Yuengling Brewery’s beers might not excite most drinkers, but the brewery has a worthy and relevant place in the Beer Bucket List for its history as America’s oldest brewery still in operation and for being one of its largest breweries today.
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Established in 1829 by German émigré brewer David Gottlieb Jüngling —who vaguely Americanized his surname to Yuengling—as The Eagle Brewery, it’s been in the same family ever since, with the fifth-generation David due to pass it on to the sixth-generation in coming years. Their Traditional Lager is the beer to try, a toasty, simple brew with some caramel-y malts and a definite grassy hop character. An eagle on the label makes reference to the original brewery’s name.
The Yuengling Brewery tour is a gap in my Beer Bucket List and so, not having been, I don’t know the full details, but the website promises a look around the hand-dug cellars, where the beer was once stored, and a walk around a site that has lived through so much American history (37 different US presidents have served during Yuengling’s timeline). Plus, the Pottsville location of the brewery has been active since 1831, which is an impressive fact (the original Eagle Brewery burnt down in that year and was rebuilt at a different location).
WHAT: Yuengling Brewery
HOW: The brewery runs tours on Mondays to Fridays, 10am-1:30pm (roughly on the hour), and on Saturdays, 10:30am-1pm (April to December only on Saturdays). For more details, visit www.yuengling.com.
WHERE: 501 Mahantongo Street, Pottsville, Pennsylvania 17901, USA.