21 June 2010

A family reunion based on Beer!

Well, sort of. Today's St. Paul Pioneer Press had a story about the reunion.

365 descendants of August and Theresa Schell had a family reunion at the Schell Brewery in New Ulm, Minnesota to help celebrate the founding of the brewery. New Ulm is a heavily Germanic area. The article reports that Schell's is Minnesota's oldest brewery and the second-oldest family-owned brewery in the U.S. It began in 1860.

Now I need to figure out which is the first-oldest! Any guesses? 

Click here for the brewery's own history pages. 


sandy said...

How about G. Heileman in LaCrosse--began in 1858. Sandy

Paula Stuart-Warren said...

Nope, it's the Yuengling Brewing Company of Pottsville, Pennsylvania which was founded in 1829.

The oldest family-owned-and-still-operating brewery in the U.S.

Thanks to Carol and Christina for sending this info. I also found it online in several spots.

It's the "still in the family" part that eliminates others.