Big Bend Brewing Company
Brewing up a storm in Alpine Texas!
Big Bend Brewing Company is brewing up a storm in West Texas! Founded in 2011 by Matt Kruger and Steve Anderson, Big Bend Brewing Company is located in Alpine, Texas, and while it’s a relatively new operation, it has already garnered incredible local support and just finished construction on a major expansion. Its distinctive, Far West Texas inspired brews are appropriately named after landmarks in the area and its rustic facility offers the perfect setting to enjoy a couple pints and embrace the Big Bend lifestyle.
Steve Anderson, who serves as the head brewer for Big Bend Brewing Company, got his start in the brewing world in 1993 when he opened the first-ever brewpub in Texas (Waterloo Brewing). Brewpubs were actually illegal in Texas until 1993, and Anderson almost single handed pushed legislators to change the law. After opening Waterloo, Steve gained further experience while interning at the famous Goose Island Brewery in Chicago, Illinois. He remained the brewmaster at Waterloo until it closed in 2001, at which point he went over to Austin’s Live Oak Brewery where he worked for the next 11 years.
Opening a brewery in Far West Texas was a longtime dream tucked in the back of Steve’s mind and once he met Matt Kruger, those dreams turned into a business plan. Matt was also a big fan of Far West Texas and was intrigued by the idea of opening a brewery there. He offered to become the managing owner if Steve would provide the brewing expertise. Together, they founded Big Bend Brewing Company and began operations in October of 2011.
Today, Big Bend Brewing Company offers five year-round beer brands that are available in nearby bars, restaurants and grocery stores. Most are sold in cans and kegs, and even brewing full time at full capacity, the team can barely keep up with the growing demand. It’s a good problem to have! With their latest construction complete, the brewery has added 6,500 square feet to help with brewing capacity and to give Steve Anderson more space to experiment with new limited-release, specialty brews. We can’t wait to see what this new West Texas brewery has in store for the future. Cheers!