| News: Sam Adams Beer, Latrobe, PA
|Haven't talked about beer in a while, so here we go. I just saw this article about Sam Adams beer from the other week. I didn't even realize that Rolling Rock has been owned by Anheuser-Busch since 2006.
(Sam Adams was my favorite beer before I met Shipyard.)
Samuel Adams Rolling Off Line in Latrobe
Former Rolling Rock Brewery in Western Pa. Now Making Sam Adams
By Joe Mandak
Monday May 21, 2007
PITTSBURGH - The first barrels of Samuel Adams beer started rolling out Monday from the brewery that for decades made Rolling Rock.
Boston Beer Co. signed a deal in April to brew Samuel Adams beer at the former Rolling Rock brewery in Latrobe. City Brewing Co., of La Crosse, Wis., bought the facility last year after its former owner sold the Rolling Rock brand to Anheuser-Busch for $82 million.
Brewery manager Kevin Morgan said Boston Beer wants the Latrobe facility to produce at least 250,000 barrels of beer for bars, restaurants and other draft beer outlets through the end of the year. A barrel, the beer industry's standard unit of measurement, equals 31 gallons.
"That should be enough to keep our keg line running five days a week," Morgan said.
The bottling line will start up in June and the brewery plans to bottle about one-and-a-half times as much beer as it sells in barrels, Morgan said.
The brewery, about 40 miles east of Pittsburgh, has the capacity to produce 1.2 million barrels annually, Morgan said.
The beer produced in Latrobe will be distributed along the East Coast, Morgan said.
The brewery had 47 employees on Monday and six others were being trained in Wisconsin. Once the bottling lines begin operating next month, the brewery will employ 60 to 80 people, Morgan said.
Boston Beer has said it plans to invest $3 million to $7 million in the facility, and may eventually take an ownership stake in the plant.
Rolling Rock had been brewed in Latrobe since 1939, but Anheuser-Busch is now making it in Newark, N.J.
© The Associated Press
|posted by Josh @ 7:37 PM