INFINITE ALE WORKS
TRADITIONALLY INSPIRED. INFINITELY CREATIVE.
We are explorers of the ever-expanding culture of the craft beer universe. Our quest, brew
extraordinary beer and share it with out of this world people.
Infinite Ale Works is a haven to anyone interested in expanding their horizons and knowledge into the world of craft beer. Infinite’s tasting room features 34 different taps of adventurous craft beer that will suit any discerning palate. Our tap list features a vast selection of our in-house brews as well as some of our favorite local and non-local brews. Our laid back and friendly atmosphere will strive to make Ocala a ‘beer destination’ for the beer lover.
We also distribute through Cone Distribution and Sunshine State Distribution into 28 Florida counties. Our distribution products include a variety of drafts and bottles. If you are having trouble locating us in the market, please email us and we will gladly help you find a retailer in your area.
We are a crew of like minded individuals who have desire to brew, consume, and share great beer. The benefiets to such a lifestyle; a relaxed take on the world and a lot of laughs with friends.
Craig Birkmaier – Head Brewer
After multiple careers in broadcast television and professional broadcast equipment development, Craig joined the Hogtown Brewers in 2002 and started home brewing as a hobby. That hobby soon turned to a passion, as Craig began entering beers in Florida home brew competition. His focus was on brewing process, recipe, and consistency; this focus was rewarded with 14 gold medals for Big Nose IPA, along with two gold medals in The Masters Championship of Amateur Brewing. In 2008 Craig started his professional career as the original Head Brewer for Swamp Head Brewery in Gainesville, where he developed the recipes for Swamp Head’s core products, including two Best of Show beers in the best Florida Beer Championships. In 2012 Craig served as the President of the Florida Brewers Guild, helping to bring about reforms in Florida’s beer distribution laws. Craig joined Infinite in 2016 as a brewing consultant, and now guides the process of brewing production beers and developing new products as Head Brewer.
Sam Betty – Taproom Manager
Sam Betty has been in Ocala since 1996, first working as a line-cook and server in multiple local establishments, learning the ins and outs of the service industry. He started in the bar business at O’Malley’s Alley in 1999 where he first met friends and fellow Infinite crew members, Tom McDonald and Juan Bengoa. Sam has been a beer enthusiast since and began home brewing when he received a small brew kit as a gift in 2003. His passion for beer and brewing grew quickly and he joined the Brick City Brewers home brew club in late 2011, continuing to learn and expand his brewing capabilities with the help of his friends. When Infinite Ale Works was set to open in March of 2014, Sam volunteered to help in any way, just to be a part of the brewery action. He has been tending bar in the taproom since May of that year, gaining his Cicerone Certified Beer Server certification at the same time. Sam has just been given the title of Taproom Manager and will be overseeing the daily operations of the Infinite Ale Works taproom, organizing special events and helping to ensure that all our guests leave happy and having enjoyed their craft beer experience!
In addition to Infinite, Sam is the Director of Ocala Caregivers (A Homecare Company), President of SSB Ocala, Inc. (Specialized Business Consulting) and President of the Ocala Outreach Foundation, Inc. (A local 501c3).
An Ocala native, Renato was a picture framer for nine years before starting his job at Infinite. He became interested in craft beer when he noticed what Juan and Tommy were doing with Pi. Once word got around that they were opening up a brewery, he knew he wanted to be a part of it. Volunteering his time here and there, he eventually came in and participated in a brew day. Once a position was available, he jumped at the opportunity to join the staff. Now, he’s learning as much a he can from Head Brewer, Craig, to expand our infinite possibilities.
Travis Arenburg – Sales Rep
As a Beer Evangelist, he’s spreading the word on our brews to the craft beer lovers of Florida and especially right here at home. A native Floridian, Travis has lived in the Ocala area for twelve years, and has worked in all tiers of the craft beer industry. When you see Travis, make sure you say hi and see for yourself his enthusiasm for all things Infinite!