New Lodi brew­ery ready to flow

Lodi News-Sentinel - - BUSINESS - By Oula Miq­bel NEWS-SEN­TINEL STAFF WRITER visit http:// www.high­wa­ter­brew­ing. com

Lodi’s newest brew­ery, High Wa­ter Brew­ing Tap Room and Beer Gar­den, is ready to let the beer and the good times flow when it holds it grand open­ing this week­end.

Own­ers Steve and Barri Al­ti­mari started brew­ing High Wa­ter and sell­ing their beer to lo­cal restau­rants and brew­eries. Look­ing to sell di­rectly to con­sumers, they be­gan at­tend­ing beer fes­ti­vals.

“Work­ing at beer fes­ti­vals we got to meet cus­tomers, but it felt a bit im­per­sonal be­cause we could not speak to them be­cause there would be a large line of peo­ple,” Steve said.

With de­mand for their beers grow­ing, the Al­ti­maris de­cided it was time to put down roots and be­gan search­ing for a prop­erty in Stock­ton, where they re­side, but the search proved un­suc­cess­ful.

“We dis­cov­ered this prop­erty in Lodi and it seemed to be a per­fect fit,” he said.

The Al­ti­maris pur­chased an old build­ing at 927 In­dus­trial Way and con­verted the ex­ist­ing 20,000-square-foot ware­house into a brew­ery, dis­tillery and tast­ing room.

The brew­ery also of­fers a tast­ing menu with an eclec­tic as­sort­ment of ap­pe­tiz­ers and dishes, which in­cludes mac­a­roni and cheese made with beer cheese fon­due, a seared ahi salad, and a lamb meat­ball pizza with tzatziki that can be made on naan or a gluten-free crust.

For non-beer drinkers, there are sev­eral bev­er­age op­tions, in­clud­ing cider, wine, kom­bucha and craft so­das.

“We saw the po­ten­tial here af­ter our ar­chi­tect, John Vierra, showed us a con­cept de­sign,” Steve said. “We were im­me­di­ately won over be­cause you get a feel for down­town here. It is the per­fect base for us.”

The build­ing has 22-foot ceil­ings adorned with black me­tal. The build­ing of­fers a unique in­dus­trial feel that pro­vides a min­i­mal­ist ap­proach to de­sign.

“There is a lot of me­tal and con­crete here, but it has a warm feel to it,” Steve said.

The brew­ery pro­vides a fam­ily en­vi­ron­ment with both in­door and out­door restau­rant seat­ing, and a turf field for games like corn hole and con­nect four.

“We wanted to cre­ate an at­mos­phere that would be great for fam­i­lies, so we knew we wanted to have some­thing ev­ery­one would en­joy, from kids to big kids,” Steve said jok­ingly.

Peo­ple that visit the tap­room can try ex­clu­sive re­leases or take home a growler — a 32-ounce can — of 36 va­ri­eties of the beer avail­able on tap.

Ac­cord­ing to Steve, the dis­tillery pro­duc­tion of their beers is still done off­site, but they do have fer­men­ta­tion bar­rels on lo­ca­tion.

“We are hop­ing to have our dis­tillery on-site by the end of the year,” Steve said.

High Wa­ter still op­er­ates by us­ing other brew­eries to man­u­fac­ture its prod­ucts, which are dis­trib­uted across 16 states and 20 coun­tries.

The new fa­cil­ity fi­nally gave High Wa­ter a brick and mor­tar space to call home, Steve said.

“We still live in Stock­ton, but I tell peo­ple I have a bed­room in Stock­ton, but this (Lodi) is my home,” he said.

Satur­day’s grand open­ing will in­clude a rib­bon­cut­ting cer­e­mony from 1 to 3 p.m. with the Lodi Cham­ber am­bas­sadors. Food and live mu­sic will be avail­able un­til 10 p.m.

High Wa­ter Brew­ing Tap Room and Beer Gar­den will be open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wed­nes­day, Thurs­day and Sun­day, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fri­day and Satur­day. For more in­for­ma­tion about High Wa­ter Brew­ing,

BEA AHBECK/NEWS-SEN­TINEL

Ryan Ken­drix, of Lock­e­ford, and Josh No­briga, of Lodi, en­joy beer on Thurs­day at High Wa­ter Brew­ing in Lodi. The brew­ery is hav­ing its grand open­ing on Satur­day.

Owner Steven Al­ti­mari chats with Lyndi Reynolds, of Lodi, about their se­lec­tion of drinks at High­wa­ter Brew­ing on Thurs­day in Lodi.

Neil Wa­ters, of Lodi, en­joys a beer at High Wa­ter Brew­ing.

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