Alpine Beer Company Hoppy Birthday, a 5.25% ABV Session IPA
|Appearance||Clear, golden, tons of bubbles; fluffy white head.|
|Aroma||Sweet malt, bright grapefruit and pine hop notes.|
|Taste||Sweet malt up front followed by tropical and citrus fruit hop notes.|
|Mouthfeel||Medium-bodied; moderate carbonation.|
|Overall||Complex, yet easy to drink.|
Alpine Beer Company was founded in 1999 by Pat and Val McIlhenney as a small brewery with humble aspirations.
In the beginning, Alpine contracted with AleSmith Brewing Company for their award winning McIlhenny’s Irish Red.
In the fall of 2002, Alpine opened their family owned brewery in their hometown of Alpine, California in the eastern part of San Diego County. Alpine’s pub opened in 2010 at the opposite end of the same building. In June 2015, the pub moved to the Alpine Creek Shopping Center.
In 2014, Alpine Beer Company and Green Flash Brewing Company announced a partnership. The official agreement was signed in November 2014, and the two breweries called the relationship “mutually beneficial.”
Each brewery continues to operate independently with two distinct brands. Pat McIlhenney continues to work as Alpine’s President and Brewmaster, and Alpine beers are brewed at both the Alpine and Green Flash brewery locations.
Green Flash began brewing Alpine beers in November 2013 after a “handshake agreement,” allowing Alpine to expanded availability of their beers. Alpine’s brewery is capable of producing only 1,500 barrels annually, and most of that beer is served at Alpine’s pub. With the partnership, Alpine was able to double their production to 3,000 barrels in 2014.
Thanks to this partnership, beers like Hoppy Birthday are now available in bottles. When you are ready to celebrate your birthday, this Session IPA is a gift to the senses. Made with 6 different hops, this bold brew is refreshing enough to enjoy again and again.