Sierra Nevada Brewing eyes Alcoa for Eastern US site

on 18/05/11 at 1:25 pm

Beer

A premier craft brewery from California could be in Blount County’s future.

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is working with the city of Alcoa and the Blount County Economic Development Board to determine if the company will select Alcoa for its Eastern U.S. operation.

Alcoa City Manager Mark Johnson said Tuesday the brewing company is also looking at two other Eastern U.S. sites in other states.

“Not just Alcoa, they’re looking at the entire region. Once they landed here, literally, they liked the community,” he said.

Sierra Nevada ranks only behind Boston Beer Co., brewer of Samuel Adams, in volume of U.S. production by an independent craft brewer. It ranks sixth among all brewers.

To enhance the city’s chances of landing Sierra Nevada, the state Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday voted 10-0 to advance a bill establishing state guidelines for high-alcohol beer to a full floor vote.

{Full story via The Daily Times}

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