Yuengling Columbus Facebook photo
No, there won't be any beer-flavored ice cream.
The Pennsylvania-based brewery Yuengling is sticking to more traditional flavors, like vanilla, chocolate and mint chocolate chip. There is, however, a black and tan flavor (Belgian chocolate and salty caramel).
Yuengling's ice cream will be available in stores in mid-February. All Acme and Weis grocery stores will carry the ice cream, as well as some independent grocers in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, Delaware, New Jersey and New York.
The cost will be $5.49-$5.99 per quart.
The ice cream launch is a return to the company's roots. The brewery, founded in 1829, went into the dairy business in 1920 after Prohibition went into effect. Yuengling Dairy Products made ice cream for 65 years.
The company stopped making ice cream due to a lack of successor. At that time, none of the children of president Frederick "Fritz" Yuengling were in a position to take over the company.
In 2013, David Yuengling, Fritz's son, left a 30-year career in the computer industry to bring back his family's ice cream business. Yuengling said he worked for his father growing up and wondered over the years if he had made the right decision not to take over the company.
"I get a second chance now," Yuengling said.
Yuengling's Ice Cream and the brewery are two separate companies. David Yuengling's cousin owns the brewery.
The ice cream is manufactured in northeastern Pennsylvania and is certified as PA Preferred, which means, whenever possible, the ingredients come from Pennsylvania.
The response to the ice cream launch has been overwhelmingly positive, he said. Commenters on the company's Facebook page said they can now have a true Yuengling float, although Yuengling said he finds that "disgusting."