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Friday, April 3, 2015

THE BREWSPAPER / Who the heck is David G. Yuengling?

The new kid on the block as sales go is also the oldest brewer in America 
Checking below you’ll note the 50 top selling craft beer in the U.S. (based on 2014 sales stats) will show D.G. Yuengling and Son brewery of Pottsville PA is the sales leader.  How many of us knew that D.G. Yuengling (yee-ling) was the oldest operating brewery in the nation?  How many of us ever heard of D.G. Yuengling?  Craft beer aficionados recognize Yuengling, but ten buddies, who were not into who made suds didn’t have a clue.  One said it sounded like a Chinese beer.  But, Pottsville’s sixth generation owned brewery has an amazing loyalty to its brand, and of course, having great tasting beer goes a long way to racking up those amazing sales stats.  Thanks, Dave (since 1829)!

For the history of Yuengling go to:

Top 50 U.S. Craft Beer Brewers

Rank* / Brewing Company / City / State
1         D. G. Yuengling and Son, Inc., Pottsville PA
2         Boston Beer Co., Boston MA
3         Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Chico CA
4         New Belgium Brewing Co., Ft. Collins CO
5         Gambrinus, Shiner, TX
6         Lagunitas Brewing Co., Petaluma CA
7         Bell's Brewery, Inc., Galesburg, MI
8         Deschutes Brewery, Bend OR
9         Stone Brewing Co., Escondido CA
10       Minhas Craft Brewery, Monroe WI
11       Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn NY
12       Duvel Moortgat USA, Kansas City MO
13       Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Milton DE
14       Matt Brewing Co., Utica NY
15       Harpoon Brewery, Boston MA
16       Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Paso Robles CA
17       Founders Brewing Co., Grand Rapids MI
18       SweetWater Brewing Co., Atlanta GA
19       New Glarus Brewing Co., New Glarus WI
20       Alaskan Brewing Co., Juneau, AK
21       Abita Brewing Co., Abita Springs LA
22       Anchor Brewing Co., San Francisco CA
23       Great Lakes Brewing Co., Cleveland OH
24       Oskar Blues Brewery, Longmont CO
25       Shipyard Brewing Co., Portland ME
26       Stevens Point Brewery Co., Stevens Point WI
27       August Schell Brewing Co., New Ulm MN
28       Summit Brewing Co., Saint Paul MN
29       Victory Brewing Co., Downingtown PA
30       Long Trail Brewing Co., Bridgewater Corners VT
31       Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits, San Diego CA
32       Rogue Ales Brewery, Newport OR
33       Full Sail Brewing Co., Hood River OR
34       Odell Brewing Co., Fort Collins CO
35       Southern Tier Brewing Co., Lakewood NY
36       Ninkasi Brewing Co., Eugene OR
37       Flying Dog Brewery, Frederick MD
38       Uinta Brewing Co., Salt Lake City UT
39       Bear Republic Brewing Co., Cloverdale CA
40       Left Hand Brewing Co., Longmont CO
41       21st Amendment Brewery Café, San Francisco
42       Allagash Brewing Co., Portland ME
43       Lost Coast Brewery and Café, Eureka CA
44       Troegs Brewing Co., Hershey PA
45       Karl Strauss Brewing Co., San Diego CA
46       Saint Arnold Brewing Co., Houston TX
47       Narragansett Brewing Co., Providence RI
48       Green Flash Brewing Co., San Diego CA
49       Craftworks Restaurants & Breweries, Inc.,
            Chattanooga & Louisville TN/CO
50       Breckenridge Brewery,  Denver CO

* (Based on 2014 beer sales volume)
Statistics provided by the Brewers Association (BA)—the not-for-profit trade group representing small and independent craft brewers.

 “The companies on this list include the vanguard of the craft industry,” said Bart Watson, chief economist, Brewers Association. “They are exposing new beer lovers to craft, opening new markets and creating opportunities for the entire category. As they continue to grow, so will the availability of innovative and high-quality beers produced for all to enjoy.” 

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