Yuengling coming back to Conn. What other beers are we missing?
A sign for Yuengling beer glows in a darkened bar. (Photo: Contributed / Flickr user MrSeb)
According to the CT Beer Wholesalers Association, Pennsylvania’s Yuengling beer — brewed in what its producers claim is the United States’ oldest brewery — is returning to the Connecticut market after many years of not being available in the Nutmeg State.
The Connecticut Beer Wholesalers Association is delighted to welcome the return of D.G. Yuengling & Son to the Connecticut market, possibly as early as Summer 2014. Established in 1829, Yuengling is the oldest operating brewing company in the United States and one of the largest breweries by volume in the Country.
After selling its brands in Connecticut for many years, in 1996, Yuengling consolidated its markets and ceased selling beer in New England.
This got us wondering: what other beers from around the country (or, heck, from around the world) should go on sale in Connecticut and become one of our fabled “steady habits?” Leave your answers in the comments or tweet them to us, and we’ll highlight the best ideas right here!
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3 Floyds Brewing in Indiana. The Washington Post calls it one of the best breweries in the world.
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Shiner beer has been around for more than 100 years, and for good reason, but the Texas brew only recently debuted in New York.
2013 Sue Moen
Spotted Cow by New Glarus. Rumor has it that New Glarus beer is only sold in Wisconsin because they drink so much of it there, the brewery can't keep up with demand.
Kansas City's Boulevard is the best beer the state of Missouri has to offer (sorry Budweiser). Boulevard is available in 25 states, Massachusetts being the closest one to us, but is expected to expand to Connecticut in two to five years. When it does, try the Unfiltered Wheat.
New Belgium Brewing Company's Fat Tire Amber Ale is available throughout much of the country, except for the Northeast and, for some reason, Oklahoma.
Union Jack IPA, Firestone Walker, Paso Robles and Buellton, Calif.
Grain Belt Premium, August Schell Brewing Company, Minnesota.
Hill Farmstead Brewery, Greensboro, Vt.
Summit Brewing Company, St. Paul's, Minn.