Pennsylvania Wine & Ale Trails & Other Thirst-Quenching Stops

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Yards Brewing Company in Philadelphia
Yards Brewing Company in Philadelphia
Photo Credit: Yards Brewing Company in Philadelphia/R. Kennedy

Summer is the perfect time to visit Pennsylvania wineries and breweries. Stop by individual businesses owned by respected vintners and brewmasters, or better yet, savor a variety of unique products along one of our popular winery or ale trails. 

Check out a few highlights below, organized by region.

Philadelphia & The Countryside

Wineries

Nine family-owned wineries pepper the Bucks County Wine Trail, just north of Philadelphia. Buckingham Valley Vineyards in Buckingham is one of the state’s first farm wineries, while Rose Bank Winery in Newtown is known for its Southdown Babydoll sheep, lush pastures, and delicious American fruit wines.

Venture to nearby Montgomery County to continue the exceptional wine-tasting experiences. Sign up for classes on growing, harvesting, and processing grapes at Boyd’s Cardinal Hollow Winery in Lansdale and Skippack; or take in idyllic vistas of Perkiomen Creek at Country Creek Winery in Telford, housed in an 1850s-era dairy barn.

Breweries

Listed as one of Frommer’s “14 Best Places to Drink Beer,” Philadelphia overflows with places to grab a tasty pint. The area’s breweries vary in size, from major producers like Victory Brewing Company and Yards Brewing Company to newer microbreweries like Tired Hands Brew Cafe and Forest & Main Brewery & Pub. Check out Philadelphia’s beer-lovers guide to learn more.

Dutch Country Roads

Wineries

Explore the unique flavors of a blossoming wine region along the Mason-Dixon Wine Trail. Located in south central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland, the trail’s nearly 20 wineries boast friendly tasting rooms and gorgeous countryside. Wineries include Allegro Winery in Brogue, Four Springs Winery in Seven Valleys, and Hauser Estate Winery in Biglerville. 

The Gettysburg Wine & Fruit Trail pairs the region’s wineries with the renowned Pennsylvania Fruit Belt. Visit wineries, farmers markets, orchards, and other sites along this scenic drive through the heart of Apple Country, nestled north of Gettysburg’s historic Civil War battlefields.

Meanwhile, Hershey Harrisburg Wine Country's 15 award-winning, family-owned wineries offer incredible views of central Pennsylvania’s beautiful rolling hills. The wineries have perfected a wide variety of handcrafted white, red, and blush wines and are conveniently surrounded by a variety of restaurants, hotels, and attractions.

Breweries

The recently expanded Susquehanna Ale Trail has 14 breweries and brewpubs that offer a mix of drafts, from pilsners and Belgian ales to stouts and porters. Stops include Lancaster Brewing Company — where locally harvested produce adds homegrown essence to offerings like the Hop Buggy Amish Grain Amber Ale — and Bube’s Brewery in Mount Joy, an 1870s-era where patrons descend 43 feet into the stone-lined vaults of its catacombs. 

Farther west in Cumberland Valley, historic downtown Carlisle is a fitting backdrop for Molly Pitcher Brewing Company, named after a Pennsylvania woman rumored to have fought in the American Revolution. Try the Redcoat ESB or Minuteman Mild.

Taste Troegs Brewing Company’s Sunshine Pils and find out why the Harrisburg beer maker was recognized by the Brewers Association in 2014 as one of the top craft breweries in the nation. The company also made USA Today and 10Best’s list of best brewery tours and earned USA Today's 2014 Readers' Choice Award. 

Wine, Beer & More

Greater Reading’s Wine & Hops Trail has three breweries, four bars, and six wineries and wine bars, and each locale offers its own distinctive experience. Stoudt’s Brewing Company in Adamstown is lauded as Pennsylvania’s first craft brewery, Union Barrel Works in Reamstown is housed in an old garment factory, and Blair Vineyards in Kutztown encourages visitors to picnic in their covered tasting pavilion.

Valleys of the Susquehanna

Wineries 

Susquehanna Heartland Wine Trail features more than a dozen wineries located along the Susquehanna and Juniata rivers. Reserve a comfy room at Brookmere’s Winery and Vineyard Inn to stay in the center of the vino-infused area, and spend the weekend sipping award-winning pinot noirs, Rieslings, Chambourcins, merlots, and fruit wines. Stops along the route include Buddy Boy Winery in Duncannon, Armstrong Valley Winery in Halifax, and Spyglass Ridge Winery in Sunbury.

Pennsylvania’s Great Lakes Region

Wineries

Conneaut Cellars Winery & Distillery in Conneaut Lake has several award-winning wines to sample, including the aromatic Allegheny Gold, semi-sweet Pymatuning Rose, and oak-aged cabernet sauvignon. More wineries in Crawford and Mercer counties to add to your itinerary include Knockin Noggin Cidery and Winery in Volant, Wilhelm Winery in Hadley, and Lago Inn & Winery in Jamestown. 

