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Download MBMA’s Updated Distilleries & Breweries Case Study

There are over 6,300 breweries and nearly 2,000 distilleries in the U.S. right now, and more are on the way. In the recently updated MBMA Distilleries & Breweries case study, Lake|Flato partner Greg Papay, FAIA shares the story of the design of the Alamo Beer Brewery in San Antonio, Texas.


When Lake|Flato partner Greg Papay, FAIA was approached by his former college roommate to design the award-winning Alamo Beer Brewery (Alamo) complex in San Antonio, Texas, he instinctively knew it had to be a metal building system.

“That’s what I admire most about [metal buildings]—they’ve been refined to a point where they’re economical, efficient and beautiful. They capture all the aspects of what a building should be.” -Greg Papay, FAIA, Partner, Lake|Flato Architects

“At that time, my friend had not ‘made’ it just yet, so I wanted to use a material that wouldn’t require a lot of upkeep,” he says. “Metal can be a low-maintenance and low-cost solution, and it seemed like the right choice for the three separate buildings to house production space, offices and a beer hall.”

To read the full story about the Alamo Beer Brewery and other projects, download the updated Distilleries & Breweries case study.

Download the case study here.