Molson Coors has announced plans to cease production at its Irwindale, Calif., brewery by September 2020. Additionally, the company has entered into an agreement with Pabst Brewing that gives them an option to purchase the Irwindale facility.
“This move will allow us to optimize our brewery footprint while streamlining our operations for greater efficiency across the network,” said Brian Erhardt, Molson Coors chief integrated supply chain officer, in a company press release. “While it was a very difficult decision, we have extra capacity in our system and Irwindale’s production can be absorbed by other breweries in our network.”
The Irwindale brewery, which opened in 1980, employs approximately 470 people and produced 4.8 million barrels, which were shipped to 261 independently owned distributors in 2019. Brands produced include but are not limited to: Miller Lite, Coors Light, Miller High Life, MGD, Steel Reserve, Miller 64, and several brands for Pabst. Over the next nine months, products currently produced in Irwindale will be transitioned to other breweries, primarily Golden, Colo., and Fort Worth, Texas.