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“Exceptional”

D.G. Yuengling and Son Brewery
Ranked #1 of 11 things to do in Pottsville
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: It was the year 1829 when Americans were getting used to their newly elected president, Andrew Jackson, that 23-year old David G. Yuengling, an immigrant from Wurttemberg, Germany, settled in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, and started a brewery. Originally named the Eagle Brewery, today the Yuengling pride, symbolic of the American Eagle. Each Yuengling label bears the eagle trademark chosen by young David Yuengling so long ago. Previously located on Centre Street, current site of Pottsville's after only two years of operation. A new brewery was then constructed on Mahantongo Street, where operations continue today. The brewery remains family operated by Richard "Dick" Yuengling, Jr. and his daughters are being groomed as the sixth generation.
York
Level 5 Contributor
67 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Exceptional”
Reviewed August 21, 2012

The tour exceeded our expectations. Our guide was humorous and delightful. We loved the sense of stepping back into time. There are many steps but we did not find the tour difficult. Our tour started early to accommodate the sizable crowd. It was nice to start early and be with a manageable group.

Visited August 2012
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Orlando, Florida
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51 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Simply outstanding!”
Reviewed August 9, 2012

A great look into America's oldest brewery - up close and personal. There is no standing behind glass looking at the operations - you are right in the middle of it. There is a significant amount of walking and stairs, so be ready and like the other reviewers said, wear regular shoes. Parking is also an issue. Be prepared to find a spot on the street and walk up the hill. Our tour guide was the best (knowledgeable and humorous) providing an extremely interesting history lesson on the establishment and growth of the brewery, as well as insight into its daily operations. And don't forget the tasting room, which is rather small but in perfect character.

Visited July 2012
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Best Brewery Tour”
Reviewed August 5, 2012

Unlike other brewery tours the Yuengling Tour takes you on the floor of the actual working brewery. You are there while they are actually making and bottling the beer. They take you down into the caves that they used to lager the beer in. The best part of the whole thing is its free! Making the trip up to Pottsville is worth the drive to experience this.

Visited August 2012
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Clover, South Carolina, United States
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14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Fun!”
Reviewed August 3, 2012

We really enjoyed our tour of America's oldest brewery! Our guide was very knowledgeable about the history of the company and made the tour very interesting. We even got to take home a souvenir as they were giving away the bungs (plugs) from the kegs they were no longer using. Pretty neat! As mentioned in other reviews, be sure to wear enclosed shoes as it is an OSHA requirement to tour the facility. At the end of the tour they gave out two samples of the beer for those 21 and over and had root beer for those not of age. A fun tour if you have a couple of hours to spare, and best of all, completely free!

Visited June 2012
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Karthaus
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“FREE FREE FREE!!!”
Reviewed July 28, 2012

If you have a day off and want to have some cheap cool fun....... This is the place to go. FIRST thing WEAR COMPLETELY ENCLOSED SHOES. If you think that you can "slide by" with your flip flops or clogs, Forget it. They have some "USED" shoes you can borrow, (ewwwwwww) but proper shoes are a must. The place is like frozen in time. It was unreal. The gift shop is cool with T-shirts for 10 bucks and higher. The tour gude JoAnn was awesome. Exceptionally informative and outstandingly entertaining. Be prepared for some good natured ribbing!! The caves were so awesome, the murals and stain glass beautiful and the beer at the end was ice cold!! Prepare yourself for lots of steps and obnoxiously HOT temps upstairs. Parking is available on the street or a garage at the end of the block. If you like beer, you will love this experience!!

Visited July 2012
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