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Yuengling Brewery
February 2013
On the way home from Jim Thorpe, we were looking for something to do. Thanks to the iPad and free Hampton Inn wi-fi, we found that the Yuengling Brewery offered tours. I'm not a beer drinker, but factory tours have always been something we enjoy, so we stopped in Pottsville and took the tour. The tour was much better than we even expected. The tour was about an hour and half long and the very knowledgable guide took us everywhere from the brewing and bottling areas to the caves under the brewery. It all ended up with free beer samples. It's definitely worth a visit if you're ever in the area.

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01 Ice on Mountain 02 Schuylkill County Courthouse 04 Yuengling's Ice Cream Building
I thought only glacial ice was blue, but there was plenty of spectacular blue ice on the mountains as we headed south
The Schuylkill County Courthouse is an imposing structure
During prohibition Yuengling made ice cream
05 Yuengling's Ice Cream Building 06 Yuengling Brewery Exterior 07 Oldest Brewery Sign
During prohibition Yuengling made ice cream
The Yuengling Brewery is built right into the hill
Yuengling is america's oldest brewery
08 Keg Filler 09 Cave 11 Brick Wall in Cave
This is how beer kegs were filled a very long time agoi
The hand dug caves under the Yuengling Brewery were once used to keep the beer cool
This brick wall in the hand dug caves under the Yuengling Brewery was built by the government at the beginning of prohibition
12 Ladder in Cave 16 Old Kegs 17 Original Kegs
The hand dug caves under the Yuengling Brewery were once used to keep the beer cool
Some very old Yuengling kegs
These kegs make the ones in the previous picture look modern!
20 Murals and Stained Glass Ceiling 21 Tank Interior 22 Hop Storage
The stained glass ceiling was installed in the breweing room to cut down on glare from the original copper kettles
Interior oif a breweing kettle. No brewring was going on because it was a holiday.
You've got to store the hops somewhere
23 Government Cellar 24 Bottling Plant 25 Bottling Plant
The government cellar is where the government tracks beer output and taxes Yuengling accordingly
The Yuengling bottling plant was idle the day we were there due to the holiday
The Yuengling bottling plant was idle the day we were there due to the holiday
26 Bottling Plant 29 Bottling Plant 32 Yuengling Eagle
The Yuengling bottling plant was idle the day we were there due to the holiday
The Yuengling bottling plant was idle the day we were there due to the holiday
Only one tour guest banged his head into the Yeungling eagle in the tap room after sampling the beers
33 Tap Room 38 St Patrick's Church & Yuengling Brewery 39 St Patrick's Church
The tour concludes in the Yuengling tap room so you can sample a few beers
The Yuengling brewery is built close (8 inches!) from St. Patrick's church
The Yuengling brewery is built close (8 inches!) from St. Patrick's church
40 St Patrick's Church & Yuengling Brewery 41 Yuengling Brewery Exterior 42 Downtown Pottsville
The Yuengling brewery is built close (8 inches!) from St. Patrick's church
America's oldest brewery from the outside
Downtown Pottsville has a lot of cool building facades
43 Good Intent Fire Company
Good Intent Fire Fire Company house in Pottsville

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