David Yuengling

David Gottlieb Yuengling (March 2, 1808 – September 27, 1877) was an American businessman and brewer, the founder and first president of America's oldest brewery, D. G. Yuengling & Son.

David Gottlieb Yuengling
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BornMarch 2, 1808
DiedSeptember 27, 1877(1877-09-27) (aged 69)
Pottsville, Pennsylvania, US
Known forFounder, Yuengling
ChildrenFrederick Yuengling
David G. Yuengling Jr.
Parent(s)Friedrich Jüngling
Anna Maria Jüngling

Early lifeEdit

He was born David Gottlob Jüngling on March 2, 1808, in Aldingen near Stuttgart in the Kingdom of Württemberg, where his father operated the local brewery.[1] His older brother Jakob inherited the family brewery, leaving Yuengling with limited career prospects. He emigrated to the United States via Rotterdam.


Yuengling came to Pottsville, Pennsylvania, the location of a thriving anthracite mine, and started a brewery in 1829, calling it the Eagle Brewery.[2] Yuengling brewed British-style ales initially, and later introduced German-style lager.[1]

His son David G. Yuengling Jr. founded the James River Steam Brewery.


  1. ^ a b Reichardt, Eike. "David Gottlieb Yuengling." In Immigrant Entrepreneurship: German-American Business Biographies, 1720 to the Present, vol. 1, edited by Marianne S. Wokeck. German Historical Institute. Last modified November 13, 2014.
  2. ^ "Yuengling of Pottsville: America's Oldest Brewery". beerhistory. Retrieved October 10, 2015.