10 oldest beers in America

By: Sanjay Verma

10. Point Special Lager

Established in 1857, Stevens Point Brewery, Wisconsin, changed ownership over the years. Gustav Kuenzel took over in 1902, renaming it. Point Special Lager, the brewery's flagship, originated in its first year and remains a favorite.

9. Weinhard’s Private Reserve

Henry Weinhard, a pioneer brewer from Lindenbronn, introduced Weinhard's Private Reserve in Oregon. After various brewing experiences across the US, he founded it in Portland on April 1, 1856. MillerCoors later acquired Weinhard's Private Reserve.

8. McSorley’s

Founded in 1854 by John McSorley, McSorley's Old Ale House is NYC's oldest active saloon, visited by luminaries like President Lincoln and John Lennon. Now owned by Pabst Brewing Company.

7. Stroh’s

Established in 1850 by Bernhard Stroh, Lion’s Head Brewery, originating in Michigan, was acquired by Pabst Brewing Company in 1999. The brewery's signature beer still carries the founder's family name.

6. Schlitz

Founded in 1849 in Milwaukee, Schlitz became the world's largest brewery by 1902. It introduced innovations like the brown bottle and the 16 oz. "tall boy" beer can. Pabst Brewing Company acquired Schlitz in 1999.

5. Old Milwaukee

Old Milwaukee, brewed in Milwaukee, Wisconsin since 1849, has changed ownership from Schlitz Brewing Company to Stroh's and is now owned by the Pabst Brewing Company. In 1980, they introduced Old Milwaukee Light, a low-calorie version.

4. Blatz Beer

Blatz Beer, born in Wisconsin in 1846, started as City Brewery, founded by John Braun. It later merged with Valentine Blatz's brewery, becoming a major producer in Milwaukee. Now owned by Pabst Brewing Company.

3. Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer

Established in 1844, Pabst Blue Ribbon, originally called Best Select Lager, gained fame by adorning its beer bottles with blue ribbons after winning international awards. In 1898, it officially adopted the name Pabst Blue Ribbon. Owned by Pabst Brewing Company.

2. Schaefer

Prussian brothers Frederick and Maximilian Schaefer founded F&M Schaefer Brewing Company in New York in 1842. The brand is now owned by Pabst Brewing Company after the Brooklyn factory closed in 1976.

1. Yuengling Lord Chesterfield Ale

Founded in 1829 by David G. Yuengling in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, Yuengling is considered the oldest brewery in the US. It was initially named Eagle Brewery but became D.G. Yuengling & Son in 1873. During Prohibition, the brewery turned to selling dairy products to stay afloat.

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