The Morning Call: Boston Beer Pouring Millions into Lehigh Valley

From The Morning Call:

Most beer drinkers know that Pennsylvania is home to Yuengling, the largest American-owned beer-maker.

But what they might not know is that Yuengling competitor Boston Beer makes most of its beer right here in the Lehigh Valley.

The Boston-based maker of Samuel Adams produces two-thirds of all its beer — or roughly 5,000 barrels per day — at its facility in the Breinigsville section of Upper Macungie Township, and the company is investing millions of dollars to expand the brewery's capacity, founder and CEO Jim Koch said.

"It's central to the success of our company and we are committed to that brewery," he said Thursday. "We are continuing to invest millions and millions to upgrade it and expand capacity."

Koch was in the Lehigh Valley for the taping of "Business Matters," a weekly business and public affairs show on WFMZ, Channel 69. His segment will air at 8 p.m. Feb. 13.

So far, Boston Beer has spent tens of millions of dollars upgrading the former F&M Schaefer Brewery along Interstate 78 west of Route 100. In 2008, Boston Beer bought the 850,000-square-foot red-brick brewery for $55 million from Diageo PLC, a British company that had produced the flavored malt drink Smirnoff Ice at the site since 2001.

Boston Beer also owns breweries in Boston and Cincinnati.


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