Altstadt Brewery, Guido Construction 'Raise the Roof'

📅   Tue August 15, 2017 - West Edition #17


A new brewery development, ALTSTADT, now has completed the frame out on its three-story German Tudor-style grand clock tower.
A new brewery development, ALTSTADT, now has completed the frame out on its three-story German Tudor-style grand clock tower.
A new brewery development, ALTSTADT, now has completed the frame out on its three-story German Tudor-style grand clock tower. The tree raising or ‘topping out’ ceremony was chosen in the old world European tradition of neighbors helping each other “raise the roof” before the advent of cranes.

A new brewery development, ALTSTADT, now has completed the frame out on its three-story German Tudor style grand clock tower. The 58,000-sq. ft. attraction, built by San Antonio based Guido Construction, broke ground June 2015 on the 20 acre Texas hill country facility located at 6120 U.S. Hwy 290 East, Fredericksburg, Texas.

The ALTSTADT Brewery development, envisioned to be the next community jewel, was designed to fit the “old world” German charm of Fredericksburg, showcasing world-class interior finishes.

Billy and William Scripps Jr., co-founders and visionaries of ALTSTADT Brewery, hired architect Whitney Koch of Mustard Design and Guido Construction Company to build their world-class, one-of-a-kind destination brewery.

Scheduled for public opening April 2018, ALTSTADT Brewery touts attractions that include brewery tours, beer tasting room, up-scale restaurants, wine cellar, event hall, beer gardens, outdoor facilities, retail shop and offices for corporate headquarters. The brewery is only one of four in the United States to use open fermentation vessels to produce the finest, hand-crafted, top fermenting beers in centuries old German tradition.

Ahead of construction schedule on the brewery, Tom Guido, president of Guido Construction, looked forward to hosting the ALTSTADT tree raising ceremony.

“Everyone's invited to join us as we serve up Bratwurst and exceptional ALTSTADT beer, the perfect match for a Fredericksburg community gathering,” said Guido.

The tree raising or “topping out” ceremony was chosen in the old world European tradition of neighbors helping each other “raise the roof” before the advent of cranes. The entire community was brought together in celebration once the roof was raised and the supports removed. A tree was placed at the highest point of the roof to appease the tree-dwelling spirits of their ancestors that had been displaced in construction.

The Altstadt family, in keeping with small town values of Fredericksburg and its German heritage, invited neighbors and visitors from around the world to enjoy this informal gathering with a complimentary beer tasting.

ALTSTADT beer is now available in select grocery, liquor stores, fine restaurants and pubs in the Texas Hill Country, Austin and San Antonio area.

For more information, visit AltstadtBeer.com and facebook.com/GuidoCompanies.