The first batches of Yuengling’s Ice Cream are coming off the production line. The Pennsylvania ice cream is returning after a 28-year absence.
“It’s a very exciting time for us,” said David Yuengling, president in an announcement “We originally expected production to begin in March, but when we announced in September that we were bringing back Yuengling’s Ice Cream, the response was so enthusiastic that we pushed up production.”
Leiby’s Dairy in Tamaqua, Pa. will make the ice cream. The first run will consist of 100,000 quarts, in 10 flavors. The ice cream is expected to be available in grocery stores by mid-February. Early sellers will be Acme, Weis and independent grocery stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, New York and West Virginia.
“Acme, Weis and other independent grocers asked to have Yuengling’s Ice Cream before the original launch date,” said Rob Bohorad, chief operating officer. “We bumped up production to accommodate them, but we fully anticipate being in more grocery stores later this year.”
Costing between $5.49 and $5.99 per quart, Yuengling’s Ice Cream will occupy the high-priced end of the freezer aisle with the following flavors:
* Espresso Chocolate Chip
* Chocolate Fudge Brownie
* Chocolate Chip
* Chocolate Marshmallow
* Black and Tan (chocolate and caramel ice cream)
* Root Beer Float
* Mint Chocolate Chip
* Vanilla Fudge Chunk with Pretzels
The milk and cream are locally sourced in Pennsylvania.
Yuengling’s Ice Cream is a family-owned business dating back to 1920. Though the family name is the same, Yuengling’s Ice Cream is unaffiliated with the Yuengling brewery.
The ice cream was originally produced by the family after the brewery was shut down during prohibition.
The family operated the dairy that produced the ice cream until it closed in 1985.
The ice cream will get a boost from the popularity of Yuengling beer, which has grown into a top seller on the East Coast.
Yuengling has breweries in Pottsville, Pa. and Tampa, Fla. The private company is listed as America’s oldest brewer, with a history dating back to the presidency of Andrew Jackson.