Following its acquisition by Green Flash nearly a year ago, California’s Alpine Beer Co. will begin limited distribution in South Carolina starting this week.
In November 2014, San Diego-based Green Flash Brewing Co. announced it had reached a mutual agreement with Alpine that would allow the neighboring California brewery to brew select beers at Green Flash facilities will maintaining independence and full oversight of production. This would allow Alpine – a highly hyped West Coast brewery – to increase its production significantly while still maintaining the integrity of its product while distribution was expanded beyond California.
Because of that increased production, the thought was it would be a matter of when, not if Alpine would eventually reach the Palmetto State. As of this week, Alpine will be hitting tap lines in the state, but only in limited quantities at a handful of locations.
The Charleston Beer Exchange announced Monday it will be one of the first locations to tap Alpine. Growlers of Duet, Alpine’s 7% year-round IPA, will be filled at the shop Tuesday, Aug. 25. Alpine will remain draft-only for the foreseeable future but bottles are expected to eventually be a part of the distribution.
Update: CBX’s Upstate brother, the Greenville Beer Exchange, has already tapped a keg of Nelson IPA.