Sam Pagano, our Brewmaster as of 2016, has been a long time resident of the Albany, NY area. Sam started his career as a sales manager and brewery assistant for Browns Brewing Co. in Troy.

From there, he was the first assistant brewer for C.H. Evans Brewing Co. at the Albany Pump Station in Albany where he honed in his large-scale recipes. His next stop took him over to the brew kettles in Schenectady, NY as the Brewmaster for Mad Jack Brewing Co. in the historic Stockade District., where he was responsible for every facet of brewery operations.

Sam went to University at Albany for his Bachelors in English where he also played football. He currently resides in West Hartford and his finishing his MA in English at Trinity College. He enjoys playing his bass guitar, albeit not that well!

Sam promises a wide range of beers at City Steam including old classics and familiar styles as well as experimental batches of beers ranging ingredients from fruits, rare hops, vegetables, spices, unique yeast blends, barrel aging and more!