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Alpine Beer Co.

2351 Alpine Blvd.
Alpine, CA, 91901, United States
TEL: (619) 445-2337

Career fireman Pat McIlhenney opened this microbrewery in 2002, but it wasn’t until 2009 that he became a full-time brewer. About 30 minutes outside San Diego, the brewery is situated in a tiny retail complex off Alpine Boulevard—an unassuming location that belies the company’s history of competition success. Together with his son Shawn, McIlhenney produces hop-forward beers like Pure Hoppiness and Duet, along with a signature Irish Red, chocolate oatmeal stout, and spicy-sweet Mandarin Nectar. Tastings and growler fills are available in the brewery, while home-cooked barbecue is served in the adjacent brewpub, a diner-like space with black-and-white-checkered floors.

Insider Tip:

The brewpub is as tiny as it is popular, so arrive before six to avoid the dinner rush; if there’s a wait, you can simply head to the tasting room.

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