Yuengling returns to Boston.
So Yuengling beer will be back in March. I went to the introductory bash. Huge buzz. I've had it, just ok IMHO. What am I missing? I'm not from a Yuengling area so maybe I just don't have a soft spot for it. Any thoughts?
It's the Gansett of Pennsylvania: a perfectly serviceable beer with a strong nostalgic pull for those who grew up with it.
And like Gansett, whose seasonal beers are all superior to the flagship beer (I like Naragansett Bock as much as Shiner Bock, and I say that as a Texan, speaking of hometown loyalty), Yuengling Black and Tan is a much tastier beer than the lager.
re: Jenny Ondioline
+1 for the Black & Tan.
I'd call it halfway between Naragansett and Sam Adams (at least Sam of 10-15 years ago when I saw it a lot less outside the Boston area, and you only ever saw the Boston Lager). A good, large-production, regional beer.
And as someone who went to college in the Philly area, it was drastically cheaper than anything else in its quality range -- it wasn't that much more per keg than the big national cheap beers, and much better, so it showed up at parties a lot when people actually cared how the beer tasted. At the prices it will probably command in Boston, I'll get a 6-pack of Black and Tan for nostalgia, and then probably never buy it again.
Most Yuengling enthusiasts hail from the Pennsylvania area. I think it's mainly regional loyalty and nostalgia as well as a certain myth that gets created when a product isn't regionally available.
I also think it's important to categorize it properly. Yuengling is a cheap macrobeer (although not sure what pricing will be like here.) I definitely prefer Yuengling to budweiser and the like, however if I'm drinking cheap macros, it's usually ___ light, and I'm usually not drinking for taste. If you start comparing Yuengling to a good craft beer, you will be sorely disappointed.
Its a nice drinking beer. More character than bud/miller/coors et al.
No pretensions at being a craft beer.
Just a nice beer.