Yuengling Brewery celebrated its 190th anniversary Thursday at an exclusive media event that you’ll only see here on WTAJ.
Yuengling is the oldest brewery in America and our Jordan Tracy was able to take a tour.
While taking the tour of the original brewery, you witness a lot of history.
One of the first stops on the tour was inside the caves that were hand dug back in the 1800s. They were used for refrigeration and fermentation of the beer. During prohibition in the 1920s, they had to build a brick wall to close the caves. The same day prohibition ended, they tore down those walls and the brewery sent a truckload of their winner beer to the White House as a thank you.
It’s stories like those we were able to hear on the tour. The family is on their 6th generation of ownership with the four Yuengling sisters. Debbie Yuengling said that they are extremely proud to be able to continue and pass on this tradition that has been handed down to them.
The 5 generations before us, what they’ve persevered and gone through. I mean, they went through prohibition and we’re a brewery and couldn’t make beer during those years. Two World Wars. So we are very excited, very proud, my sisters and I, to be the 6th generation and be here after 190 years.
-Debbie Yuengling/ 6th Generation Owner, Yuengling Brewery
Now if we do the math, we were told it takes at least 21 days to brew so to have beer ready on the first day after prohibition there may have been some rule bending.
One of the neat things Yuengling is doing to celebrate its anniversary is putting together a time capsule with messages written from the 6th generation of the family and even the members of the media that were there.
A special guest was also in attendance to commemorate the anniversary. Phillies Pitcher Aaron Nola, who is one of the first active MLB players to be partnered with a brewing company, also put a message in the capsule along with a signed baseball.
While talking with the family, they expressed the importance of their Pennsylvania roots. They pointed to their early beginnings and tradition as being a big part in what makes them who they are today.
I think it’s really shaped who we are as a company. We started as a coal region brewery. So, that foundation has molded us into who we are today. We’re built on hard work and perseverance and a lot of grit and I think a lot of that comes from our roots here in Pennsylvania.
-Wendy Yuengling/ 6th Generation Owner, Yuengling Brewing