11 Apr flight tasting: Alpine Beer Co
Full disclosure, I’ve loved Alpine beer for a long time. I used to produce a show called Crafty with Aaron and Grant, and we tried multiple times to get them to do an episode starting in 2012, but they weren’t having it. Probably because we were huge noobs back then who didn’t know anything about beer. But I’ve always held the brewery in very high regard, and when we were developing What’s On Draft, one of my goals was always to feature Alpine. When I ran into Bobby Matthews at the San Diego Beer Week Brewer’s Guild VIP dinner last November (2015), I mentioned the new show to him and he immediately said “we’ll make it happen”. A month later, despite my original camera operators bailing on me, I showed up at Alpine’s new restaurant and did a flight tasting with Bobby. (thanks to Megan Royal of Acoustic and my audio mixer friend William Kreth for saving the day camera-wise.)
I was given full access to shoot whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted, and I went back on multiple occasions to get b-roll of brewing, kegging, mashing out, and even some bottling at the Green Flash location in Mira Mesa. Scott and all the supporting staff were very friendly and accommodating, and I even got to stir the mash on a batch at 6am. Good times!? The point is, I consider Alpine to be one of the best, if not the very best brewery in San Diego and I wanted this episode to reflect that. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did, and learn a little more about one of San Diego’s true brewery gems. Cheers!