High Water Brewing Announces Its First Bottle Release

Already available on tap in select pubs and restaurants, High Water Brewing goes retail with the bottling of its initial product offerings Hop Riot IPA and RetribÜtion Imperial IPA.

San Leandro, CA – High Water Brewing is excited to announce the release of its hoppy libations in bottles, allowing beer consumers to take these 22 oz. packages of “liquid hops” home with them.

The brewing company is celebrating the occasion with an open-to-the-public release party at City Beer Store in San Francisco on Friday May 20, 2011. Beginning at 4:00 PM, customers can, in the words of City Beer proprietors, Craig and Beth, “sip, sip, sip!” The bottled beers will be available for purchase at the event.

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Leveraging his successful 15 year brewing career, Brewmaster Steve Altimari has partnered with John Anthony, another seasoned veteran of the craft brewing industry, to start their own California Bay Area venture, High Water Brewing.

Inspired by the most creative brewing practices and styles across the world, Steve and John’s love of beer and unbridled passion for all things flavorful have led to a line of products that represent the very best of the best. Together they have combined their visions of creating unique, flavorful beers and distributing them to as many people as possible.

Partnering with award-winning Drake’s Brewing Company, Steve crafts High Water beers at Drake’s Brewhouse in San Leandro, CA.

About High Water Brewing: Based in San Leandro, CA, High Water Brewing is a corporation with principals Steve Altimari, John Anthony, Lane Anthony, Kevin Sweeney and Davin Abrahamian serving as company officers and on the board of directors. In order to meet the future demand for product, capital is being raised for a new manufacturing venture; the company web site has details on the most recent stock offering.

First Label Approval with Hop Riot IPA

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New batch o’ labels…an extended non-fooling April Fools edition.

High Water Brewing: Steve Altimari’s new brewery gets its first approval with Hop Riot IPA. The brewery will put out beers in 22 oz. bottles. Altimari was previously with Valley Brewing. Note the use of a QR code.

High Water Brewing enjoys successful product launch in SF Bay Area and beyond

Riding on the buzz generated at the Craft Brewers Conference in San Francisco, High Water Brewing experiences hot demand for its initial product offerings.

San Leandro, CA, March 30, 2011 — High Water Brewing launched its initial draft beer offerings at some of the most revered craft beer establishments in the San Francisco Bay Area. “The response has been enthusiastic to say the least,” says John Anthony, CEO and top sales exec at High Water. Anthony added, “We sold out our first batches of Retribution Imperial IPA and Hop Riot IPA faster than anticipated.”

During the Craft Brewers Conference, High Water presented both styles of beer to craft beer industry professionals and fans from around the world. “At this point we have requests to fill orders from not only establishments in our own Northern California backyard, but also from Southern California and as far away as New York,” according to Anthony.
To help keep up with demand, High Water Brewing has purchased and installed two new 30 BBL fermentors at Drakes Brewing Company in San Leandro. Cooperage (100 kegs) has also been purchased and put into service along with a “cold box” for the High Water distribution and storage warehouse, located adjacent to Drakes. In addition, a new delivery van is already making the rounds for High Water Distributing, a subsidiary of High Water Brewing.

Steve Altimari, President and Brewmaster, recently announced, “Our second batches of Retribution and Hop Riot will be finished soon and what we’re really excited about is that much of this will go into bottles for our bottle release.” He added, “Brandy barrels are arriving as we speak for our barrel aged beer, which will be released later this fall /winter.” Altimari promises to keep everyone informed on the exact date for upcoming High Water Brewing bottle releases.

The company has quickly met a number of its startup benchmarks, a strong indicator for future success. High Water will soon announce a new stock offering on their web site.
About the Company: Based in San Leandro, CA, High Water Brewing is a corporation with principals Steve Altimari, John Anthony, Lane Anthony, Kevin Sweeney and Davin Abrahamian serving as company officers and on the board of directors. In order to meet the future demand for product, capital is being raised for a new manufacturing venture; the company web site has details on the most recent stock offering.

New East Bay brewery: High Water Brewing

Have you ever been to Valley Brewing in Stockton? Me neither, though I used to hear the beers were worth the trip. Good news for us: Valley’s former award-winning brewer, Steve Altimari, has started his own brewery in San Leandro, making his highly-praised beers readily available in the East Bay and San Francisco.

