Liar’s Club – Alpine, CA

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.

                    Liar’s Club             C and D at Liar’s Club

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!

C at Anza-Borrego

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?

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Theodore Roosevelt National Park (ND)

We stayed at the funkiest little place last night in Buffalo, SD with a bunch of paleontologists.  Got up early, and headed for a day of birding, hiking and sight-seeing in North Dakota.  It’s beautiful country out here, but really lonely… 

We stopped in Williston, ND and are headed out tomorrow for a morning of birding in Montana before going to Regina, SK(Canada) to try the microbrews at Bushwakkers.

More details as soon as I can keep up!

4th of July: The Prairie and the Party

After filling a few Blind Tiger growlers for the Independence Day party (Pale Ale, ESB and Java Porter), we parted ways with Tim for a bit.  D and I headed south toward Emporium to explore the Flint Hills and tallgrass prairie (bird list is at the end of this post.) A 10,894-acre property with Kansas limestone buildings from the early 1800’s is now operated by the National Park Service and The Nature Conservancy as Tallgrass Prairie Preserve.  The barn houses a display area, and the house has a nice gift shop.  You can also visit the 3-seater outhouse and the summer kitchen.   

But most fun was walking the trail through the tallgrass prairie (okay, most fun might have been the bus tour out to the prairie – there are 20 miles of roads and trails to explore – but I neede the exercise.) The loop trail took us across the prairie, through the woods to an old schoolhouse, then back to the house by way of one of the hills.  It was great to see the rolling nature of these Flint Hills – contrary to the popular belief that
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