Sam Adams bubbling in ex-Stroh's brewery

The ghosts of brewers past may be smiling now that a former iconic brewery has reopened in Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley.

The Boston Beer Co. has begun producing Samuel Adams beer at former Stroh's brewery in Upper Macungie, PA, near Allentown seven years after the facility was closed. It will produce 1.6 million barrels of Sam Adams annually.

Stroh's began brewing in Detroit in 1850, spread nationally by swallowing up such competitors as F&M Schaefer, Schlitz and Piel's, and lasted 149 years until it sold off its assets to a variety of other competitors in 1999.

Ten months ago, the Pennsylvania facility was purchased for $55 million from Miller Brewing Co. by Boston Beer. It still is being renovated, with bottle production expected to begin in July.

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