An Homage to Yuengling, Women and the Beginning of Beer
What if we told you that one of the oldest beer recipes’ is etched on a clay tablet?
Being one of the oldest beverages consumed by people, the enjoyment of beer dates back to 5000 BC. Welcome to the beginning of beer.
A HISTORY LESSON
Bread, wheat and cereal were all staples in Egyptian and Mesopotamian culture. Yeast in the air combining with the natural sugars in those cereals created unplanned fermentation. Archaeologists have even discovered beer residue in ancient pottery and ceramic bowls. In what is now modern Iran, beer produced and stored in these pottery jars are known as the first biological engineering projects ever recorded.
The majority of ancient beer was brewed by women. The oldest beer recipe, etched on a clay tablet, also happened to be a hymn to Ninkasi, the goddess of beer. This hymn helped the brewers remember the core beer recipe.Women were always depicted brewing beer in artwork during that time period. Having a goddess devoted to beer and the process of making it also showed the incredible importance of women in the early beer industry.
AMERICA’S OLDEST BREWERY
David Jungling, an immigrant from Germany, started The Eagle Brewery in 1829 in Pottsville, PA. In 1831, The Eagle Brewery burned down. They switched locations (the same location today), rebuilt and changed the name to D.G. Yuengling and Son. Fast forward to the 1920s: the long winding years of Prohibition in the United States. Prohibition hit hard for many businesses and breweries. Yuengling stayed afloat by producing something called “near beers”, or, beers with little to no alcohol in them. The famous Yuengling near beers were Yuengling Special, Yuengling Por-Tor, and Yuengling Juvo, an early energy drink.
After prohibition ended, Yuengling sent a full truck of “Winner Beer” to President Roosevelt to celebrate. Amidst the changing of the times, Yuengling was always on the forefront of innovation. The company evolved by creating different styles of beer and continuously changing with the times.
Yuengling is the OG American beer, so it’s only natural that we have it tapped on our beer wall. Come on in and enjoy the brew and revel in the fact that you’re drinking a piece of history.