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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

First Look: Alpha Brewing Company Opens on Washington Avenue

Posted By on Wed, Apr 17, 2013 at 6:00 AM

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Patrons sit at the bar at Alpha Brewing Company. - CAILLIN MURRAY
  • Caillin Murray
  • Patrons sit at the bar at Alpha Brewing Company.

Alpha's beer list, while small, has a decent range. There's an obvious preference for pale ales and IPAs, but there's a red ale and a blonde ale for those faint of hop-heart, and Langeneckert has a wheat ale in the works for summer sippers looking for something light and refreshing. Alpha's pale ales are clearly Langeneckert's babies, and Gut Check tried the Simcoe Simcoe IPA ($6) and was not disappointed. Fruity and hoppy, it had strong notes of grapefruit that would make it the perfect replacement for a morning cup of orange juice...if day drinking is on the docket.

Langeneckert pours a beer for a customer. - CAILLIN MURRAY
  • Caillin Murray
  • Langeneckert pours a beer for a customer.

Tired of all these pale beers? On the menu are two "storter" beers, a term Langeneckert humorously came up with in response to the Irish stout/English porter argument. "The English and the Irish, they hate each other and they have for 1,000 years," he jokes. "They both make this beer that's dark and roasty, and they call it different names." So he has cut the nonsense and compromised by calling his heavier, dark beers "storters." Gut Check tried the Alpha Storter ($5) and found it sweet and strongly malty.

Alpha has ten taps, but two of Langeneckert's brews haven't made there yet. So in the meantime, he's put in a Schlafly Hefeweizen and Kolsch as guest taps until his American Wheat ale and Rye pale are ready to make their debut.

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