David Yuengling

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David Gottlieb Yuengling
Born David Gottlob Jüngling
March 2, 1808
Aldingen, Kingdom of Württemberg (now Germany)
Died September 27, 1877(1877-09-27) (aged 69)
Pottsville, Pennsylvania, US
Residence Pottsville, Pennsylvania, US
Nationality American
Known for Founder, Yuengling
Children Frederick Yuengling
David G. Yuengling, Jr.

David Gottlieb Yuengling (March 2, 1808 – September 27, 1877) was an American businessman and brewer, the founder and first president of America's oldest brewery, D. G. Yuengling & Son.

Early life[edit]

He was born David Gottlob Jüngling on March 2, 1808, Aldingen, Kingdom of Württemberg, where his father operated the local brewery.[1] His older brother Jakob inherited the family brewery, leaving Yuengling with limited career prospects. He emigrated to the United States via Rotterdam.


Yuengling came to Pottsville, Pennsylvania, the location of a thriving anthracite mine, and started a brewery in 1829, calling it the Eagle Brewery.[2] Yuengling brewed British-style ales initially, and later introduced German-style lager.[1]

His son David G. Yuengling, Jr. founded the James River Steam Brewery.


  1. ^ a b Reichardt, Eike. "David Gottlieb Yuengling." In Immigrant Entrepreneurship: German-American Business Biographies, 1720 to the Present, vol. 1, edited by Marianne S. Wokeck. German Historical Institute. Last modified November 13, 2014.
  2. ^ "Yuengling of Pottsville: America's Oldest Brewery". beerhistory. Retrieved October 10, 2015.