Jim Walter has been named chief operating officer of Alamo Beer Company. The announcement arrives ahead of the groundbreaking of the company’s new San Antonio microbrewery. Walter brings more than 30 years of brewing management experience having spent time at Wisconsin-based G. Heileman Brewing and recently serving as chief operating/chief strategy officer of Pabst Brewing Company.
“Jim brings a depth of experience to our company that is comparable to any significant brewery in the country,” said Eugene Simor, Alamo Beer Company’s founder and CEO. “I’m looking forward to working with him on establishing an organization that produces a great beer, promotes our Texas values and continues contributing to the local economy.”
Walter will be responsible for establishing all operations in the 18,000 square-foot microbrewery, including manufacturing performance, human resources, procurement, product positioning and several other duties.
As COO at Pabst, the nation’s third largest brewer, Walter led the development of a complete brand repositioning strategy that generated an 18 percent growth of net revenue. He also led a process improvement and cost control project that generated $15 million in annual savings.
Alamo Golden Ale began distributing throughout San Antonio in 2003. Currently brewed in Blanco, the local craft beer has expanded distribution into other markets in the state of Texas. Alamo Beer Company will begin construction of a multi-million dollar brewery in December. Estimated completion date is October 2014. The new brewery will be situated half a mile from the historic Alamo and will boast a full production line, beer hall and beer garden.