An Interview With Steve

If you’re reading this, you probably know Steve Altimari is President and Brewmaster of High Water Brewing. But do you know how he got here, who inspired him or whether he’s a dog or cat guy? Thanks to the folks over at Five Hundred Stories and their interview with Steve, we can share all this and more right here. Cheers!

 

After a 12-year career in the Silicon Valley tech world, Steve decided on a career change and attended the American Brewers Guild in Davis. He then took the helm as brewmaster at Valley Brewing Company until June 2010, including ownership during 1996 and 1997. Leveraging this successful brewing career, Steve embarked on the formation of High Water Brewing, with final licensing and production commencing in March 2011.  “High Water” being a playful interpretation of Altimari from Italian, “Alta” meaning High and “Mare” meaning Sea or Water.

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High Water and Tavour

Imagine a 5 year old child’s face on Christmas morning. Pure ecstasy, nearly foaming at the mouth with excitement and possibly requiring parental guidance on the urge to tear all the wrapping paper off their bounty without blinking. If you’ve ever received a box of beer at your front door you know that as a beer loving adult, the reaction is the same, likely without parents to keep you in line. This is basically what Tavour, who we are thrilled to be partnered with, does. Deliver lovely boxes of High Water and other fine brews to your doorstep.

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High Water and Hopsy

We’re stoked to announce our partnership with Hopsy, the Bay Area beer enthusiasts that have created a business to bring fresh High Water, and other local beer, to the doorsteps of our fans. Our brews are live on Hopsy so be sure to go check it out here!

As all beer lovers know, it’s hard to beat a fresh, cold draft beer. Certainly a Campfire Stout on tap at the pub is ideal but sometimes you want the same thing at home. Until recently, you’ve had 2 real options to make this happen. 1) Buy a keg. Which you won’t hear us complaining about but it’s certainly not for everyone. 2) Fill up a growler. We love growlers as much as the next person but are left impressed with how Hopsy has improved them. They’ve got two ways to bring fresh High Water beer to your home.

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Barrel Aged Campfire Stout Release

barrel aged campfire stoutBarrel aged Campfire Stout is here! Aged for 9 months in Heaven Hill, Wild Turkey and Four Roses bourbon barrels, it was blended just a couple weeks ago. Now it’s bottled, kegged and ready to be enjoyed. There will be a very limited supply of this beer so we are having a series of release parties to give as many people as possible a chance to get their hands on it.

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Great American Beer Festival 2016

The Great American Beer Festival is nigh upon us and we couldn’t be more excited! 3 days, 800 breweries and 3,800 beers plus of course the competition. For all of us beer crazies, it doesn’t get much better. We’ll be in booth O26 and since you’ll surely have to prioritize where you spend your GABF time, here are a couple reasons to stop by.

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Mile High Club

Something new this year is our very own GABF Mile High Club. We’ll have a limited supply of these merit badges so make sure to get to the booth early and join the club..

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The CAlambic Series

2010 Napa vintage BarrelsAs we put the finishing touches on our CAlambic series with our upcoming Montmorency cherry brew, we wanted to share some background on how we got here. Sours are a big part of High Water and there’s some history behind it.

Going back to the 90’s, Brewmaster Steve was experimenting with sour barrel beers thanks to his love of Cantillon and Drie Fonteinen. Not everyone is a fan of the hop bitterness that comes with the all-popular IPA style and as Steve points out, the sour taste profile pairs nicely with a variety of food. It’s also refreshing thanks to all the fresh fruit used. He and his wife, Barri, First Lady and Flavorologist of High Water are longtime fans of sour beers and have stayed on the leading edge of innovation with this style.

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National S’mores Day

NATIONAL S'MORES DAYNational S’mores Day is officially August 10th but here at High Water, we’ll be celebrating the whole month of August with all sorts of Campfire Stout fun! If you haven’t tried our flagship stout, our motto is “Leaves you wanting S’more”. It’s been described as “liquid s’mores” or “s’mores in a bottle”. Is it brewed with graham crackers, roasted marshmallows and chocolate? It certainly tastes that way! Here in Northern California, August means camping. And remember, like any campfire experience, Campfire Stout is best shared with a warm circle of family and friends. And while you’re at it, check out some of ways to get involved with us here at High Water.

