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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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Langeneckert chats with bar patrons. - CAILLIN MURRAY
  • Caillin Murray
  • Langeneckert chats with bar patrons.

Starting this past Saturday, April 13, Alpha has started holding brewery tours. For $20, Langeneckert's fiancée will take you on an hourlong tour of the brewery on Saturday at 1 p.m. Tour participants will get a flight sampler of all of Alpha's brews.

Alpha's artisan taps. - CAILLIN MURRAY
  • Caillin Murray
  • Alpha's artisan taps.

Langeneckert, 26, describes himself as a "noob" in the brewing world. He started off home brewing, and then got a gig working under John Witte at Square One Brewery. Emboldened by his experience at Square One, Langeneckert decided to go ahead and make the leap to start his own brewery. And he was certainly confident. Cocky, even. Alpha's website touted its beer as being "only the bestest, hoppiest, strongest, sourest, oddest, most maverickest of beers" before the place even opened.

Langeneckert's brewery journey was not certainly without help, though, with Schlafly offering its assistance to Alpha with the acquisition of necessary licenses as well as ingredients for the beer. Langeneckert says he didn't expect the bigger brewery to be so accommodating, but sees Alpha and Schafly as brothers-in-arms of sorts, in the battle against big-name domestic beers. "As soon as you can switch them over from getting a case of Bud Light for a party to picking up a case of Arrogant Bastard or Schlafly Dry-Hopped APA, then we won. That's it."

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