If you followed my 50 things to do in San Mateo county you might already know where the internet begun – at least in this area.
A plaque at the entrance of the Alpine Inn in Portola Valley reads: “On August 27th, 1976, a scientist from SRI International celebrated the successful completion of tests by sending an electronic message from a computer set up at a picnic table behind the Alpine Inn. The message was sent via a radio network to SRI and on through a second network, the ARPANET, to Boston. This event marked the beginning of the Internet Age.”
Founded in 1852, the Alpine Inn is the second longest continuously running tavern in California. In May of 1969 it was registered as a historic landmark (#825). Just recently Zott’s, as it is known by locals, reopened after extensive renovations by the new owners.
The Alpine Inn is a jovial beer garden. They still have hot dogs and burgers on the menu, but we enjoyed the woodfired pizza and the charcuterie board. Afterwards we played a game of cornhole (bags can be borrowed from the bar).
Currently they are open from 5 pm to 10 pm, but plan on having lunch hours soon.
The Alpine Inn is by far my favorite beer garden in Silicon Valley. Do you have a favorite beer garden?
The Sunol bar Bosco’s Bones & Brew also has an interesting history.