Italian beer company Suntory Brewing Co. will open a new facility in North Carolina to produce its flagship beer in the state.
The company, which has operations in California, will produce 100,000 barrels of beer a year, said CEO Kevin Trombetta.
The brewery’s expansion is part of the company’s plan to expand to the Southeast in 2018.
The brewery also will start a pilot program to expand production to the region.
Suntory will be headquartered in a former auto parts plant in the city of Mantua in Sicily, where it has been producing beer for decades.
Trombiattes son and namesake, Mario Trombo, founded the company in 1955.