Yuengling – America’s Oldest Brewery

I was up in Pottsville over the weekend and finally went on a tour at the Yuengling Brewery. Yes, people, it’s indeed America’s Oldest Brewery. They even went to court to prove it. Since 1829… whew, that’s old! It’s still privately owned and run by the Yuengling family, and thank goodness too, as I can’t imagine Yuengling being part of Coors or Anheuser-Busch, or any other nonsense like that. It’s the second largest American owned brewery to boot, right after the Sam Adams folks.

The tour is kinda funny, informative, and a bit creepy, as they take you to the caves where the beer kegs used to be stored. And it’s not a luxurious cave, it’s a straight up dark, dank, wet cave. The temperature stays 50 degrees there all the time, that’s why it was perfect to store the brew. It’s interesting to look at the old equipment, as it’s all defunct now. Now it’s all about ones and zeros and robots, as is with most manufacturing these days.

I love seeing stuff being made, and this is truly my favorite part, watching the bottles go round and round. These green glass beauties are washed, filled, capped, labelled, and boxed all in one fairly small room. There are multiple Yuengling breweries in the US, and this original one is clearly the smallest one. This is where the tour is, and they still do make beer here. The brewing starts at 2AM.

Look at all them lagers.  Yes, lagers. For those of you not from the eastern part of pennsylvania, when you order a Yuengling lager, no need to ask for Yuengling lager, just ask for lager. We all know what plain old lager means. Yuengling is the king of beers around these parts. Go enjoy a cold one! Special thanks to captain ill for the photos!

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