American competition

Finally, some good news!

At least, a rumor of good news, which is the next best thing.

It appears that my favorite beer -- Yuengling -- might just be inching closer to Michigan. Of all the things I miss about Pennsylvania, Yuengling is at the top of the list. For reasons that are not entirely clear, while the company's marketing turf has been expanded north and south, something has long stopped the product from being distributed west of the PA border. I realize that getting the beer into Michigan might be asking too much, but I would settle for Ohio, because Toledo is easy driving distance from Ann Arbor.

Yuengling is not only an American-owned company, but Yuengling is this country's oldest beer -- family owned and operated since 1829. (It is the now the "second second largest American-owned brewery after the Boston Beer Company, makers of Sam Adams beer.")

Budweiser and Miller like to pose as American beers, but both companies are owned by foreign conglomerates. I find their beers almost as boring as their tedious advertising.

It's nice to have domestic competition sneaking up on them.

posted by Eric on 03.29.11 at 09:15 AM


Anheuser-Busch was only recently bought out by a foreign conglomerate (much to the shock and dismay of the people of my home town, St. Louis. Actually, shock and dismay are rather an understatement... we were PISSED!) And it makes some very nice products, but you have to go out of the "Budweiser" line to find them... I quite like the Michelob Amber Bock, and there are some other specialty brews that they make which are also good (to my own palate, anyway).

John S.   ·  March 29, 2011 10:14 AM

Thanks John. I'll check that out. Right now I buy Stroh's, which is no longer made in Detroit, but it's still quite good.

Eric Scheie   ·  March 29, 2011 12:34 PM

Your mileage may vary, of course, and I certainly don't have the most developed palate for beer, but I like it. However, I was toying with the idea of boycotting A-B when they were taken over by InBev. I didn't do it because a large boycott would hurt St. Louis's economy, but I've become rather cool towards things Belgian (where InBev is headquartered), and also things Brazilian (where InBev's owners are apparently from).

John S.   ·  March 29, 2011 4:35 PM

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