America’s oldest brewery launches first collaboration beer with Hershey’s

The oldest brewery in the US has created a beer made with Hershey’s chocolate just in time for Christmas.

Pennsylvania brewer Yuengling, which was founded in 1829, has collaborated with confectionary giant Hershey’s – also founded in the same state – for the first time on a chocolate-flavoured porter infused with Hershey’s cocoa, syrup, and cacao nibs.

The 4.7% ABV beer already has chocolate and caramel notes thanks to its Dark Brew Porter base, but the limited edition serve, which will be served on-draft only in 14 US states, has an added “rich, chocolaty finish” thanks to the collab.

The porter will be available from mid-October on draft-only in states including Pennsylvania, Ohio, Massachusetts, New York, Washington D.C., Indiana, and Kentucky.

The new beer is a “fresh take” on Yuengling’s original dark porter, which it has sold in the US for almost 200 years.

However, it is a limited release, and the brewery expects the porter to sell out by February.

This is the first time Yuengling has collaborated with another company on a new beer since its inception.

Yuengling is the US’ largest independent brewer, according to the Brewer’s Association. Richard “Dick” Yuengling Jr is the fifth generation-owner of the conmpany, having bought out his father in 1985.

Its production is supported by three domestic breweries, two in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, and a third in Tampa, Florida, which has been operating since 1999.

Earlier this year, Yuengling also filed plans to expand its Florida production facility by adding a beer-centric hotel, including 150 rooms and a 12,700-sq ft restaurant.

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