Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Philadelphia County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
IN RECENT YEARS, our fair city has been called America’s fattest (Men’s Fitness magazine), its second-dirtiest (Travel + Leisure magazine) and rudest among Twitter users (the online news site Mashable).
Well, cheer up. Now comes word that the website AMOG.com – it stands for Alpha Male of the Group – ranks Philly No. 3 on its list of 10 cities in America that brew the best beer, behind winner Portland, Ore., and Denver.
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.