This morning we got up and did a little last-minute shopping before heading for the desert. Because we got out of town so late, we had an opportunity to stop for brunch in Alpine at the Alpine Inn.
It is a funky little place – dark inside, and made me think it’s where the old people go – but we really enjoyed our “Sunday Country Brunch”. For $12.95, we had a choice of one of many menu items. D had the huevos rancheros, which came with rice, beans and hash browns. I had the seafood omelette with the tomatoes substituted for the potatoes. All brunch meals come with biscuits and gravy, and handmade Bloody Mary’s on the house. Pretty good food, and very interesting place.
Heading toward the highway, we decided to check on the Liar’s Club (located at 2806 Alpine Blvd, Alpine, CA 91901) - did they open last night? Are they open now?
The answers were Yes, and Yes! It was 11 AM, and they were just opening for the first full day of business. What a great time we had there, too. There were 32 active taps, and a few in reserve, as well as a large bottle selection. They offered 10-oz glasses and pints, and the selection was terrific! We had a few things from the taps:
AleSmith Speedway Stout (awesome!!)
San Diego Brewing Co. Chocolate Porter (on nitrogen with a Hershey Bar tap handle)
Fox Barrel Cassis Cider (yummy!!)
New Belgium La Folie
Rubicon Wheat Wine
We really enjoyed the people, too. Pete, our bartender who moved with the business, and Heidi, a bartender in training, were great with us and all of the incoming customers, and we met Louis Mello, the owner, and a guy who I suspect may be Al Guerra, the new business partner. Despite the first day hectic feeling, they were all very willing to share information about the place, the beers, and the beer scene.
I know I’m not “from here”, but I can say with conviction that this is a great beer bar and so very worth the beautiful drive from the city. The selection is amazing – anything you could want (except a macro) – and the food looked great. It will get louder once televisions are installed, but otherwise, it’s got everything going right for it. Oh – and best bathrooms of the trip! The ladies room was really pretty, with a feminine selection of hand soaps and lotions. Hooray for a beer bar with a beautiful head!
I’ve got some photos of the new place, and perhaps I’ll get some links and/or descriptions up later, but after a day in the desert (Anza-Borrego), and a long drive back to La Quinta, I’ve got to get to bed.
Congratulations on your opening, [New] Liar’s Club – we hope you are still around on our next visit! BTW – anyone have a phone number for this place?