City Brewing Co.'s brewery in Latrobe, where the future looked grim...The La Crosse, Wisc.-based company's brewery in Westmoreland County lost its only product when Boston Beer Co. transferred production of Samuel Adams beer in November 2008 to its own brewery near Allentown
. The loss of the big contract resulted in the layoff of 70 workers...
There's not a lot of breweries of this size, and the ones that are, are older," recalled Mazzoni, the plant controller, whose grandfather and great-grandfather worked at the brewery that was famous for producing Rolling Rock beer for 67 years until 2006.
Today, the Latrobe brewery is bustling with activity -- 160 employees producing enough beer along with sister breweries in La Crosse and Memphis -- to make City Brewing the nation's largest contract brewer that does not bottle its own beer, said Paul Gatza, director of the Brewers Association, a trade group in Boulder...
No one else makes more than one million barrels," like City Brewing does at its three plants, Gatza said.
Miller Brewing Co. produces six million barrels as a contract brewer making Pabst Blue Ribbon and the Miller beer brands it owns and produces, Gatza said.
City Brewing in Latrobe is even busier now -- having recently added to its stable of contract products that includes Iron City, IC Light, Stoney's and Duquesne beer
Founding Fathers Brewing Co. of Minneapolis, with a lager and light beer, started production at the plant in November with a 500-barrel production run and completed its third run on Tuesday