The new brewery, High Water Brewing, brews at Drake’s Brewing in San Leandro and has office space next door. The initial two batches of beer first went on tap in February at a few SF Beer Week events and choosy bars like Monk’s Kettle, Toronado, and Beer Revolution. They were Altimari’s recipes, but while the brand-new High Water company waited for its paperwork to finish up, Drake’s distributed them with names like “Drake’s High Water Hop Riot IPA” to make everything 100% legal. Perhaps you even drank one and assumed it was a Drake’s beer, but at this point, you should be able to simply ask for “High Water.”

The beers

Altimari’s first two beers at his new venture are both IPAs. Hop Riot is a 7.3% west coast IPA finished with Apollo and Citra hops, and you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s a double IPA. Altimari’s actual double IPA, Retribütion Imperial IPA, is 9.5% alcohol, 95 IBUs and “a very hop-centric introduction [to the new brewery],” said Altimari, “but there is nothing wrong with that in today’s beer climate.” Hop Riot and Retribütion will be available in 22 ounce bottles as well as beer bars in mid- to late March.

Not all of High Water’s beers will be IPAs, of course. The third release, Old & In The Way English-style Barley Wine, is being brewed around now and will be aged in brandy barrels for a late fall or early winter release. The High Water crew will brew the barley wine again later to release a non-barrel aged version, and to blend the two together for a third barley wine creation.

And those are just what Altimari called the “standard” High Water beers. There will also be four seasonals this year alone. In late spring, look for a Belgian-style ale with pomegranate and cherry juice. Next, High Water’s third IPA will emerge, fermented with Belgian yeast and maybe “a couple surprise ingredients,” hinted Altimari. The third seasonal will be a Baltic Porter (one version barrel aged, one not) and the final seasonal will be a lightly spiced holiday ale that will be out in time to grace your Thanksgiving table. Looking even further ahead, Altimari is currently growing some wild yeast starters at his house that will be used to produce sour beers we can try in 2012. Yeah, yeah, patience…how long’s that gonna take?

Beer Search Party

Thanks to the Beer Wench for alerting me to this bit of Northern Cali beer news…..

“After a short absence, brewmaster Steve Altimari and John Anthony burst back onto the craft brewing scene with the launch of a new brewery called High Water Brewing and the promise of some “seriously good beers.”

Award-winning brewmaster Steve Altimari has begun production on the flagship product for his new venture, an artisanal craft brewery, High Water Brewing.

The flagship brew – dubbed “Hop Riot IPA” and described as an “American IPA with a definitive ‘Left Coast’ attitude” – will be among the first offerings from High Water Brewing. It will be joined by “Retribution Imperial IPA” and “Old and In the Way Barley Wine”.

“Our goal is to pour High Water’s first beers, Hop Riot and Retribution, at the San Francisco Beer Week’s Gala opener on February 11,” said Altimari.

He promises the initial offerings “will be followed by other innovative and exciting brews.” Beer fans can expect that promise to be fulfilled because creatively brewed beers with playful flavor surprises are hallmarks of Altimari’s style.”

“Altimari will craft High Water beers at Drake’s Brewhouse in San Leandro, CA, and fermentation will occur in High Water tanks at the same location. High Water beers will be available in 5.0 and 15.5 gallon kegs and also bottled in 22 oz bombers.

Building on a relationship that Altimari and the Anthonys have developed over a number of years with that brewery, “Drakes seemed a natural fit for us because each of us has worked with them in one capacity or another, from distribution to collaborative brewing,” said John Anthony. “When Drakes owner John Martin agreed, we were ecstatic.”

HopHead Heaven At Library Alehouse February 14-24

HopHead Heaven Cures Your Case Of Lupulin Threshold Shift February 14 -24

Santa Monica, Ca – Can’t find enough hoppy beer to quench your IBU craving? Fighting a nasty case of Lupulin Threshold Shift? Fear not, Library Alehouse is here to help.

From February 14-24th we’re providing you with 15 rotating taps, covering over 40 beers packed with palate-destroying excellence. But we couldn’t limit ourselves to just IPA’s and DIPA’s alone. We’ll also have “Black” IPA’s, hoppy session beers, Imperial Reds and Belgian IPAs to satisfy your thirst for bitterness. So come early, drink often, and see how well your tooth enamel holds up.

$10 will buy you a 6 oz. tasting glass along with your first beer. Subsequent pours will cost between $2 – $3.50 for the life of the festival.

