San Antonio’s Alamo Beer Co. has brought in a new brewmaster with a flavorful history and international experience to run its newest brewery expansion. This week, the company announced the addition of James Hudec as brewmaster for its new San Antonio micro-brewery, opening the fall of 2014. Hudec, whose brewing training began in Nuremberg, Germany, has extensive experience and has held similar positions at Fort Worth based Rahr & Sons Brewing Co., New Orleans’ Crescent City Brewhouse in the French Quarter and more recently, with Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurants. He becomes the third member of the executive team and joins founder and CEO Eugene Simor and COO Jim Walter, formerly of Pabst Brewing Co.
“As we build our new facility, it’s important that we look to a brewing veteran like James to lead our production,” Simor stated. “At the opening of the brewery, we will be producing our popular Alamo Golden Ale and anticipate the roll out of a lager and a seasonal.”
The new 18,000-square foot microbrewery will open with the capacity to brew 20,000 barrels (bbls) and can expand to 40,000 bbls.
Hudec will be responsible for managing production, product formulation, scheduling and quality control for the new brewery. He has also undertaken the task of designing and managing the construction of Alamo Beer Co.’s brewing equipment.
Alamo Golden Ale began distributing throughout San Antonio in 2003. Currently brewed in Blanco, Texas, the local craft beer has expanded distribution into other markets in the state of Texas. Alamo Beer Co. will begin construction of a multi-million dollar brewery in December. Estimated completion date is October of 2014. The new brewery will be located half a mile from the historic Alamo and will boast a full production line, beer hall and beer garden. Tours will be available to the general public. We’ll keep you updated.