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Yuengling Expanding to Memphis

Philly Ray Oct 16, 2010 08:39 AM


  1. The Professor Oct 16, 2010 03:09 PM

    This is great, and I'm happy for them. I've always liked their beers (especially the Chesterfiled Ale and their Porter...and this year, their re-introduced Bock beer). Considering the shape the company was in in the mid 70's, they've made quite a comeback indeed.
    If in this latest expansion they are able to keep the level of quality up in their products, they will do quite well. I'd love to see them become a national brand by the time their 200th anniversary rolls around. Their beers are a refreshing change from a lot of the stuff coming out these days, and sometimes it's nice to have a well made beer that doesn't assault your senses with overdone flavors.

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    1. re: The Professor
      MGZ Oct 16, 2010 03:30 PM

      Cheers, Doc.

    2. digkv Oct 17, 2010 10:45 PM

      Never had yuengling being from the west coast. It sounds like a large scale "macrobrewer" though. is it any good for one of those large brewers? Better than Sam? or would you consider most micros to be better?

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      1. re: digkv
        MGZ Oct 18, 2010 06:37 AM

        Yuengling is unique. I’m not sure I’d categorize it as a “macro,” if only due to the fact that its practically been the standard bearer in the struggle against the true macros. A comparison to Sam misses the mark a bit as well, since Yuengling’s beers are simpler, less fussy products. They do not produce craft beers. Instead, I’d call them “throwback” beers – pre-prohibition styles initially geared to the tastes of the Americanized German population in central/eastern Pennsylvania. Today, they’re all available for less than a buck a bottle.

        In some ways, I suppose Yuengling holds a romanticized place in the hearts of many beer lovers of a certain age. Its distribution was very regional the 70s and 80s. If you were lucky enough to stumble across it, it was a taste of a different world – fresh, seemingly unique brews for less than the price of Budweiser. Seeing their growth and success now, after having been in that beat up old facility in Pottsville, is welcome – sort of like the way you’d feel watching the Brewers make it to the World Series or the Lions the Super Bowl.

        Odd thing is, I don’t really like the Lager much and that’s the beer that resuscitated the brewery and helped fuel the East Coast micro movement. I do like Chetty though – that funky, somewhat tart, mildly bitter ale is an old friend indeed. At the end of the day, I suppose, take the chance to taste them when you can.

        1. re: MGZ
          digkv Oct 18, 2010 10:42 AM

          gee thanks MGZ, that's a beautiful description and now I really do look forward to try some! Yeunglin sounds amazing, it's a shame that's it's so difficult to get it here in CA.

          1. re: MGZ
            monkeyrotica Nov 5, 2010 08:56 AM

            I also don't care for the lager, but I really enjoy their Black & Tan. I wish their Premium was available around DC, but I've never been able to find it.

            1. re: MGZ
              deet13 Nov 10, 2010 01:07 AM

              The first time I remember drinking Yuengling was up in Philly in the 80's, at a KoC clubhouse with my brother's father in-law. The first time I drank it, the flavor of the lager surprised me. I enjoy the lager's bitter bite; but, the Black and Tan is probably my favorite Yuengling brew.

              Interestingly, the brewery down here in Tampa has been doing workshops and classes for home-brewers since they took over from the old Pabst crew back in the mid-90's.

              1. re: deet13
                JessKidden Nov 10, 2010 02:35 AM

                The Tampa brewery was bought from Stroh, in 1999. Pabst only ran it for a few years, in the mid-1980's, in what was an interesting move when Pabst and Stroh "traded breweries". Pabst, which owned the former Hamm's brewery in St. Paul (they'd bought Olympia, which owned Hamm's) had too much capacity in the mid-West, but needed a southern brewery since Heileman had purchased their modern plant in what was then called Pabst, GA (it soon reverted to it's old name, Perry, GA).

