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Yuengling museum, Schuylkill County each get $1M state grants

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D.G. Yuengling & Son in Pottsville (File photo Alyson Doria)
D.G. Yuengling & Son in Pottsville (File photo Alyson Doria)

Beer fans will soon have a chance to learn even more about the history of America's oldest brewery.

D. G. Yuengling & Sons Inc. of Pottsville was awarded a $1 million grant from the Pennsylvania Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program.

The funds will be used toward a proposed tourism project that will include a historical museum.

The museum would showcase more than 185 years of brewing history. The project will also include an enhanced tour route, additional parking and community events space.

The brewery has around 70,000 visitors a year and is the largest tourism attraction in Schuylkill County.

“Community development and tourism development are critical components of a countywide economic development strategy which adds to the quality of life options available to all of the residents of Schuylkill County,” said Frank Zukas, president of the Schuylkill Economic Development Corp. “The Yuengling Brewery is a benchmark which helps people find Schuylkill County on the map.”

SEDCO also received a $1 million grant from the fund.

It will put the grant toward construction and related costs associated with the construction of a 117,000-square-foot industrial flex building in the Highridge Business Park near Interstate 81 in Cass Township.

RACP grants fund economic development projects in Pennsylvania that have a regional or multijurisdictional impact and generate a substantial increase or maintain existing levels of employment, tax revenues or other measures of economic activity.

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