Blog / Alex Violette

Alex has a biochemistry degree from Maryville College and began his brewing career at Smoky Mountain Brewery shortly after graduating in 2007. Before long, Alex’s passion took him from Knoxville to Colorado, where he worked his way up to a Head Brewer position at Upslope Brewing Company in Boulder. During his time at Upslope, Alex oversaw brewing operations and recipe development for over 100 beers. Five of these recipes are medal winners at The Great American Beer Festival, one of the largest beer competitions in the world.

In 2014, Alex took a massive leap of faith, moving to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, to open the country’s first American style craft brewery – Pasteur Street Brewing Company. Since the brewery’s opening in late 2014, it has been wildly successful with a tasting room and restaurant in the center of the bustling city. Pasteur Street received a Gold Medal at the prestigious World Beer Cup for its Chocolate Stout and is currently expanding its global distribution, which includes the United States.

Alex and his beers have been featured in articles published in BeerAdvocate, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Outside Magazine, The Denver Post, Travel and Leisure, and The New Zealand Herald, along with many others.

In his spare time, Alex enjoys backpacking, fishing, and spending time with his family; including his toddler daughter that can be seen running around Elkmont Exchange from time to time.