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#1. What is the oldest active brewery in America?
D.G. Yuengling & Son has been brewing beer at Pottsville, Pennsylvania since 1829, ranking it as America's oldest brewery. Founder David Yuengling carved aging cellars deep into the rocky hillside on which the brewery is perched. During prohibition, the company made near beer (de-alcoholized beer) and dairy products. Today, the brewery is still in the hands of the Yuengling family, and is experiencing its greatest success yet.
#2. What brewery was America's largest in 1895?
The Pabst Brewing Company of Milwaukee was the nation's largest brewery in 1895. (Anheuser-Busch was number 2, and Schlitz was number 3.) At the helm of the Pabst brewing empire was the colorful Captain Frederick Pabst, a former Lake Michigan steamship captain. His vision and relentless drive for expanding markets carried Pabst to the top. Near the end of the 19th century, the Pabst Brewery was turning out more than one million barrels of beer annually, and using some 300,000 yards of blue ribbon each year to tie around the bottle necks of its popular Pabst Blue Ribbon brand. Though Pabst no longer brews in Milwaukee, its flagship "PBR" remains an American favorite still today.
#3. What was the first American brewery to sell beer in cans?
In 1935, the G. Krueger Brewing Company of Newark, New Jersey became the first brewer to market beer in steel cans. In that year, only about 25 percent of beer was packaged in bottles and cans -- the rest was kegged. Today, however, about 90 percent of America's beer production is consumed from bottles and cans.