A History of Beer Gardens

German Immigration in Pennsylvania

During the colonial era, between sixty-five and one hundred thousand German speaking people immigrated to America, many of whom settled in Pennsylvania. William Penn was awarded a proprietorship by King Charles II along with a large tract of land to govern. Penn's great experiment was to welcome people of all faith traditions. This was attractive to thousands of German immigrants whom had fled their homeland to escape religious persecution.   One of the first German speaking towns established in the colonies was aptly named Germantown in Pennsylvania. The Germans in Pennsylvania have continued a tradition of brewing beer from the time they arrived in America to present day harboring the oldest family owned brewery in America, Yuengling. The Yuengling family came from the southwestern part of what is now Germany, a town called Aldingen in the region of Wuerttemberg and is still selling beer today.

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