Who founded the nation’s first microbrewery?
Jack McAuliffe founded the nation’s first microbrewery, New Albion Brewing, in 1978. McAuliffe designed and built much of New Albion’s equipment, but he also relied on material that he salvaged from scrap yards. His brewery inspired the craft beer, microbrewing, and brewpub movements which began in the 1980’s and continue to the present day.
What is the oldest active brewery in America?
D.G. Yuengling & Son has been brewing beer in 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.
What is a Firkin?