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    Re: Sam Adams Now the Largest American Owned brewery!

    Gary I Think it was in 2001 but lets see what Jess knows as he knows more about this stuff then I do.
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    Re: Sam Adams Now the Largest American Owned brewery!

    Interesting that a plant some 7-8 years old can be returned to production, must have been mothballed well.

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    Re: Sam Adams Now the Largest American Owned brewery!

    I am not so sure it was just sitting all the time as I had been told someone was using it to make some Hard Lemonaid at one time renting I guess with a small amount of people, not sure but someone had said that but it did sit a good bit also from what I have heard, it is only about 35 miles from where I live a giant modern plant in its day I remember it well having driven by there back in the Schaefer days a giant Plant along I-78. Hopefully Jess can fill in the Blanks for Us Gary! I am very Glad to see Sam Adams get it going again brewing Beer with the 50 Mil they put in it should be a very Modern place! And 200 good people working at the trade they Love.
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    Re: Sam Adams Now the Largest American Owned brewery!

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillman View Post
    Jess, when did Stroh close the Schaefer Lehigh brewery?

    Gary
    When, in 1999, Stroh closed, and Pabst and Miller divided up the brands, Pabst also bought that former Schaefer brewery (since, at the time, the only other brewery they still owned and operated was the Pearl Texas brewery and even then most of their beers were being contracted out to Heileman>Stroh).

    They only operated that brewery for a couple of years (until Miller took over the brewing of most of their beers) and then sold it to Diageo in 2001. Diageo only used it to make and bottle their alco-pop line and the brewhouse was, indeed, mothballed. Boston bought the brewery from Diageo and, as Dave notes, Koch has praised the workers he's re-hired, who had brewed beer at the brewery for Schaefer-Stroh-Pabst and, in at least one article, specifically mentioned the great job they did when the "retired" the brewhouse and how they themselves did it in hopes that they would brew beer again at the plant.
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    Re: Sam Adams Now the Largest American Owned brewery!

    Thanks Jess That is great knew you could tell us! I have always heard the People that worked there were very good people and you have proved that with your Information!
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    Re: Sam Adams Now the Largest American Owned brewery!

    Oh, yeah, Gary, one more interesting fact re: the short time that Pabst owned the Allentown area brewery is that it was the source of Ballantine XXX Ale during that period (and, IIRC, it was one of the nicer versions of the beer- a LOT better than the sad imitation that Miller's making). And it was also brewed the "closest" geographically to it's old Newark home- just 75 miles or so west on Interstate 78...

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    Re: Sam Adams Now the Largest American Owned brewery!

    Right, thanks, haven't forgotten the link to Ballanatine!

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    Re: Sam Adams Now the Largest American Owned brewery!

    Is Boston Brewery bigger than the Pabst/Stroh conglomeration?
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    Re: Sam Adams Now the Largest American Owned brewery!

    In 2007 Pabst sold 6.1M barrels; Boston Brewing, 1.3...it's not even close as far as sales. But Pabst brews zero of those barrels it sells.
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    Re: Sam Adams Now the Largest American Owned brewery!

    Thank Sam Adams for spurring a return to quality product and making the beer industry that much more interesting and enjoyable.

 

 

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