Breweries have been an integral part of the culture of many countries for centuries. The following are a series of 17 of the oldest breweries in the world.
St. James Gate Brewery
Located in Ireland and established in 1759, the Guinness factory consists of the main western entryway to the city of Dublin that was used in the middle ages. They are world renown for their most famous beer, Guinness. Arthur Guinness, in 1759, signed a lease for 9000 years with the price being 45 pounds each year.
Established in 1040, the Weihenstephan brewery located in Weihenstephan, Germany is considered to be the oldest breweries in the entire world. It received its license in 1040 but its historical lineage can be traced back to 768 when there is documentation stating that a hop garden was located on the area.
Bolton has been in existence since 1266 although its modern existence began in the year 1753 when a man named Peter Bolten leased the location.
Also located in Germany, Weltenburg has been making beer for practically a millennium. The original abbey was established in 620 leading to some debate that this may be the oldest brewery in the world.
Established in Austria in the year 1454, Hubertus became less popular after WWI and the loss of the war. Regardless, wonderful beer is still brewed in this location.
Brewery in Stiegl, Austria
In 1492, Stiegl was established as one of the oldest in Austria. The most famous of its brews are Hefeweizen and light lager.
Established in 1478, Warka is the most famous of all breweries in Poland and has recently received extensive renovations.
St. Francis Abbey
The land, which once belonged to a Franciscan Abbey that had brewed ale since the 14th century, was purchased by John Smithwick in 1710 and went on to be the birthplace of the famous brew, Smithwick’s. This beer is owned by the same parent company as Guinness.
Samuel Smith Brewery
Originally established in England in 1758, it was later purchased in 1852 by Samuel Smith for his son, John. It was was named after one of the descendants of the family who was named Samuel as well.
Although it is often confused with the American beer, Budvar is an older beer that was named for Budweis, the city in the Czech Republic in which the Budvar brewery is situated and was established in 1785. This beer is the reason why the American company, Budweiser, is not able to be Budweiser this except in the U.S.
Established in England in the year 1777 by William Bass, Bass is well known for Red Triangle beer.
The oldest brewery in North America is Molson’s in Canada. It is the second oldest Canadian company and is still managed by the Molson family. It remains in its original location where it was established in 1786. Molson’s has recently been well known for its Coors brew.
Established in 1784 as Lithuania’s oldest beer maker, Svyturys has spent considerable time as a part of Germany.
Sinebrychoff was founded by Nikolai Sinebrychoff, a Russian immigrant to Finland, and is believed to be the oldest in Northern Europe. Sinebrychoff is also responsible for the bottling of several popular soft drinks such as Coca-Cola for the country of Finland.
Cascade, which is the oldest in Australia, was founded in 1824 by the English Peter Degraves. Although it is considered a part of Australia, it’s located on Tasmania and operates malting with local grown barley.
Zatec, which was constructed in the year 1800, is believed by some to be in existence in one way or another since 1004. Evidence exists that shows that the location was paying beer taxes as long ago as the 11th century.
D.G. Yuengling & Son Brewery
The oldest American brewery in the United States was established in the year 1829 and is known as D.G. Yuengling & Son. They are well known for Yuengling, its traditional lager. The brewing company is still managed, operated, and owned by the Yuenglings family with the current owner being Richard L. Yuengling.
Brewing has been an integral national and cultural tradition that has been respected and appreciated for centuries upon centuries. Great beers can be found throughout the world. Beer has been, continues to be, and will be an essential part of people’s lives for centuries to come.
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