The featured beer painting of the day is of Yuengling Traditional Lager! Yuengling is America’s oldest, continually operating brewery, operating since 1829, still making beer the old-fashioned way! I received two cans of this particularly nice product in the mail from Florida, of all places! Thank you, Alex! I was ecstatic! I have this love for American Lager and I really wanted to try the original Yuengling! I was not let down. Since I had two cans, I decided to try the beer first, to make sure it’s good enough to be included in the Year or Beer project, so I loaded it into my backpack and biked to a couple of parties. The first party was a salmon bake, and I drank porter there, then I made my way to the end-of-the-season party for the McCarthy Saloon where free beer was flowing. So I didn’t get to try the Yuengling until I returned home. I am glad I was prudent enough to unpack my bag right away, because the can was somehow punctured in my backpack and beer was rapidly evacuating the can! Beer was shooting everywhere, like a highly pumped Super Soaker! So I immediately cracked it open and poured the beer into a glass. I was impressed with its amber color. I had expected pale, straw golden from a classic lager, then I remembered that lagers weren’t that way until the pilsner craze took off in the 1870s. The beer was remarkably delicious, and the smell was very pleasant. In the morning I painted the Yuengling painting and was glad I still had one more can to open for the complete still life! Great, historic beer for sure!
Cheers to five generations of great brewers in the Yuengling family!