James Moriarty

James Moriarty

Consultant - Owner of Urban Renewal Brewery - Chicago
Joining Alpha’s family has been incredibly fulfilling as I get to share the knowledge and experience I have acquired over the course of my brewing career and share it with those who like myself, are crafting their passion into a career. I have a unique opportunity to design incredible brewing systems, brew in dozens of breweries each year across the U.S. and continually educate myself through our customer’s experiences.

James path to Alpha has been full of curves and forks in the road. Born on Cape Cod and raised in Braintree, Massachusetts, his career within the brewing industry began with his first homebrew batch in college.  While the first batch was a drain-pour, James was driven to improve and make the best beer he could.  His passion for brewing quickly exceeded his interest in the original career track.  He volunteered for a local brewery which led to his first paid position as Assistant Brewer.  Nine years later James has been through the Siebel Institute of Technology and has been co and lead brewer at a few innovative and quality-driven breweries across New England and down the east coast.
When you grow up in “Braintree” you must be smart, so James has been hired to consult and execute startup breweries. These opportunities married his engineering education and passion of brewing. He was able to use his CAD drafting prowess to design the space and his process engineering background to plan infrastructure for glycol, steam, drainage, electrical and much more to put it all together. James heard about Alpha Brewing Operations and the thought of managing and designing brewery startups and expansions full time was very appealing. He reached out to Alpha and Alpha found the missing link. He moved his wife and two little girls all the way from Jacksonville, FL to Lincoln, NE.

“Joining Alpha’s family has been incredibly fulfilling as I get to share the knowledge and experience I have acquired over the course of my brewing career and share it with those who like myself, are crafting their passion into a career.  I have a unique opportunity to design incredible brewing systems, brew in dozens of breweries each year across the U.S. and continually educate myself through our customer’s experiences.”

James and his wife share a passion for brewing. They enjoy traveling to check out new breweries and hanging out with their dogs. Jame’s first assistant brewer was born in 2012 and his future cellar manager came two years later. For now his little girls are teaching James how to play with dolls.

In January of 2018, James purchased a brewery in Chicago, IL, called Urban Renewal Brewery.  James will always be a part of the Alpha Family - we wish James and his family the best in this endeavor.