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Boston Beer Company Coming to Miami? UPDATED

The Magic City might be getting some high-profile attention from the largest craft brewery in the United States, the Boston Beer Company, brewer of Sam Adams beer.

Is it true? If so, then this would be a huge boost to the craft beer scene in Miami, which is already on the cusp of seeing the opening of several new breweries.

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We heard rumors and so definitely had to look into them. We called and left a message with BBC seeking information, but the call has not yet been returned.

Update: In an email sent this morning, a spokesperson from Boston Beer Company said they did not have any information regarding our inquiry.

There are some nuggets floating around in the public domain. A basic keyword search through the website of the Florida Department of State Division of Corporations using the term "Boston" reveals that a company by the name of A & S Brewing Collaborative, Inc. has been registered in the state. Boston Beer Corporation is listed as its manager.

Another search under the United States Patent and Trademark Office website using the keyword "Miami" lists an entry by the name of Miami Artisan.

Further probing reveals that A & S stands for Alchemy and Science, which appears to be a collaboration between between Magic Hat Brewing Company founder and former owner Alan Newman and Stacey Steinmetz, who also formerly worked for Magic Hat.

Newman and BBC founder Jim Koch, who have been friends for several years, joined forces in October 2011 with Vermont-based A&S to become an independently-operated subsidiary of Boston Beer Company.

The Brewer's Association lists the Boston Beer Company as the largest operating production craft brewery in the United States, and fifth-largest overall

A&S's website lists part of the company's mission as being a craft beer incubator, buying or investing in craft breweries or generally promoting awareness of craft beer. They began their brewery venture in January 2012 after acquiring Angel City Brewery in Los Angeles, which celebrated its reopening on May 4.

Newman has not said anything, preferring to remain silent rather than divulge any details until all deals are finalized. No word on location or if there will even be a brewery, but something is up and beer geeks in Miami want to know. More to follow.

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