The good news from Utica is that the F.X. Matt Brewing Co. is producing draught beer today, just days after a huge fire destroyed a good chunk of the brewery's packaging capabilities.
None of the brewing operations were involved in the fire, which lasted from Thursday into Friday. Matt officials said the canning line was destroyed. The company hopes to be able to begin bottling sometime in June. Kegs will still be rolling out of the 120-year-old brewery.
In the meantime, consumers have gobbled up much of the bottles and cans of Matt brands that were on store shelves. The company has had discussions with several breweries about trucking beer to their plants for packaging.