Breweries

The Lake Erie Ale Trail includes four Erie breweries: Erie Brewing Company, The Brewerie at Union Station, Lavery Brewing, and Erie Ale Works — all conveniently located in the city’s downtown area. Thirsty patrons are encouraged to savor a unique brew at each.

Travel to downtown Meadville’s Voodoo Brewery for a profusion of offbeat tastes, including a spiced Belgian-style wheat ale flavored with juniper and 12 varieties of peppercorns, as well as a hoppy Kellerbier pilsner blend packed with eight varieties of European hops. 

Pittsburgh and Its Countryside

Wineries

In Armstrong County, sip a glass of vino next to a cozy fireplace, or outside overlooking an 80-foot stream at RoseCourt Winery in Spring Church. Then, travel up to the road to Windgate Vineyards and Winery in Smicksburg to linger in their quaint tasting room. 

Breweries

PA Brew ToursPittsburgh Brewery Tour is a fun way to sip your way through the city’s best breweries. Stops include Penn Brewery, East End Brewing Company, and Church Brew Works, where the restored St. John the Baptist Church serves as the backdrop for a casual gastropub. 

ShuBrew, located in the town of Zelienople just north of Pittsburgh, produces one-of-a-kind flavors. Expect beers taken up a notch with ingredients like rosemary and orange blossom honey and creatively named selections like Shu’s on First and Neil Diamond Cereal.

Pocono Mountains

Wineries

Those enjoying the Pocono Mountains’ outdoor playground have many options for refreshing beverage stops. Nestled at the base of the Appalachian Mountains, Sorrenti’s Cherry Valley Vineyards in Saylorsburg offers peaceful vistas and award-winning wines made with locally grown French hybrid grapes. For something a bit stronger, go for the Apple Pie Shine at Mountain View Vineyard in Stroudsburg, a winery and distillery. 

Breweries

The Gem & Keystone Brewpub in Shawnee-on-Delaware serves artisan ales and lagers lovingly produced next door at the Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort. Be sure to bring your appetite, for the brewpub’s yummy menu boasts dishes made with local produce, natural meats, and ingredients from its private farm. 

Lehigh Valley

Wineries

An official American Viticultural Area, Lehigh Valley is a premier grape-growing region in Pennsylvania. The Chambourcin grape is the official wine crop of the area and is produced by all nine vineyards on the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail. Highlights include Blue Mountain Vineyards & Cellars in New Tripoli, Galen Glen Winery in Andreas, and Franklin Hill Vineyards in Bangor. 

Breweries

The Lehigh Valley Ale Trail leads visitors to breweries, as well as bars and distilleries. Enjoy a menu influenced by Pennsylvania Dutch specialties at Fegley’s Brew Works, which has locations in Bethlehem and Allentown (the Pork ‘N Kraut is an excellent salty-satisfying complement to any brew).

The Alleghenies

Wine, Beer & More

With 11 participating destinations, the Central PA Tasting Trail satisfies craft-beverage lovers of all kinds. Taste gin, rum, vodka, or whiskey at Bellefonte’s Big Spring Spirits, stop at Happy Valley Beer Company in State College for a pint of the perfectly hoppy LeMonster imperial pale ale, or schedule a coveted tour and tasting at Seven Mountains Wine Cellars.

Pennsylvania Wilds

Wineries

Central Pennsylvania’s Groundhog Wine Trail has 16 distinctive wineries, many of which feature ambiances inspired by the beauty of the surrounding woodlands. Cruise winding country roads, explore the nearby forest, and spend the night in a charming B&B or quiet cabin. 

The enchantment of the Allegheny National Forest surrounds Flickerwood Wine Cellars in Kane, where a selection of 21 wines and a welcoming country atmosphere await tasters, and Allegheny Cellars Winery in Sheffield, which gets inspiration for its bottle labels from the area’s flora and fauna.

Get the ultimate PA Wilds experience at Elk Mountain Winery in St. Marys, located at the gateway to the largest elk herd east of the Mississippi. Catch a glimpse of the majestic creatures from Elk Mountain’s deck overlooking the valley below. 

Breweries

Also in St. Marys, Straub Brewery has quenched the thirst of brew devotees since the late 1800s and still upholds the brewing traditions of founder Peter Straub. After taking a free tour of the facility (reservations are required), enjoy a complimentary cold one from the Straub Eternal Tap.

Upstate PA

Wineries

The Endless Mountains Wine Trail highlights nine wineries in northwest Pennsylvania, many of which are located along or within a few miles of the PA Route 6 corridor. Stop at Nimble Hill Tasting Room in Tunkhannock for some sips of their prized Riesling or Vidal Blanc, or visit Laddsburg Mountain Winery in New Albany for concoctions named after the Latin surnames of local fish and game.

Breweries

With a city named Hop Bottom, it’s no surprise that many brewers have made a home in the Endless Mountains. Endless Brewing in Montrose uses locally grown produce and hops to flavor delights like the Stone Crop Maple Amber and Tart Cherry Cider. 

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