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Posted: Wednesday, December 2, 2015 2:44 pm

Steve Anderson

Steve Anderson left his friends and family on Nov. 25, 2015, while at home in Alpine. He was born to Bob and Martha Anderson in Dallas on Jan. 13, 1962.  

After attending the University of Texas at Austin for nine years he received his bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1989.  

He met his future wife Ellen in 1988 on the beach in Port Aransas at the annual Memorial Day Punk Rock Beach Party where he climbed into her car to escape the rain. She later asked him to put lotion on her back and they fell madly in love. The rest is history.

His illustrious careers included movies (“Slacker”) and Austin bands (Toxic Shock, Scratch Acid, Criminal Crew, The Screws and The Crybabies).

Steve tended bar at the Texas Showdown Saloon in Austin for nearly 20 years, where he married his wife on a dare in 1991. In 1993 he and Billy Forrester successfully lobbied the Texas Legislature to permit brewpubs to operate in Texas.  

Steve was the founding brewmaster at Waterloo Brewing Co. in Austin for its entire existence. He went on to become brewmaster at Live Oak Brewing in September 2001 until May 2012 when he moved to Alpine to start Big Bend Brewing Co.

Opening a brewery in West Texas had always been one of his dreams. Under his leadership the Big Bend Brewing Co. expanded rapidly from a modest production to statewide distribution.

Steve was a lifelong fan of the Dallas Cowboys and the Texas Rangers.  He was a

Free Thinker and voracious reader of scientific journals and humanist literature.

He enjoyed cooking briskets and Indian foods for all of his friends.  

Steve is survived by his wife of 24 years, Ellen, his parents of Georgetown, sister Glenna Peterson of Houston and his loyal companions Biscuit, Rusty and Spot and Maria, the snake.

A celebration of Steve’s life will be at 3 p.m. Dec. 5 at Big Bend Brewing Co. and at a later date in Austin.

Buck 7-on-7 advances to Sonora

Senior Julian Cano snags a pass in the 7-on-7 tournament finals against Crane on June 9 at Buck Stadium. Alpine won 33-14, and qualified for the State finals in College Station at the end of this month. 

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