Thursday, January 25, 2007

Yuengling Lord Chesterfield Ale

Yuengling Lord Chesterfield Ale

Brewed with select hops to produce a zesty hop aroma and a distinctive robust flavor. Chesterfield Ale is light gold in color with mild lingering herbal hop bitterness, flavor, and aroma. This ale's style is characterized by a citrusy American hop character. Unique in that it uses both conventional kettle hopping and dry hopping after fermentation for a dry, sharp finish. Moderate maltiness with a medium body supports the hop character. With each pour, this is a bright golden ale combining an excellent balance of sweet maltiness and mild bitterness with a lightly laced foam head.

D.G. Yuengling & Son, commonly called Yuengling, of Pottsville, PA, is the oldest brewing company in the United States
, having been established in 1829, and is one of the largest breweries by volume in the country. Yuengling's trademarked phrase "America's Oldest Brewery" refers to the U.S. only, as the Canadian brand Molson, founded in 1786, is the oldest in North America.

Yuengling is pronounce 'Ying-Ling', which may give a false impression of a Chinese instead of German origin. The family-owned brewery has traditionally changed ownership through the purchase of the company by the offspring of the previous owner. Besides its two Pennsylvania facilities, Yuengling also operates a brewery in Tampa, Florida.

Many years ago, my family drove to Pottsville to visit the Yuengling Brewery. We took the tour and then sat in the 'Tavern Room' to taste beer ... many beers. Years later a friend and I drove to Pottsville ... due to following a slow truck on a hilly landscape, we missed the tour by 15 minutes. Dick Yuengling (deceased) taking pity on us, took my friend and me on our own private tour and later, once again, we sat in the Tavern Room 'tasting' all the beer. My personal favorite: Lord Chesterfield Ale. Crisp, rich and full bodied. A true classic.

Yuengling Brewery

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