Always looking for a challenge, Pat apprenticed at a local brewery. He got some hands-on experience, and valuable knowledge. A stroke of good luck gave him the opportunity to purchase a brewing system from a local brewpub. The same system launched the careers of many local brewers. In November of 1999, Alpine Beer Company started contracting “McIlhenney’s Irish Red”, from AleSmith Brewing Company. Very quickly after that, Mandarin Nectar and Pure Hoppiness were released.
After about nine months of extremely hard work, Pat opened Alpine Beer Company right in the middle of his home town. Just in the nick of time, too, because the AleSmith-to-Alpine commute was killing him. There are approximately eight to ten beers on tap at the brewery. These are available for purchase on site in growlers and small samples for tasting. Because of the small size of the operation, demand can exceed supply at times. We have nine flavors made regularly and seasonal specials that come and go. The brewery went through an expansion starting in late 2008 and became operational in mid 2009. Four double sized fermentors were installed in an old garage behind the current brewery. A cold box was erected adjacent to the garage and a bottling machine with a nice labeler are housed there too. There is a small barrel shed on the shady, north side of the garage.