                Stroh was about to close their home brewery in Detroit and needed another mid-West facility and was under FTC anti-trust orders to sell off some of their breweries they'd bought with their Schlitz purchase. So Pabst and Stroh "traded" the two breweries, St. Paul for Tampa. As Pabst collapsed and Stroh (temporarily) continued to rise, they later wound up buying the Tampa plant back and ran it until they threw in the towel all together on the brewing business, and sold it to Yuengling.


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            cb1 Nov 11, 2010 08:57 AM

            I love Yuengling. It's my go to beer. I see others aren't fond of the Lager, but that happens to be my favorite. It's as cheap as the Coors, Bud, Miller beers.....but oh so much better. Someone mentioned Sam Adams, and I do love the SA Boston Lager, but I'd still prefer a simple Yuengling. I had read one of you use the tem "lawnmower beer" in another post, well this is that beer.

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            1. re: cb1
              Jim Dorsch Nov 12, 2010 07:29 PM

              Yuengling is certainly a great value, priced like Bud, as you mention, but with a bit more going on in the beer.

              1. re: Jim Dorsch
                The Professor Nov 12, 2010 09:19 PM

                All of the above, and I can't help but l love the fact that despite all odds and fierce competition in a lately rapidly crowding field, this has been a successful family owned business since 1829 (and almost incredibly revitalized in the last 35 years) and is set to remain a private family owned company so for the forseeable future.
                I hope that when Dick Yuengling passes the torch on to his daughters, that they will be as effective custodians of the family jewel as Dick has been. The growth that the company has undergone on his watch is truly remarkable, and it's quite a unique and special legacy they will be inheriting!

                1. re: The Professor
                  Mayor of Melonville Nov 13, 2010 04:35 PM

                  I recall a TV piece recently where he stated his daughters are not interested in the family biz. It would be a shame to have the company thrown up for grabs.

                  FWIW, some of the styles from the original brewery in PA are not produced in the ancillary locations. That said, the Yuengling products found up and down the Coast are far superior to Bud, etc.

                  1. re: Mayor of Melonville
                    JessKidden Nov 14, 2010 02:06 AM

                    "I recall a TV piece recently where he stated his daughters are not interested in the family biz."

                    The WSJ articles about the Memphis brewery purchase noted that two of the four daughters work for the brewing company, so they're interested enough to do that.
                    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001... (last paragraph).

                2. re: Jim Dorsch
                  Mayor of Melonville Nov 13, 2010 04:36 PM

                  Jim, it's even available here in Dublin, GA at Ruby Tuesday.


              2. TroyTempest Nov 16, 2010 10:16 AM

                Interesting little blurb on NPR about the brewery yesterday, including a few words from Dick Yuengling.

                1. Pylon Dec 18, 2010 07:13 AM

                  The original like is dead. WSJ link is good, but nothing about the planned expansion of service areas. Anyone seen anything on it? I live in STL, and look forward to work trip to NC where I can get this beer. I'd love to see them get a distributor here. I don't know anyone that has tried it and not liked it.

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                  1. re: Pylon
                    JessKidden Dec 18, 2010 10:17 AM

                    Looks like the deal is "stalled" - the owner, Hardy, isn't being too communicative. She had actually gone to the local industrial board and claimed she was about to re-open the brewery a few days before the potential sale was announced (previously she had only been using the bottling line and was a Coors distributor).



                    Some of the initial articles mentioned potential expansion states (like returning to New England, and to PA's only neighboring state w/o Yuengling, Ohio) but they seemed more like reporter/industry speculation than actual Yuengling information.

                    I noticed a funny thing the other day on a Beer Advocate thread about favorite "cheap beers" - most of the people who listed Yuengling didn't live in Yuengling's distribution area. Hmm...

                    1. re: JessKidden
                      Philly Ray Dec 18, 2010 10:21 AM

                      A lot of Yuengling fans attended college in the Philadelphia area. When they left Philly after college, they carried the memory with them.

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