Scott Ball / Rivard Report
Details matter, at least in the eyes of Alamo Beer Company President Eugene Simor. His 18,000 square foot brewery is nearly complete with the official ribbon cutting coming up on Dec. 5.
It’s been a long journey for the Eastside brewery. A small group of vocal community activists strongly opposed the brewery’s construction so close to the historic Hays Street Bridge. Most, however, have welcomed the brewery’s investment in the neighborhood.
The three-building facility includes a large beer hall for events and for kicking back the delicious ale made just 50 yards away in the brew house – the biggest of the three – and an office building with a conference room and generously sized public restrooms, including a shared family restroom. It’s the small things like the trees that line the beer garden that will only grow so high so the view of the brewery from the popular Hays Street Bridge won’t be obscured. An outside serving window will be located at the beer hall so you won’t have to walk as far to grab a pint of your favorite local brew.
My favorite of these subtle details is the beer hall’s bar. The long table top is made of salvaged wood from the Hays Street Bridge and recycled bridge steel for bar stools.
The brew house, the heart of the facility, was also the one location I wasn’t really allowed to photograph.
Brewmaster James Hudec wants all equipment to be in perfect shape before it is photographed. Regular tours will be a part of this brewery’s operation so you will have a chance to see it for yourself. With plenty of bicycle racks for employees and customers, plus a planned San Antonio B-Cycle station off Cherry Street, lots of options exist for an easy visit to the brewery by bike. Imported German beer tables and an array of 64 solar panels shaped in the form of the historic Alamo itself are two more reasons to be excited.
The brewery currently has seven employees, which will grow to 30 or 40 in five to seven years.
If you live in San Antonio, chances are you’ve at least tried an Alamo Golden Ale, the refreshing brew Alamo Beer Company has hung its proverbial hat on for years. That ale is being produced at Real Ale Brewing, just north of San Antonio in Blanco, Texas. Other beers such as a German pale ale, a Pilsner, an amber lager, and seasonal ales – only available to visitors of the brewery – will also be available.
Production starts in December, and shipping should start in January. Simor expects to deliver 6,000 barrels in the first year. I hope you’re thirsty San Antonio, I know I am.
*Set/featured image: Alamo Beer President Eugene Simor poses for a photo in front of the popular Hays Street Bridge and construction of the Alamo Beer Company brewery. Photo by Scott Ball.