Richard “Dick” Yuengling, owner of D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc., announced on Friday that the Yuengling family will donate up to $2.8 million to the City of Pottsville for reconstruction of the Mahantongo Street parking garage.
The parking deck is located three blocks from America’s Oldest Brewery in Pottsville. The garage closed in October 2016 after it was deemed structurally deficient, at which point the city lost parking for area businesses and visitors.
“Our family has been in Pottsville for 188 years. It is the home of Yuengling, America’s Oldest Brewery. I am 5th generation to run the family business, and I’m very passionate about preserving our city and its rich history. The current garage that is in need of repair presented my daughters and I with an opportunity to do something that felt right for the entire community,” said Richard “Dick” Yuengling. “I am a big believer in Pottsville’s potential. This donation will offer a convenient parking option for local businesses, patrons and visitors. We’re excited to partner with the city, local businesses and the community to make Pottsville a better place to work, live and visit.”
“On behalf of myself and Pottsville City Council, we also are a big believer in the potential of Pottsville. This is a game changer. We are proud to be a part of America’s Oldest Brewery, D.G. Yuengling and Sons, and we are extremely grateful for this more than generous donation and it will serve the community well. Thank you to the Yuengling family,” said Mayor Muldowney.
“The Pottsville Business Association is very excited about the high level of generosity the Yuengling family has shown with their donation towards the Mahantongo Parking Deck,” said Savas Logothetides, vice president of the Pottsville Business Association and third generation business owner. “The businesses in the commercial district will no doubt benefit from the increased convenience additional parking will provide. Yuengling has been, and continues to be, a great partner in the very visible progress within the City of Pottsville.”
This donation is part of the Yuengling Community Initiative Program. The Yuengling Brewery has been a longtime fixture in not only supporting local events, but also gives back to the people that have helped Yuengling survive through the generations. The Yuengling Community Initiative Program focuses on causes that are important to our consumers, wholesalers, retailers, employees and local communities. In July, the brewery donated $100,000 to the VFW to support veterans and their families with benefits assistance programs such as education, relocation and medical benefits.
America’s Oldest Brewery in Pottsville receives about 70,000 visitors annually. During prohibition, the brewery built a creamery across the street to stay in business and keep workers employed, and re-opened in March 2016 as the Yuengling Gift Shop and Museum, a $10 million investment in campus renovations using industry-leading sustainability technology. Public tours of the brewery are offered at no charge and are available Monday-Saturday. The gift shop is open from Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays (April – December only) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. . Public tours of the brewery are offered at no charge and are available Monday-Saturday. The gift shop is open from Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays (April – December only) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
To learn more about the Yuengling Community Initiative Program, the gift shop and brewery tours, visit www.yuengling.com.