Pottsville Based Yuengling Becomes Largest U.S.-Owned Brewery

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D.G. Yuengling and Son, which proudly bills itself as America’s oldest brewery, has something new to brag about.

The Pottsville company, whose sales surged last year when it entered Ohio, has become the largest American beer-maker by surpassing Boston Beer in 2011 sales.

That’s right. A beer launched by a German immigrant in 1829 to quench the thirst of Pennsylvania coal miners can claim a distinction once held by Anheuser-Busch, maker of the iconic Budweiser brand, which got gobbled up by a Belgian company a few years ago.

It’s a surprising story about how an underdog prevailed while much larger American brewers fell under foreign ownership. Even beer market experts could not have foreseen such rapid changes.

Read more: http://www.mcall.com/business/mc-allentown-yuengling-sales-20120112,0,287571.story

Duquesne Beer Production Restarted At City Brewing In Latrobe

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A legendary Pennsylvania beer began production in Latrobe last month. 

Duquesne Beer was formerly brewed on Pittsburgh’s South Side.  It was Pennsylvania’s top-selling beer in the 1950’s.  Referred to as the “Prince of Pilsner”, this beer was brewed from 1899 until 1972 when production was halted.  Now an Upper St. Clair man has relaunched the brand. 

City Brewing in Latrobe started making Iron City Beer last year when the Pittsburgh Brewing Company closed their Lawrenceville plant.  Duquesne Beer can be added to production using the same number of workers.  The Latrobe plant employs 110 people.  

The Latrobe Brewery is the former location where Rolling Rock beer was brewed from 1939 until 2006 when Anheuser-Busch moved Rolling Rock production to New Jersey.  Anheuser-Busch announced it was considering selling the Rolling Rock brand in 2009! 

Allentown Beverage has ordered Duquesne Beer for local distribution and you can expect to be able to purchase the “Prince of Pilsner’ in the Lehigh Valley by this weekend.  A case will run about $16.00. 

Glad to see another Pennsylvania brand coming back to life