The German immigrants who settled in Pennsylvania in the 1700s and 1800s brought many of their old-world traditions with them, including the love of great beer. Today, the commonwealth boasts more than 100 brew pubs and small breweries all contributing to Pennsylvania’s rich brewing history.
Yuengling Brewery - Upstate PA
Only one brewery can claim fame as the oldest brewery in the United States, and it’s Yuengling. David G. Yuengling established the Eagle Brewery on Centre Street in Pottsville in 1829, and for more than 185 years, this family-owned and operated business has prided itself on its quality production and taste. Traveling through the factory, visitors can examine beer production, get a sneak peek at the cave under the factory and sample this historic beer.
Victory Brewing Company - Philadelphia and the Countryside
One of the best craft breweries in America, Victory opened in 1996 in an old Pepperidge Farm factory and immediately gained national recognition with its Victory Hop Devil, earning the title of “Champion American Beer” in the Great British Beer Festival in 2002. The German-trained brewers at Victory now brew more than 20 varieties and can produce up to 100,000 barrels annually. Most recently, Victory won Imperial Pale Ale of the Year, Lager of the Year, and Brewery of the Year at the 5th Annual Philly Beer Scene Awards in 2014.
Troegs Brewing Company - Dutch Country Roads
Brothers Chris and John Trogner have always shared a love for great beer, and since 1997 they’ve been handcrafting world-class beers in central Pennsylvania that combine traditional English brewing techniques with the eclecticism of new American brewing. Today, visit the expanded brewery in Hershey, where guests can sample the brewery’s 16 different beers including Hopback Amber Ale, Java Head Stout and The Mad Elf (seasonal) in a large tasting cafe, and tour the factory. Choose from a guided tasting tour for those 21 and over or a free self-guided tour available to all ages.
Church Brew Works - Pittsburgh and its Countryside
A brewhouse in a church? Only in Pittsburgh! Painstaking attention to detail and the integrative reuse of existing fixtures all help to create a spectacular atmosphere to enhance an unusual brewpub experience, offering handcrafted North German Style Pilsner, Bavarian Dunkel, British Special Bitter and rotating Blast Furnace Stout varieties. Finish off your visit with a delicious meal at the in-house restaurant offering unique cuisine that draws on the culinary styles discovered throughout the country by Chef Jason Marrone.
Straub Brewery - Pennsylvania Wilds
Deep in the heart of the Pennsylvania Wilds, the Straub family has been brewing beer using all-natural ingredients and nearly the same process since 1872. With no sugars, salts or preservatives, the Straub formula has made it a favorite for locals and around the country. After a tour, enjoy a complimentary glass of ice-cold Straub Beer to taste the all-natural, fresh beer right from the source.
Stoudt Brewing Company - Dutch Country Roads
Stoudt’s Brewing Company was Pennsylvania’s first microbrewery, and has grown and evolved from a small brewery with limited draught distribution to a packaging regional microbrewery. With distribution in more than 10 different states, Stoudt’s produces more than 10,000 barrels of handcrafted beer each year. Visitors can tour the brewery and afterwards dine at Stoudt’s Black Angus Restaurant and Pub.
Erie Brewing Company - Pennsylvania’s Great Lakes Region
Known as the home of “the taste of real beer,” Erie Brewing Company has been brewing traditional-style ales and lagers for more than 20 years. The brewery’s five year-round brews and five seasonal varieties are all handcrafted on-site for visitors to enjoy tastings and tours of the brewery Wednesday through Friday noon—5 p.m., and Saturday 1 p.m.—4 p.m.
Weyerbacher Brewing - Lehigh Valley
Dan Weirback showed more than a little horse-sense when he decided to open an English-style microbrewery with the Old Country version of his German family name, Weyerbacher, in an old livery stable in Easton. The award-winning Weyerbacher beers are true to the British style of ales, and its bourbon barrel beers — Heresy, Insanity and Blasphemy — are aged in real bourbon barrels. Their 20th Anniversary Belgian-Style Dark Ale debuts in June 2015.
Aldus Brewing Company - Dutch Country Roads
Established in the old Snyder’s pretzel factory less than a mile from Hanover Square, Hanover’s first craft brewery welcomes guests with a charming atmosphere and a nice, simple selection of smooth sipping beers. This old-fashioned brewing company offers four diverse brews that are enjoyed by craft beer connoisseurs and less adventurous beer drinkers alike. Stop by and experience the quaint space and old factory feel or grab some beer to enjoy at home. The Aldus Brewing Company is open Wednesday through Friday from 3-8 p.m. and Saturday noon-8 p.m.
Lion Brewery, Inc. - Upstate PA
For more than a century, Wilkes-Barre’s Lion Brewery has merged rustic architecture with state-of-the-art brewing technology, evidenced by the gleaming stainless steel aging tanks that sit alongside the traditional copper brew kettle. Lion uses the traditional English method to create lagers and ales, and each product is an original recipe especially created to deliver a fuller flavor than ordinary beers, yet with an approachable style and character.
Selin’s Grove Brewing Company - Susquehanna River Valley
Located in the heart of Pennsylvania’s Susquehanna Valley, this unique brewery opened its doors in 1996 and has been known as the ‘pub’ to locals ever since. At this neighborhood brewery, visitors can sample up to a dozen ales and lagers on draught and beer engines.
Appalachian Brewing Company - Dutch Country Roads
Appalachian Brewing Company is located in a historic three-story brick and heavy timber building in downtown Harrisburg with portions dating back to 1890. ABC is one of the largest microbrewery/brewpubs in the nation and the first brewery in the Pennsylvania State Capital since 1951. Free brewery tours are available every Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m.
Yards Brewing Company - Philadelphia and the Countryside
Founded in 1994, Yards began as a garage-sized operation in Manayunk outside of Philadelphia. Now located in Philadelphia, the brewery continues to grow by creating English-inspired style while continuing to embrace the innovative spirit that defines American craft brewing. The brewery offers free tours on weekends, and the Tasting Room is open every day.
Penn Brewery - Pittsburgh and its Countryside
Penn Brewery is Pittsburgh’s first craft beer house, and this traditional German brewery has been crafting brews at their facility since 1848. The brewery continues to craft award-winning beers, including flagship Penn Pilsner, Penn Dark and seasonal favorites such as St. Nicholas Bock and Oktoberfest, which Pittsburghers know and love. Tours are held at 1 p.m. on selected Saturdays of each month. Private group tours are also available.
Susquehanna Ale Trail - Dutch Country Roads
Adams, York, Lancaster, Lebanon and Dauphin Counties
The Susquehanna Ale Trail is comprised of a newly expanded collection of 16 establishments in the lower Susquehanna Valley that celebrates the beer-loving heritage of the Germans who settled in PA. Visitors can enjoy a pint while learning about the brewing process and how brews are tweaked to achieve the perfect flavor.