Republican Herald: Yuengling Named America's Largest Independent Beer-Maker

From the Republican Herald:

According to a magazine that tracks the beer industry, Pottsville's D.G. Yuengling & Son Inc. has become the nation's largest independent beer-maker.

"It's nice to be recognized as the largest privately held, family-owned beer-maker in America. But for us, success is about longevity and our drive to continue to grow," David A. Casinelli, Yueng-ling's chief operating officer, said Friday.

According to Beer Marketer's Insights, based in Suffern, N.Y., Yuengling sold 2.5 million barrels of beer in 2011, 17 percent more than in 2010.

Previously, Boston Beer, which produces Samuel Adams and has a plant in Fogelsville, held the title. But in 2011, it sold 2.4 million barrels, according to the magazine.

Meanwhile, Anheuser-Busch InBev remains the dominant U.S. sales leader, selling 98.8 million barrels in 2011, according to the magazine.

Casinelli said that sort of larger corporation - which brews beer in the United States but is owned by foreign interests - are Yuengling's true competition.

Anheuser-Busch InBev is a publicly traded company based in Leuven, Belgium.


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