Boston Beer makes it official: No new brewery

Boston Beer Co. has made it official that it will not build a new brewery in Free Town, Mass.

The brewer of Samuel Adams beers sent a letter to officially end its relationship with Freetown, eight months after the brewer accepted tax incentives from the town and announced plans to invest about $200 million to build the brewery.

Instead of building a new facility in Freetown, Boston Beer bought Diageo North America, an existing brewery in Lehigh Valley, Penn., for $55 million. The brewer plans to spend another $50 million to renovate the plant, and will start operations there next summer.

Boston Beer will write off $3.4 million in capital investments, including engineering, for development of the Freetown property.