What Would A Good Irish Lad Do?
It’s St. Patrick’s Day, and you just might find a pot of gold at the end of your rainbow at Alpine Beer Company. The pub will be rockin this weekend as we celebrate the most appropriate drinking holiday of all time, but just be aware of the checkpoint in Alpine over the weekend. Everyone is Irish on Saturday.
So we stirred up the media with our announcement of no more growler fills of Expo and had to give 6 interviews. However, the local response has been overwhelmingly in favor of the new practice of short notice and local flair, ID card requirements to follow, kidding. Thank you!
The pub will be emphasizing the Holiday celebration this weekend with a special menu item or two, like Corned Beef. We are Smoking an entire smoker full of specially selected corned beef brisket to showcase and will have the following delicacies to sate your appetite:
Friday Night and Saturday Night:
Corned Beef and Cabbage with whole grain mustard Mandarin Nectar Mashed Potatoes
Soup: Cold Cannon Soup (cabbage and mashed potatoes of course)
For dessert: Mint Chocolate Chip Odin’s Raven Float (Oh My!)
Corned Beef sandwiches with your choice of a side
The beer special this weekend will be Cask “McIlhenney’s Irish Red.” Yes we have not only some super fresh Captain’s Stout but a specially made firkin of our most award winning Red Ale.
So, I mentioned the checkpoint scheduled for Alpine this weekend. It would be prudent to use a designated driver if imbibing and traversing the community. And, as it just so happens, we have a local driver available to get you home from the pub on Saturday night if the opportunity arises. The pub can contact a driver for rides home in Alpine only this Saturday night.
New beers available: Red Card, our hoppy red ale at 6.5% abv. We brew this beer for special soccer tournaments but had a special need this time. The World Beer Cup is happening and we think this beer is worthy of a medal, so we brewed it just so we could enter it. Enjoy it while it lasts for growler fills, pints and pitchers.
Bottles of Chez Monieux are still in stock, and will be back on tap after we run out of a special guest beer “La Folie,” from New Belgium brewing. Bottling of a second pallet of Chez Monieux starts next week.
Speaking of New Belgium, the beer we collaborated on, Gouden Vallei, Flemish for Golden Valley, has been bottled and the release will coincide with label approval which usually takes about three weeks. Look for it on draught at the pub well before then. Gouden Vallei is a 7.29% abv Belgian Pale Ale that’s dryhopped like an IPA and spiced with pink peppercorns. If you’re like me, you don’t know anything about pink peppercorns. First of all they are not spicy hot; they are sweet with a nice herbal flavor and aroma. They made a fantastic complement to the flavor and aroma of this monastically inspired brew. The rest of the story, which may be the only time anyone learns about how this all came about, goes something like this: New Belgium Brewing contact us some time ago about needing some Nelson Sauvin hops for a beer they were making. We had some to offer and had a need for some Citra hops, so a trade was initiated that helped both of us. That started the relationship and progressed to the point that Jamie Mastin, the first employee of New Belgium, visited our humble brewery to inquire into the possibility of a collaboration beer or two. We worked out a deal where he and Peter Bouckaert, the master brewer, would come out and brew a Belgian inspired beer at our brewery that was similar to Orval, Peter’s favorite beer. The pink peppercorns were an added twist much like a Belgian trait, innovation based on tradition. And, in reciprocal fashion we will be going to Fort Collins to brew a massive double IPA, spiked with Brett. The concept is still in the planning stage but our slant is toward creating “The Anti-hero of Double IPAs” called “Lex Lupulin,” destroying pallets with hoppy goodness wherever he goes. Or something like that, at least I got the name out there so no one can take it. Their planned release is for the Great American Beer Festival in early September with national distribution. The batch size will almost equal our annual production. Love those guys.
The basics for review: Brewery hours Noon to 6 pm Tues – Sat for bottles, growlers and merchandise. The Pub hours 11 am to 10 pm Tues – Thurs, Fri – Sat 11 am to Midnight, Sun Noon to 9 pm. (619)445-BEER (2337) Large groups of 12 or more won’t fit in our little pub. We love dogs but can’t allow them. Unattended children will be given espresso and a gopher. Dirt/Mud parking in full affect, wear appropriate footwear. Peace!