Named for the nearby Guadalupe River, Guadalupe Brewing Company becomes the latest addition to a growing craft beer scene in central Texas, a region that has seen the recent re-birth with the opening of Faust Brewing Co., and New Braunfels Brewing Co. in the last year.
Owned and operated by Keith and Anna Kilker, Guadalupe Brewing officially opened its doors in May 2012,and has already gained a reputation for quality handcrafted beers. The brewery currently distributes in the New Braunfels area, as well as Austin and San Antonio, and has made appearances at local festivals including an Open the Taps fundraiser at Ranger Creek Brewing and Distilling during San Antonio Craft Beer Week.
Keith and Anna began planning for their new business a couple of years ago when Keith suddenly declared that he wanted to open a brewery. "I travelled all over the world and had gained a love of many [beer] styles," said Keith. "I wanted to bring that to Texas." This is quite a statement considering Keith had never brewed before. It was his exposure to different beers around the world that Kieth says gave him his love for quality beer and the desire to brew it himself. Keith set about taking classes from the famed Siebel Institute of Technology, which included an internship with Tom Hennessey of Colorado Boy Pub and Brewery in Ridgway, Colo.
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