Craft Beer done with Classic Craft.
The Story of Second Pitch
When brewing beer, a second-generation or “pitch” of yeast can be used to make a different, often stronger beer that still is reminiscent of the first generation. That’s what Second Pitch means to us. We are a family-owned craft brewery in San Antonio striving for beer that is different from the norm, strong in flavor, and harkens back to traditional roots.
Jim Hansen, a seasoned brewer from the San Francisco Bay Area of California, is the founder of Second Pitch. After four long years of effort, Second Pitch finally opened in August 2020 on Starcrest Drive.
Together with his wife Samantha (a San Antonio native) and young son Ben, Jim is looking forward to moving the San Antonio beer scene into the national spotlight. We want San Antonio to be a beer destination. At Second Pitch, our brewery has been designed to help create the highest quality product possible. No area was left wanting – from the grain handling to the Reverse Osmosis system.
Made With High-Quality Ingredients & Passion
At Second Pitch we are dedicated to our craft and take the time to find the best ingredients. We are constantly searching for the best, most appropriate, ingredients for each style of beer we make. This includes wheat malt from Germany for our German Hefeweizen or hops from Yakima Valley in Washington for our West Coast IPA. We take pride in knowing exactly what is in our pint glasses.
Our Craft Beer Specialists
Everyone on our team has a passion for craft beer and is a Certified Beer Server through the Cicerone Certification Program.
Our Sales Manager Paige can be spotted all over town sending our beer to your favorite bars and restaurants. Paige also leads the team and community in beer education classes on everything from ingredients and processes to off-flavors. Paige’s favorite flagship beer is A Man and His Dog Irish Stout.
Our Beer Representative, in-house merchandiser. She wears many hats; You may see her out at our events passing out smiles and beer, behind the bar in the Taproom, on her laptop dealing with all things Second Pitch, or even out front planting our brewery flowers! Kay’s favorite flagship beer is also A Man and His Dog Irish Stout, though she says she dreams of one day brewing a sour in-house right alongside Jim, our owner, and head brewer.
Lou joins our team with years of experience. After a stint developing his craft in California and working for some of the Central Coast’s most popular breweries, he came to San Antonio in hopes of sharing and further sharpening his keen knowledge of brewing. Lou is a serious innovator in flavor building and his own personal style. He has a passion for building big tastes in his brews and enjoys developing recipes, in hopes in making the next great beer San Antonians and everyone will love.
Alex Arredondo is a native of San Antonio and brings a wealth of energy and knowledge of craft beer. Originally working at Kümstler Brewing, Alex is a seasoned craft beer pro in San Antonio.