Boston Beer is celebrating the first batches of beer rolling out of its new production facility outside of Allentown, Pa.
Samuel Adams is being made at the Upper Macungie Township brewery, which Boston Beer acquired from Diageo for $55 million. The company put an additional $5 million in renovations into the plant, which had previously produced Smirnoff Ice. Before that the plant was used to make Schaefer, Stroh's and Pabst.
The facility gives Boston Beer 1.6 million barrels of annual capacity. The plant opened in 1972 as a showplace for the F&M Schaefer Brewing Co. Pabst made Samuel Adams at the facility under contract from 1995 to 2001.