourselves to produce an additional 2,000 barrels of Duet and an additional 2,000 barrels of Nelson starting in late 2013. A “barrel” is two kegs. We plan on new packaging with a 16 oz. bigmouth twist off can along with 22 oz. bottles and kegs. There is little more I can currently say about how we are going to pull this off but know there is a lot of work to be done to assure the quality and standards are met while stepping up production. And, with Water being the largest ingredient in beer, it becomes the primary flavor contributor and is a highly important part of beer itself. Let’s just say we found a killer water source and a place to make more beer, yahoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.

We brewed “Ned” the other day and if all goes well we’ll see it shortly after the new year. “Ned” is our Flanders Red and is aged in used red wine barrels long enough to get the special bugs to impart their tartness and sourness, yum.

The next beer to join our tap list is “O’Brien’s IPA.” Already in the fermenter, it should be out within three weeks.

With the “Great American Beer Festival” happening this weekend comes the possibility we could see some medals. Keep your fingers crossed. And for those attending, we will have beer on the festival floor: Duet, Bad Boy and FiringsQuad.

I know you want more but that’s all I got, for now. Keep good thoughts and good things happen. Smile, it will always make them wonder.

For our weekly pub specials, that run Friday night and into Saturday if we don’t run out, check our Facebook page under “Alpine Beer Company.” It has some new pictures up that look so cool.

Know we are doing our best here at Alpine Beer Company. If your experience isn’t what you expected, for that we are truly sorry. We do the best we can most of the time. We work hard and sometime stuff happens, try to excuse us. We’re honest and integrity is a wonderful attribute, our goal is to show that.

Love to all, keep each other safe. See you on your next visit over a good beer. Peace.


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