America’s oldest brewery recently surpassed Boston Brewing Company to become the number one U.S. manufacturer of beer. After the acquisition of Anheuser Busch by InBev in 2008, Boston Brewing took the number one spot due to its distribution across the entire nation. But in 2011, Yuengling, based in Pottsville Pennsylvania, overtook the makers of Samuel Adams thanks to its expansion into Ohio. Its beers can be found throughout the East coast with distribution stretching as far west as Tennessee and Alabama, though even with Yuengling’s limited reach, it outsold every other American beer manufacturer.
“It just floors me that so much of our beer industry is owned by foreign concerns,” said Dick Yuengling, the company’s fifth-generation owner. “We were not in any race to be the largest domestically owned brewer, but it’s a tremendous honor for us.”
It’s great to see American beer companies gaining ground and this is further proof that the days of Miller and Bud will soon be numbered.