For live updates on tap-list changes, and more event details, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Kickoff Event (February 14th):

It’s only fitting that our bitterest fest of all would start on Valentine’s Day. Whether you’ve found love or not, HopHead Heaven will put a smile on your face. Bring your Valentine in for a glass of AleSmith’s “My Bloody Valentine.” This seasonal beer is a hoppy red that will warm even the coldest of hearts. Or if you find yourself alone, cozy up with a tulip full of Stone’s “Sublimely Self-Righteous” Black IPA to remind yourself just how a great a person you are. We’re also making a trip down to San Diego to grab some otherwise unavailable hoppy goodness from Pizza Port as well as Green Flash! Whatever beer you choose, you’ll have a big, hop-drenched smile on your face.

Kickoff Beer List:

  • AleSmith My Bloody Valentine
  • Alesmith IPA
  • Bear Republic Racer 5
  • Bruery Mischief
  • Drakes 1500
  • Green Flash West Coast IPA
  • Green Flash 30th St. Pale
  • Kern River Just Outstanding IPA
  • Oskar Blues Gubna
  • Pizza Port Beers TBA
  • Port Brewing Mongo
  • Sierra Nevada Hoptimum
  • Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA

And more to be announced as we procure them!

Strand Brewing Night (February 16th):

Come out and meet a great local brewer! Brewing out of Torrance, CA Strand’s 24th Street Pale Ale has been garnering praise all over SoCal. In addition to the fantastic pale, we’ll also have their Atticus IPA on tap! Atticus is a bigger, bolder, hoppier version of 24th Street. Grab a pint of either (or both, as we suggest) and you’ll get to take home a classy Strand Brewing pint glass!

Bay Area Beer Night (February 21st):

Say what you will about our brothers and sisters to the North, they make some outstanding beer. During our trip to SF Beer Week, we’ll be personally picking up kegs from local brewpubs that you just can’t get down here in good ol’ SoCal. We’ll have kegs from 21st Amendment, Magnolia Pub and some of the first containers of hop juice from High Water Brewing (the new venture from Steve Altimari, formerly of Valley Brewing). Here’s a sampling of what will be on tap (with updates to come):

  • High Water Hop Riot IPA
  • High Water Retribution Imperial IPA
  • 21st Amendment Brew Free or Die IPA
  • 21st Amendment Back in Black
  • 21st Amendment Bitter Americanx
  • Magnolia Proving Ground IPA

Other beers to be tapped during the fest:

  • Anderson Valley Wee Geech Pale Ale
  • Bruery Humulus XPA
  • Eagle Rock Populist
  • Drakes Hop Salad
  • Drakes Hopocalypse
  • Lagunitas Hop Stoopid
  • Ladyface Chesebro IPA
  • Ballast Point Sculpin IPA
  • Ballast Point Tongue Buckler
  • Abita Black IPA
  • Bear Republic Hop-Rod Rye
  • Russian River Pliny the Elder
  • Russian River Pliny the Younger
  • Russian River IPA

The Library Alehouse is a true public house, Santa Monica-style, featuring an ever-changing variety of over 29 craft beers on draft, as well as many hard-to-find bottled beers from around the world. Library Alehouse also features a wide variety of appetizers, salads, soups, sandwiches and entrees. The Library Alehouse supports a number of non-profit organizations by donating 15% of sales from the last Tuesday of every month. The Library Alehouse is located at 2911 Main St. in Santa Monica. Hours of operation are 11:30 a.m. to midnight seven days a week and the restaurant is available for private parties and offers catering. www.libraryalehouse.com

High Water Brewing Launches with Award-Winning Brewmaster Steve Altimari

After a short absence, brewmaster Steve Altimari and John Anthony burst back onto the craft brewing scene with the launch of a new brewery called High Water Brewing and the promise of some “seriously good beers.”

San Leandro, CA, January, 10, 2011 — Award-winning brewmaster Steve Altimari has begun production on the flagship product for his new venture, an artisanal craft brewery, High Water Brewing.

The flagship brew – dubbed “Hop Riot IPA” and described as an “American IPA with a definitive ‘Left Coast’ attitude” – will be among the first offerings from High Water Brewing.  It will be joined by “Retribution Imperial IPA” and “Old and In the Way Barley Wine”.

“Our goal is to pour High Water’s first beers, Hop Riot and Retribution, at the San Francisco Beer Week’s Gala opener on February 11,” said Altimari.

