So Many Questions, So Little Time
After the last newsletter, there were so many responses asking when exactly the “Hoppy Birthday” would be released I have to send out the official release date right away. The annual “Real Ale Festival” in Carlsbad is coming up. How about a special Alpine beer pairing at O’Brien’s, the hoppiest place on earth. All just ahead in this “Special Edition” of the Alpine Beer Company Newsletter.
You’d think “Hoppy Birthday,” our sessionable American Pale Ale (APA), was the highest rated APA out there. As soon as the last newsletter hit the internet there were dozens of inquiries asking exactly when it would be out. I guess “in about two weeks” was too vague. So, exactly two weeks later, on Friday, April 15th, you can bring your growlers and fill them with uber fresh “Hoppy Birthday, the most celebrated beer in the world.” We’ll have it on tap at the pub for pint and pitcher fills. Celebrate someone’s birthday, anyone’s.
The San Diego Real Ale Festival will be this Friday, April 15th and Saturday, April 16th at Pizza Port Carlsbad. The festival will feature all cask conditioned beers from breweries like Bear Republic, AleSmith, Triple Rock, Hollister, Green Flash, Ballast Point and of course Alpine with Nelson Rye IPA! It is one of the largest collections of cask ales in the country! Every beer will be hand pumped through a beer engine. More than 50 beers will be poured over the two days. The festival will run from 4 pm to 11 pm on Friday and from 11 am to 11 pm on Saturday. Cost is $30 which includes a festival Imperial Pint tasting glass and 8 taster tickets each good for a 4 ounce pour. Additional taster tickets will be just $1 each. There will be a special discounted rate starting at 7 pm on Saturday the 16th of just $20!
There will also be a VIP session on Friday the 15th from 1 pm to 4 pm in the afternoon. The session features limited ticket sales, food snacks provided by Pizza Port owner Vince Marsaglia and a great line up of VIP casks from Alpine (Odin’s Raven!), Green Flash, Ballast Point, AleSmith, Firestone, Lost Abbey and Pizza Port. Tickets for the VIP session are only available on line through Ticket Derby. The cost is $40 and the session is over 65% sold out at this point, so buy your ticket soon. The link for tickets is: Real Ale Festival Tickets or you can find it through the Festival page of the Pizza Port website. The VIP ticket includes admission into the Friday night session.
Next month O’Brien’s Pub in Kearny Mesa will host an Alpine Hoppy Beer and Food tasting on Sunday, May 1st at 6:30 pm. It will feature 7 different hoppy beers from Alpine paired up with several courses of fine food. The lineup includes Alpine Ale, Hoppy Birthday, O’Brien’s IPA, Duet IPA, Nelson Rye-IPA, Pure Hoppiness and Bad Boy. The food menu is not set yet, but O’Brien’s manager and resident gourmet Tyson Blake will be in charge of the pairings. Cost is $45 (cash only please) and you can sign up at O’Brien’s – 4646 Convoy St. Seating is limited and this event is expected to sell out in advance. You must sign up at O’Brien’s to secure a seat. The week after the tasting, May 2nd to 6th will be Alpine week at O’Brien’s featuring 4-5 handles of Alpine Ales all week long.
We’re experiencing an unfortunate, yet frequent, situation at our pub that needs mentioning. Our tiny pub seats 38 people. Our kitchen is the size of a phone booth, remember those? Large groups can’t be accommodated. We have 3 tables, if they’re empty, we can push together that can seat 12, no more. Groups larger than 12 can’t sit together, really. Add to the fact we’re busy most of the time and you can see a recipe for disappointment. I mention the small kitchen because plating a number of orders requires room for the plates, there isn’t enough room for that many at once. We love you all and want you to be happy, we’re sad when we can’t make it a warm fuzzy place in the world for you. When the patio officially opens, we won’t be allowing food outside. The Health Department must approve any such move and our kitchen just can’t take on the added seats. Drinking on the patio is allowed and the official opening shouldn’t be long, we still needs some handrails and steps and then we’re good to go, just in time for warmer weather.
As a safety tip, don’t play with: nuclear bombs, cobras, duct tape or measles. Keep: your shirt on, the peace and off the grass. Keep it real.