We’ve been known to sample a beer or two on our travels, but there will always be a special place in my heart for Yuengling (pronounced ying-ling), an eastern Pennsylvania tradition. Opened in 1829 by a German Immigrant, Yuengling is still brewed on the same location today as it was when the factory moved after a fire in 1831 giving it the distinction as America’s Oldest Brewery. Interestingly enough, it’s still owned by the same family- each subsequent generation has had to buy it off their parents.
Going to the Yuengling factory was a fun little trip, perhaps more exciting because it had been on our list of places to visit for quite some time. Like all good brewery tours, the factory tour was short, but the tasting session was long. Fans of the regional beer, which is starting to make it’s way down the East Coast, might want to visit for a special taste of their Yuengling Premium, which is only sold within a small radius of the actual plant.
President Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper bet a case of Yuengling and a case of Molson over the 2010 Men’s Ice Hockey gold metal match. I wonder how Harper enjoyed his Yuengling!
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All this talk of historical beer and brewery tours have you thinking of booking bargain holiday? My suggestion: find a place with good beer!