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Beer brewing again at former Heileman plant.

Associated Press-- Beer is brewing in the former G. Heileman Brewery in LaCrosse, WI, for the first time in four months.

Beer making resumed last week at what now is called The City Brewery.

The New York-based investment firm Platinum Holdings officially took possession of the brewery Friday when it completed a $10.5 million deal with The Stroh Brewery Company, the La Crosse Tribune reported last week. The paperwork for the sale was completed Thursday of last week, the newspaper reported.

Detroit-based Stroh closed the La Crosse brewery Aug. 8 after deciding to leave the beer business.

Randy Hughes, the La Crosse plant's brewmaster since 1995, said there were no major equipment problems when beer making resumed. The smooth operation can be attributed to an experienced work force, he said.

Workers who closed the plant in August, "cleaned up everything properly and made sure it was in the right state," Hughes said.

The brewery will have its first beers, City Lager and City Light, out next month, said Platinum Holding owner James Strupp, a La Crescent, Minn. native. The brewery will package the beers in mid-December and begin to make shipments shortly after that, Hughes said.

"It's great to have the brewery up and running, employees back to work," said human resources manager Connie Michaels. "It's been kind of an emotional roller coaster, with the closing of the plant. It really feels good to bring people back to work."
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Publication:Modern Brewery Age
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Date:Nov 22, 1999
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