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The Scoop: Alpha Brewing Company opens today

April 10th 02:04pm, 2013

Add one more name to the growing list of local breweries now in operation. Alpha Brewing Co., located downtown at 1409 Washington Ave., opens its doors today at 3 p.m. The primary face behind Alpha is its co-owner and brewer Derrick Langeneckert, whose brewing venture has been in the works since March of last year when he began writing a business plan for the company.

Alpha will debut with eight beers. On tap, thirsty drinkers can find: a storter, which Langeneckert described as lying somewhere between a stout and a porter; a maple storter; a Belgian pale ale; a rye IPA; a blonde ale; an American pale ale; a roasted red ale; and an American IPA. Langeneckert dubs his beers as “aggressive ales.”

“We are trying to appeal to the crowd that wants craft beer,” he said. “We are trying to think outside the box.” As examples, he cited the Alpha red ale as have a stronger roasted taste than other red ales; he also described the American IPA as “super hoppy.” This AIPA is named Simcoe Simcoe, after the hops that are used to brew it.

Besides the eight Alpha beers, the brewpub also has two guest taps, which currently hold Schlafly Hefeweizen and Schlafly  Kölsch.

The brewpub plans to offer a small menu of snacks, such as a meat and cheese plate featuring locally made products. However, Alpha also has an open food policy, welcoming guests to bring their own food or to order carry-out from other restaurants.

The 50-seat brewpub has a 14-seat bar, a community table, a smattering of four-top tables and a soft seating area. Langeneckert added that patio furniture would be arriving soon, enabling outdoor seating for an additional 30 people.

Doors open today at 3 p.m. Although Alpha has an address on Washington Avenue, the entrance is located on the north side of the building on Lucas Avenue. Alpha’s regular hours of operation are: Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 1 a.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 1 a.m.

By Ligaya Figueras

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