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Award Winning Summer

WCIThe summer, thus far, has been tremendous for High Water in our craft beer competition entries. We have several awards at 2 major California based competitions.

At the 2016 West Coast Invitational Commercial Craft Beer CompetitionAphotic, our Imperial Porter took 3rd in the Mild, Porters and Stouts category. Cucumber Kolsch, a new summer release, took 2nd in the Specialty Beers category. And Stella Blue, a new offering in our CAlambic series, took 1st in the Wheat/Saison/Belgian/Sour category as well as 2nd in the overall Best of Show group!

The Commercial Craft Beer Competition is part of the larger West Coast Invitational beer festival. Limited to West Coast breweries, it is one of the last remaining fully sanctioned craft brewer competitions. This year, there were over 160 beers entered and judged for 10 distinct categories and the Best of Show award. Hosted at Sactown Union Brewery, the judging was done with a triple blind tasting process meaning the judges had no idea what brand of beer was being tasted in each category.

CA State FairAnd at the 2016 Best of California Commercial Craft Brew Competition, which is part of the California State Fair, Campfire Stout took 1st in the Specialty Beers category and Stella Blue also took 1st in the Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer category!

In this competition, California craft brews are professionally judged in order to recognize the best commercially brewed beers in California.

All in all, a tremendous start to the summer and the whole crew at High Water is honored to be rewarded for producing beers that push the traditional style boundaries and focus on the unique flavors we love to create. Cheers!

Win Tickets To The San Diego International Beer Festival

SD Beerfest Ticket ImageThis weekend, we’re excited to be part of the San Diego International Beer Festival! There are 5 sessions, hundreds of beers to sample and of course, a lovely souvenir glass to get all that tasting done. We’ll be one of almost 200 breweries from around the globe. And the requisite beer gear, food pairings and all manner of games and contests will be taking place. One other cool feature of getting a ticket to this epic event is that it includes admission to the San Diego County Fair which is apparently the largest in all the land!

Soooo, with that said, we’re stoked to announce we have tickets to this beer bonanza to give away! And not only are these General Admission tickets giving you all the radness outlined above, these will be Double Secret Probation High Water passes. That’s right, you get be part of our crew for the day. Unfortunately, we can’t let you pour the beer but you can hang with us at the booth and tell everyone you know us. Boom!

How to win such a glorious prize? Go find us on the Craft Nation app and start earning points in the High Water Loyalty Program! You only need 250 points to win a pair of tickets for you and a friend. Here’s how it works….

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  • Download the Craft Nation app in the Apple or Google store using the links above
  • Open it up and click Loyalty Programs
  • Select the High Water Brewing loyalty section
  • Click Missions at the bottom and start earning points!

Each mission is worth a certain amount of points that you’ll see as you explore. We’ve created some San Diego specific missions that you’ll see in there. Here’s how they work:

High Water in San Diego mission

For this mission, all you have to do is go to one of the locations listed, order a High Water draft beer and take a photo with it from the Craft Nation app. To do so:

  • Click “Fulfill This Mission” at the bottom of the screen
  • Snap a photo of you and your lovely brew
  • Click Save and then Share
  • Choose to share via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and then tag your post with the location you’re visiting, add #HighWaterSD and @HighWaterBrewing on Instagram & Facebook or @HighWaterBrew on Twitter. Cheers!

Here’s a list of where you can find our beer on tap in San Diego

Stella Blue in San Diego mission

Stella Blue is our latest sour from our CAlambic series and is just hitting shelves in San Diego. It’ll be on the scarce side, so think of it as a scavenger hunt! Find a bottle of Stella Blue, take a photo with it and share it using the same process as above.

Both of these missions earn you 100 points and you only need 250 to win the tickets! For some more ideas on earning more points, try these:

10 Points Scan a High Water beer, rate it, wishlist it, favorite it or share your rating online
50 Points Scan a High Water sticker or coaster
100 Points Share a selfie with Brewmaster Steve
250 Points Scan a High Water metal tacker
500 Points Scan the High Water neon sign

Check out our Craft Nation page for more details on using the app. Cheers!