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Fun Fact Friday: 5 Oldest Breweries in the United States

As much as we love all of the amazing craft breweries that keep cropping up around the great state of Texas, we also thought it important to remember the ones who laid the groundwork for great modern beers. The companies that pioneered beer making in the United States. The ones with the grit and gumption to survive the Prohibition, Great Depression, and more. Here’s to America and the 5 oldest breweries in all the land:


5. Anheuser-Busch

Founded in St. Louis, Missouri in 1852, Anheuser-Busch has put fortitude and innovation into being the King of Beers. We can thank them for delicious Budweiser beer, the invention of refrigerated railcars, and figuring out how to increase a beer’s shelf life through pasteurization.


4. Minhas Craft Brewery

Wisconsinites know a thing or two about perseverance, pressing on through chilly Northern winters every year. Apply that same level of perseverance to the beer industry, and you’ve got a brewery that’s now been in existence for 171 years! Founded in 1845, Minhas Craft Brewery has been in the same Southern Wisconsin facility since its founding, growing to span 3 city blocks today.


3. Pabst Brewing Company


Another Wisconsin brewery, Pabst has been in existence since 1844. Over the years, Pabst has gone by many different names. First, it was Empire Brewery, then Best & Sons. When the sons left to start Miller Brewing Company and Phillip Best passed away and left the brewery to his daughter’s husband Frederick Pabst, the brewery became Pabst Brewing Company.


2. F & M Schaefer Brewing Company


Founded in 1842, Schaefer Brewing Company is still in operation, but owned by Pabst. Schaefer’s most notable contribution to the beer world is that it’s the home of the oldest American lager.


1. Yuengling


American’s oldest brewery, D.G. Yuengling & Son was founded in 1829 by a German immigrant in Pottsville, Pennsylvania. Still operating out of the same building they’ve been in since 1831, Yuengling is the 4th largest beer distributor in the United States. It’s hard to get a hold of this beer in Texas, as they only distribute to 14 states, but taking a sip of their traditional lager is like taking a sip of history.


The Nodding Donkey may not have all of these old school brews in house, but you can bet we’re stocked with plenty of domestics, imports, and craft beers to drink to your heart’s content. See you this week at The Nodding Donkey for Dallas drink specials!