He promises the initial offerings “will be followed by other innovative and exciting brews.” Beer fans can expect that promise to be fulfilled because creatively brewed beers with playful flavor surprises are hallmarks of Altimari’s style.

After his departure as longtime brewmaster for Valley Brewing, Altimari decided to launch a new enterprise and take the craft of beer making to the next level.  Leveraging his successful 15 year industry career, he partnered with John Anthony and Lane Anthony, also both seasoned veterans of the craft brewing industry, to start their own California Bay Area brewery.

In addition to serving as Brewmaster, Altimari is the company President; John Anthony is CEO and will head up the sales effort. Lane Anthony is Board Secretary and will also be involved with sales. The High Water team is rounded out by legal counsel Kevin Sweeney and CFO Davin Abrahamian.

Inspired by the most creative brewing practices and styles across the world, Altimari and the father-son Anthonys have combined their visions of “creating unique, flavorful beers and distributing them to as many people as possible.”

Altimari will craft High Water beers at Drake’s Brewhouse in San Leandro, CA, and fermentation will occur in High Water tanks at the same location. High Water beers will be available in 5.0 and 15.5 gallon kegs and also bottled in 22 oz bombers.

Building on a relationship that Altimari and the Anthonys have developed over a number of years with that brewery, “Drakes seemed a natural fit for us because each of us has worked with them in one capacity or another, from distribution to collaborative brewing,” said John Anthony. “When Drakes owner John Martin agreed, we were ecstatic.”

About the Company: Based in San Leandro, CA, High Water Brewing is a partnership with principals Steve Altimari, John Anthony, Lane Anthony, Kevin Sweeney and Davin Abrahamian serving as company officers and on the board of directors. Currently, capital is being raised for the new venture and the board has authorized the sale of one million shares at ten cents per share, with a minimum investment of $250 and a maximum investment of $25,000.

Contact Information:
John Anthony, CEO/Director of Sales
High Water Brewing
(530) 515-4346

john@highwaterbrewing.com
www.HighWaterBrewing.com

Announcing “High Water Brewing”

You may recall the formerly wonderful beers of Valley Brewing in Stockton, California. That was due to one singular reason, their longtime brewmaster, Steve Altimari. Steve’s beers have became some of the most creative, innovative and diverse of any brewer. He perfected one style after another and brewed some truly experimental gems. His Uber Hoppy Imperial IPA was one of the best and his London Tavern Ale, a delicate English-style mild was a great session beer. But back on June 12th of last year, Steve was summarily dismissed under circumstances that could charitably be termed “odd.” I got the full story a couple of days after that, when I spoke to Steve in New York, where he was vacationing with his family. The owners initially told him that they’d sold the brewery (something he himself had been trying to do at that same time) and that the new bosses no longer needed his services. That tuned out to be not true in the least, and they instead brought in a scab brewer who flew in from Bend, Oregon, apparently, to do the brewing. I’m told they also locked Steve out of the brewery and refused to return his personal property that was there, including beer, barrels, etc. The good news was that since he’d been trying to buy Valley brewery, he already had investors and a management team in place.

So it’s six or so months later, and I’m pleased to announce that Steve’s new brewery — High Water Brewing — has begun brewing. They’ve set up offices and cold storage in San Leandro, California, near Drake’s Brewing, whose brewing equipment they’ll be using to make High Water’s beer. They’re also installing their own fermenters on site but will store the finished beer in their separate offices nearby.

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Initially, they’ll be offering three regular beers:

  • Hop Riot IPA (7.3% a.b.v. / 73 IBUs)
  • Retribution Imperial IPA (9.5% a.b.v. / 95 IBUs)
  • Old and In the Way Barleywine (11% a.b.v. / 95 IBUs)

The beers will debut on draft — 5 & 15.5 gallon kegs — in February during SF Beer Week (yet another reason I can’t wait for SF Beer Week!). Packaged beer, in 22 oz. bottles, will follow in early Spring, most likely in April. You can see the new labels on the website. They’re also still seeking additional investors, and if you’re interested, you can read about High Water’s investment opportunities.

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In the interest of full disclosure, the name High Water Brewing was suggested by me in a post back in June when this all went down, and after an exhaustive search, my suggestion turned out to be the one they liked best. The founders of the brewery were kind enough to thank me by awarding me some shares in the company, giving me a very teeny tiny interest in the company, essentially a symbolic, but very much appreciated gesture.