American pale ale
Alpine Beer Co. was founded in California in 1999 by contracting with Alesmith Brewing Co. for its award-winning McIlhenney's Irish Red.In 2002, the family owned and operated brewing operation opened for its own in tiny Alpine, Calif. and eventually increased production to 1,500 barrels a year, enough to keep Californians happy, but no where near enough to distribute its awesome brews outside of the state. This all changed in November 2014, when a "handshake" agreement was forged with Green Flash Brewing. Production would more than double to over 3,000 barrels, and using Green Flash's capital and brewing facilities, the awesomely hoppy Duet, Nelson and Hoppy Birthday would now be bottled in Green Flash bottles, and distributed all the way to the east coast.
Every craft brewer has a sense of adventure and creativity that fuels the constant obsession with brewing new beers. Without it they would not be a craft brewer. Like many breweries around the country Odell in Fort Collins, Colo. feeds that creativity by experimenting with small batch beers that include a variety of different brewing techniques, recipes and ingredients. Most of these one off creations are released in the tasting room for locals to enjoy but rarely make it outside of the brewery.
3 Floyds is one of the many limited-distribution breweries around the country with a rabid cult following, in this case originally driven largely by the one-day-a-year release of its Russian imperial stout, Dark Lord. However, there is another beer that many people might consider to have really put 3 Floyds on the map, and in a way it upstaged even the coveted Dark Lord upon its initial bottling release.