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Yuengling to buy old Coors brewery in Memphis

October 15, 2010 By: grant Category: Beer in the news, Breweries, Memphis

Great news from The Commercial Appeal today: It looks like D.G. Yuengling is poised to take over the old Molson Coors brewery in Memphis.

Yuengling, the oldest American-owned brewery in the United States (pop quiz: which is the biggest?), would expand its brewery operations from its original Pottsville, Pa., location and newer brewery in Tampa, Fla., to include the 1.3 million-square-foot facility off of Raines in southeast Memphis.

The whole deal makes me a little nostalgic for my time in undergrad and the couple subsequent years I still lived in Morgantown, W.Va. Yuengling wasn’t sold in that state, so my buddy and I would drive across the border to a little distributer in an alley behind a church in Point Marion, Pa., and stock up on Yuengling Lager and Lord Chesterfield Ale.

If the deal goes though, which it looks like it will, it means excellent jobs for Memphis. Beer jobs!

The other two breweries offer free tours, so I’m hoping we’ll get the same here in Memphis. It could also mean all of Yuengling’s brews are more widely distributed in the city and the Mid-South. I drank a couple Black & Tan’s last night to build up a little good karma. Yum.

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