The Story of High Water Brewing

Background

Our story begins in the small farm town of Romulus, NY – part of the Finger Lakes region of upstate NY where Steve Altimari is from…

Born and raised here, Steve attended college at nearby Alfred University. After graduating with a Ceramic Engineering degree, the industry of the same name promptly collapsed. With a question mark on the future, the road called Steve’s name. He hopped in the cab of a truck for a one-way trip out west to meet up with some friends in Santa Cruz, CA. Which also, unbeknownst at the time, inspired the name of the kiwi and kumquat sour in our Calambic series – West Meets East.

While living at the beach and selling cameras at a local store was all good, a customer learned of Steve’s ceramic engineering background and helped him score an interview at Intel, where he worked for the next 10 years. It’s during this period that Steve got into home brewing and shortly won a Gold medal for his Barley Wine at the local Celtic Fair competition. From here, his operation escalated from the stove top to the garage to a homemade gravity fed 3 tier homebrew system. Though working full time at Intel, all Steve’s free time was spent brewing beer and hosting friends to enjoy it. A light goes off that it’s time for a change…

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Four New Seasonal Saisons

We’re pleased to announce the release of our Petit Saison Fall Ale, the first in a series of barrel aged Petit Saisons.

Each Saison will focus on flavors reflective of the season the beer was produced in. The beers are aged in used wine barrels and finished with a light dry hopping. Each release will be fermented with different strains of yeast as well as varying malts from our great friends at Mecca Grade Estate Malts in Madras, Oregon. As an added twist, small amounts of Brettanomyces and Lactobacillus were added during the barrel aging to produce complex layers of flavor and aroma and a dry finish.

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