Who We Are
Altamont Beer Works was established in 2012 and officially opened their doors in February of 2013 for San Francisco Beer Week.
Both owners Stephen Sartori (brewmaster) and Greg Robles were home brewers and met in the local home brew club. Both Stephen and Greg received degrees from Sacramento State; Stephen with a business degree and Greg with a degree in Engineering. While Stephen was working for his Father managing their family business, he decided his hometown of Livermore needed a brewery.
“Why Livermore? Livermore has 60+ wineries and a great downtown, thriving with locals. We open our doors in 2012 and became the first brewery in Livermore since before prohibition.”
Before pulling the trigger, Stephen had the opportunity to meet Tony Lawrence, owner/brewmaster at Boneyard beer, through some mutual friends. Stephen began brewing under Tony, where he received formal brewing training and learned a plethora of knowledge about the beer business. During this time Altamont signed a lease at their location, 2402 Research Drive.
Altamont brews on a 20 bbl production system, and has steadily been growing since they opened their doors. On site is the production brewery and a tasting room where you can get a growler, crowler, pint, a flight, and plenty of swag options.
Learning to brew from Tony, Stephen obviously learned to specialize in hoppy beers; but Altamont’s portfolio ranges from wheats, to stouts, to IIIPA’s, to barrel aged beers.
Hoppy beers is where Altamont hangs their hats; specializing in hop forward sessions, pales, and IPAs, focusing on hop flavors and aromas, with a mild/balanced bitterness. Altamont really has built their name on huge aromatic and flavorful beers.
Since day one, Altamont has self distributed and has been draft only; and plan to for the near future. Draft only was a choice made between both owners, to make sure the beer is served fresh and would not sit on shelves. With Stephen coming from a family trucking business background; logistics and running multiple drivers was in his blood.