SAN ANTONIO -- Alamo Beer Company was founded in 1997 by Eugene Simor. He started producing Alamo Golden Ale in 2003, and now he's set to open San Antonio's largest craft brewery.
He says the brewery will eventually employ 40 people and produce 40,000 barrels of beer within its first six years.
"After years of planning and community dialogue, I am excited to finally begin the process of building a brewery in the Alamo City," Simor said. "This project is not only important to economic development near the east side, (but) it marks the return of production brewing to downtown San Antonio. Additionally, it will provide a great destination for locals and visitors to our city."
District 2 Councilwoman Ivy Taylor attended the groundbreaking ceremony Friday and joked that while she is not a beer drinker, she will have a beer when the brewery opens.
"We are so excited that this investment is being made in east San Antonio," Taylor said. "Not only does the Alamo craft brewery bring additional employment opportunities to residents, but it will spur economic development in the area. We look forward to welcoming Alamo Beer Company to the community."
The Dignowity Hills Neighborhood Association has supported the effort from day one.
"The building of Alamo Brewery represents a great step forward for the near east side, our historic neighborhood and the city," said Juan Garcia, president of the association.