Guinness’ 1st U.S. Brewery in Decades Shutting Down

The move will result in nearly 100 layoffs.

The parent company of Irish brewer Guinness plans to shut down its lone U.S. brewery after less than five years in operation.

The Guinness Open Gate Brewery opened in a former Seagram’s bottling plant in Relay, Maryland, in 2018.

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The facility returned the company’s production to the U.S. for the first time since the mid-1950s.

It made Baltimore Blonde, Over the Moon and other beers aside from the company’s iconic, Dublin-brewed stout. 

Liquor giant Diageo, however, said that it has decided to shutter the brewery following a “careful” analysis of its supply footprint.

Company officials told the Baltimore Sun that they expect 97 layoffs to result from the closure.

The site’s tap room and restaurant — along with a small “innovation” brewery — will remain open.

A second Open Gate complex is set to open later this year in Chicago.

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