San Antonio’s near east side neighborhood, Dignowity Hill, typically overshadowed by The Pearl, Blue Star, or the Broadway corridor in the conversation of urban revival, has been quietly seeing an influx in new homeowners renovating properties, and the start of a new chapter for the historic neighborhood. A crucial part of that chapter is Alamo Beer Company’s new brewery, which has broken ground in Dignowity Hill next to the historic Hay’s Street Bridge.
The Hay’s Street Bridge was built in 1910 to allow for the railroad to expand its tracks. It was constructed by re-using a 130 ft Pratt truss and a 225 ft Whipple truss, both manufactured in 1881, both having been previously used to span the Nueces River. The bridge was deemed structurally insufficient for traffic in the 1980’s and in the 1990’s Douglas Steadman, P.E. lobbied for the bridge to be placed on the list of Historic Civil Engineering Landmarks of Texas, which it was in 2001. The bridge has since been converted to a pedestrian and bike bridge with one of kind views of downtown San Antonio.
The brewery will bring Alamo Beer Co. within a mile of its namesake and back to San Antonio where Lone Star Brewery originally brewed Alamo beer in 1884 until prohibition. The brewery will be 18,000 sqft and allow the company to increase production to 6,000 barrels annually. Alamo Golden Ale is currently produced in Blanco, at the Real Ale Brewery. The brewery will feature a fully operational brewery and will host tours, tastings, a beer garden, and a variety of outdoor activities. The company’s long-term plans are to increase production to 41,000 barrels annually, offer seasonal brews, and to increase staff to 30-40 people in the next 5-7 years.
Lake Flato and Guido Construction have designed and are building the $8 million brewery, which is expected to open in October 2014.