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10 breweries that are still making beer, centuries later

By: Josh Lew on April 24, 2014, 10:53 a.m.
Yuengling Brewery, Pennsylvania

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Yuengling Brewery, Pennsylvania

Though it is almost 800 years younger than the two German spots just mentioned, Yuengling Brewery, in Pottsville, Penn., does have the distinction of being the oldest brewery still in operation in the United States. Originally called the Eagle Brewery, it opened in 1829 under the ownership of a German immigrant named David Jungling (“Yuengling” is the Americanized spelling of his name). 

The company survived prohibition by making beer that had only 0.5 percent alcohol.  Despite remaining relatively small, Yuengling has enjoyed a lot of success over the years. It has bought-out other local and regional beer brands and also opened other breweries (which were eventually merged with the original Pottsville plant).Yuengling boasts at least one very famous fan: President Obama claims that it is his favorite brand of beer.