History is amazing, I love anything that has some history attached to it. If you have "history" you have a story. Whether it's being married for over 30 years, working in a profession for over 30 years, or having kids who are heading to 30 it's all history, so there is a story.


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This story is about the history of beer. Yup, a beer that was brewed originally here in the Garden State is among the oldest 30 beers in America. Yeungling was the first beer brewed in America in Pennsylvania in 1829. Still around today.

As far as the oldest here in New Jersey? well, that honor goes to Ballantine Indian Pale Ale. Ballantine IPA was first brewed in Newark, New Jersey in 1878. Forty-nine years after Yeungling first appeared in America. According to a story from 247 Wall Street, "Pabst Brewing Company, which owns many iconic beer brands, bought Ballantine in 1985. After several years of dormancy, Pabst made moves in 2014 to resurrect the beer in an attempt to appeal to the increasing number of beer drinkers who opt for India Pale Ales."

So now you know, that the oldest "Jersey" beer is Ballantine Indian Pale Ale.

Others that made the Top 5 oldest American beers included

  1. Yeungling (1829)
  2. Schaefer (1842)
  3. Pabst Blue Ribbon (1844)
  4. Blatz (1846)
  5. Old Milwaukee (1849)

Personally, I have had all but one of the five oldest beers, before I retired lol. The one I haven't had is Blatz, which is a beer from Wisconsin. In my college years, Old Milwaukee was making a comeback, I'm not sure my stomach ever recovered lol. It wasn't totally bad but not my favorite. Wait, it was pretty bad.


LOOK: Best Beers From Every State

To find the best beer in each state and Washington D.C., Stacker analyzed January 2020 data from BeerAdvocate, a website that gathers user scores for beer in real-time. BeerAdvocate makes its determinations by compiling consumer ratings for all 50 states and Washington D.C. and applying a weighted rank to each. The weighted rank pulls the beer toward the list's average based on the number of ratings it has and aims to allow lesser-known beers to increase in rank. Only beers with at least 10 rankings to be considered; we took it a step further to only include beers with at least 100 user rankings in our gallery. Keep reading to find out what the best beer is in each of the 50 states and Washington D.C.


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