City Brewing Temporarily Closing Pennsylvania Plant

Contract brewer will lay off 70 workers in November at the former Rolling Rock brewery with the shutdown expected to last two months while the company finds a new customer.

LATROBE, Pa. (AP) -- City Brewing Co. will lay off 70 workers at the former Rolling Rock brewery in western Pennsylvania next month.

According to documents filed with the state, the temporary shutdown should last about two months while City Brewing finds a new customer.

City Brewing of LaCrosse, Wis. is a contract brewer, meaning it brews beers for other companies at the plant 45 miles east of Pittsburgh. The brewery has been making Samuel Adams beer for Boston Beer Co., but Boston started making those beers in July at a brewery near Allentown.

City Brewing bought the Latrobe facility after Belgian brewing giant InBev SA sold the Rolling Rock brands to Anheuser-Busch. Anheuser-Busch stopped making Rolling Rock in Latrobe in July 2006 and moved production to Newark, N.J.

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