1866 beer cellars in Va nominated as historic site

By By MICHAEL FELBERBAUM

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A movement is brewing to place beer cellars built in 1866 along the James River in Virginia on the National Register of Historic Places.

A state board recently voted to add the brick and granite remnants of the James River Steam Brewery in Richmond to the Virginia Landmarks Register and nominate it to the federal list.

Founded the year after the fall of Richmond to Union troops, the brewery was established by David G. Yuengling Jr., son of the founder of "America's Oldest Brewery" in Pottsville, Pa.

The brewery operated for about 13 years before closing as part of the depression that hit because of the railroad credit crisis.

A fire then leveled the brewery in 1891, leaving a series of vaulted tunnels that illustrate how beer was fermented and warehoused before mechanical refrigeration.

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