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#088: A Family’s Pursuit of Hoppiness – Alpine Beer Co

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Shawn McIlhenney – Alpine Beer Co – @AlpineBeerCo – Alpine, CA

Podcast recorded live above the butcher shop at Valley Farm Market in Spring Valley, California.

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Summary

  • Shawn McIlhenney is the head brewer at Alpine Beer Co; known as “The Home of Pure Hoppiness” it’s located 30 miles east of downtown San Diego.
  • Opening in 1999, Alpine Beer Co’s trend setting approach to craft brewing has earned them many awards on their range of offerings from IPAs to small batch sours.
  • Being the first brewery to have the Nelson hop; Shawn shares how his parents Pat & Val discovered the hop while on vacation in New Zealand.
  • How Shawn strives to brew every style of beer and the ways he keeps the beer lineup innovative.
  • The growth of the craft beer community in San Diego and how it has become more competitive now that there are over 150 breweries.

Links Mentioned in this Episode:

Alpine Beer Co.

Website – http://alpinebeerco.com

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pg/alpinebeercompany/

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/alpinebeerco/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/alpinebeerco

Mentions

World Beer Cup – https://www.worldbeercup.org/

New Zealand Hops Limited – https://www.nzhops.co.nz/

Council Brewing – http://www.councilbrew.com/

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Shareable Quotes:

  • “It’s not always right and wrong, it’s just who you are and what works.” {2:01} – Derek Marso
  • “The intention was to supply beer to the community of Alpine.” {8:02} – Shawn McIlhenney
  • “I don’t want to stop brewing beer until I have brewed every style.” {22:18} – Shawn McIlhenney
  • “Our brewery, in particular, is more trend setting rather than trend following. We just try to keep making beers that are interesting to the consumer and interesting to us.” {25:30} – Shawn McIlhenney
  • “Our motto has always been the beer will tell us when it’s ready. We don’t force anything.” {41:37} – Shawn McIlhenney

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Valley Farm Market

Twitter – https://twitter.com/valleyfarmarket

Website – https://valleyfarmmarkets.com/

Email – derek@valleyfarmmarkets.com

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Cali Comfort BBQ

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Email – shawn@calicomfortbbq.com

Shawn P. Walchef on LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/shawnpwalchef/

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