Tap Into America’s Beer-Making History During March, ‘National Beer Month,’ in Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 17 /PRNewswire/ — “America’s Oldest Brewery,” the enigmatic number “33″ and the “Eternal Tap” have played significant roles in the rich history of beer. During “National Beer Month,” they’ll be part of the focus of 177 years of beer-making traditions in Pennsylvania, the self- proclaimed national capital of beer.

In the annals of beer history, perhaps the most well-known brewery is the Yuengling Brewery in Pottsville, Pa., “America’s Oldest Brewery” since 1829. The company’s original founder, David G. Yuengling, brought his brewing expertise from his home country of Germany, and Yuengling fans can still visit the original factory. Go to http://www.yuengling.com/ for hours and tour information.

One of America’s greatest beer tales unfolded in 1939 in the Laurel Highlands at the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains, a place where fresh spring water tumbles over rocks into crystal-clear pools. That’s when Rolling Rock, inspired by the “heart and soul” of Latrobe, began brewing beer. What about that mysterious “33″ on the every bottle of Rolling Rock? Some claim it stands for the year Prohibition was repealed, others say that it stands for the number of words on the label’s quality promise to consumers. “Rock” enthusiasts can try to find out for themselves with a visit to the brewery. Go to http://www.rollingrock.com/ for hours and tour information.

And then there is the fountain of youth for beer drinkers, the “Eternal Tap,” located at Straub Brewery in St. Marys, Elk County. Well worth the trip through the beautiful Pennsylvania Wilds region, some beer historians claim the beer from the “Eternal Tap” is the freshest beer they’ve ever tasted, made with 100-percent-natural brewing ingredients. Go to http://www.straubbeer.com/ for hours and tour information.

Of course, there are many more breweries and microbreweries in Pennsylvania. To celebrate National Beer Month in the State of Independence, find one on the Internet at http://www.visitpa.com/.

Interested in exploring big city brews? Sample brewery road trip itineraries like the “Three Rivers – of Beer!” through Pittsburgh and “Toasting the City of Brotherly Love” through Philadelphia, as well as several beer-themed travel packages available at http://www.visitpa.com/.

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