Anheuser-Busch to invest $6m in new can line at New Hampshire brewery

Anheuser-Busch has announced a $6 million investment in its Portsmouth, New Hampshire brewery. 

The funding will go toward building a state-of-the-art can line at the facility, which produces the company’s beer, cider and hard tea offerings. 

The revamped can line will enable the facility to brew and package a forecasted 29% more beer in 2023. In 2024, production is expected to increase to produce 56% more beer. 

“As a company, we’re committed to investing in our facilities and supporting our local communities by creating and sustaining jobs,” said Brendan Whitworth, CEO of Anheuser-Busch. 

“Our Portsmouth brewery plays an important role in producing beers and other high-quality products for our consumers to enjoy. This isn’t just an investment in our local facility—it’s an investment in a community where we live, work and operate.” 

Anheuser-Busch’s Portsmouth, NH brewery has a storied brewing history. In 1996, Washington state-based Redhook Brewery built the facility to be an exact replica of its original Woodinville, WA brewery, making Redhook the first bi-coastal craft brewing operation in the US. 

In 2016, the current can line was added to accommodate consumers’ changing preferences from bottles to cans. 

In 2018, the Cisco Brewers Portsmouth pub opened onsite, and ever since, it’s served as a community gathering place for beer enthusiasts, frequently hosting public concerts, parties and weddings.

“It was great to join Anheuser-Busch for its announcement of a $6 million investment its Portsmouth brewery. This will create jobs, strengthen our economy, and ensure that New Hampshire remains one of the premier brewery destinations in the country,” said Senator Maggie Hassan. 

“From creating jobs to bolstering tourism, breweries have always played a vital role in New Hampshire’s economy, which is why I have worked across party lines to deliver tax cuts for breweries in our state and across the country, something I will continue to do.”

The investment will enable the brewery to produce more innovations, including Cisco Brewers’ collaboration beer with the New England Patriots, Forever New England.

“Our team is made up of incredible, innovative brewers and this upgrade to our canning line will allow us to brew even more delicious, high-quality beer for years to come,” said Nick Murray, General Manager at the Portsmouth, NH brewery. 

“We take pride as an important member of the Portsmouth community, and are extremely grateful for this investment that will enhance our ability to produce some of America’s most loved beers and more.” 

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