Duration: 3 days, 2 nights
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, beer lovers can experience why Thrillist named Pennsylvania one of the best beer states in the nation by enjoying this road trip to more than a dozen Pennsylvania breweries. Visitors can not only taste these craft beers, but also tour the facilities where they’re brewed to learn more about the process.
The first stop will lead beer lovers to the Appalachian Brewing Company. Located in a historic 1915 three-story brick and heavy timber building in downtown Harrisburg since 1951, ABC is one of the largest microbrewery/brewpubs in the nation and the first brewery in the Pennsylvania State Capital. Visitors can taste a variety of the flagship craft beers available year-round including Water Gap Wheat Ale, Mountain Lager and Purist Pale Ale. ABC also creates a variety of seasonal brews... Read More >
Head 20 minutes east to Hershey Pa., to see how brothers Chris and John Trogner have been handcrafting world-class beers in Central Pennsylvania since 1997. All of the beers at TrÃ¶egs Brewing Company combine traditional English brewing techniques with the eclecticism of new American brewing. Visitors can tour the recently renovated and expanded brewery to sample 16 different beers, including Hopback Amber Ale, Java Head Stout and Mad Elf (seasonal) in a large tasting cafe. Be sure to... Read More >
The Lancaster Brewing Company is a must-stop for beer lovers. Visitors can choose from the microbrewery's fine selection, including golden lager, wheat, brown ale, red rose amber, and porter while enjoying American food and seafood favorites.Read More >
The Federal Taphouse restaurant is located on Second Street in downtown Harrisburg. The restaurant offers a variety of artisan pizzas that are made in a wood-fired oven along with other specialty dishes. Pair your dish with one of the 100 brews on the menu.Read More >
Head 20 minutes east of Harrisburg to the Hershey Grill and experience their seasonal menu options that offer culinary details and creative flavor combinations. This casual dining experience offers a variety of American cuisine.Read More >
Located in the heart of downtown Harrisburg, the Hilton is located along Restaurant Row where beer lovers can try some of the local brews while dining at some of the city’s best restaurants. Visitors can unwind in one of the many guest rooms with modern amenities and a view of the city.Read More >
Spend the day tasting some of Pennsylvania’s finest brews along the Susquehanna Ale Trail. Comprised of nine breweries and brewpubs in southern Pennsylvania including Lancaster Brewing Company in Lancaster, Pa., Liquid Hero Brewery in York Pa., Rumsprings Brewing Company in Bird-in-Hand, Pa., and Swashbuckler Brewing Company in Manheim, Pa., just to name a few. The trail celebrates the beer-loving heritage of the Germans who settled in PA and allows visitors to enjoy a variety of pints... Read More >
Wyndridge Farm is a new 77 acre property located in southern York County that recently renovated a 120 year old barn, cidery and brewery, along with a majestic tasting room. One of only two distilleries on the Mason-Dixon Wine Trail and the only one with cider, the property offers rustic elegance on a picturesque Pennsylvania farm. Visitors can enjoy a tour of Wyndridge Farm to see how each of their delicious brews are produced.Read More >
Located in the old Walter Schnader tobacco warehouse originally built in 1900, Thistle Finch in Lancaster, Pa., produces traditional un-aged small batch rye whiskey made from local grains and distilled in a handmade copper pot. Visitors can enjoy samples in the tasting room, which also provides views of the distillery production area for an up-close look at the production process.Read More >
Dine at the Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant where fine handcrafted beers are paired with informal cuisine and friendly service. Visit the location in Lancaster, Pa., where there are more than 10 unique brews on tap.
The Left Bank Restaurant & Bar is named after a famed Parisian restaurant on the Seine River in France. Located in downtown York, Pa., the restaurant provides a cosmopolitan dining atmosphere and features a variety of international cuisine.Read More >
Stay at one of the newest hotels in Lancaster and enjoy comfortable new rooms, a bold new lobby and genuine hospitality. Located in downtown Lancaster, the hotel is in the heart of history and culture where guests can walk to a variety of restaurants and unique shops.Read More >
A proud member of Historic Hotels of America, the Yorktowne Hotel was built in 1925 and is a prominent landmark in York, Pa. In addition to 121 uniquely decorated and spacious rooms, free wireless internet, fitness center and two restaurants, guests can easily walk to various attractions in downtown York.Read More >
Start the day at one of the best craft breweries in America, Victory® Brewing Company. Located an hour east from Lancaster, Pa., the brewery 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,... Read More >
Next, travel 50 minutes east to one of Philadelphia’s famous breweries, Yards® Brewing Company. Founded in 1994, Yards® began as a garage-sized operation in Manayunk outside of Philadelphia. Now, 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 fours on weekends, and the Tasting Room is open every day for guests to taste the unique craft beers.Read More >
End the day at the Philadelphia Distillery which opened in 2005, the first craft distillery to open in Pennsylvania following Prohibition. Visitors can sample the variety of products made at this Philadelphia distillery including Shine Whiskey, Penn 1681 Vodka, Bluecoat Gin, Vieux CarrÃ© and The Bay Vodka. Head to the distillery to see how each of these famous PA products are made.Read More >
While tasting Victory®’s specialty brews, dine at the family-friendly brewpub. Try their Wings of Victory while pairing it with the Victory® Lager. Each of the items on their menu have a suggested pairing for the ultimate dining experience.Read More >
BrÃ¼ serves authentic Bavarian cuisine with a hint of American influence and boasts 39 drafts loaded on tap with domestic and imported bottles. Located in Center City Philadelphia, the BrÃ¼ is a must-see for beer connoisseurs.Read More >
Located in the evolving Fairmount neighborhood within ten minutes from Yards® Brewing Company, this bar and grill is sure to please. The saloon offers a 12-tap system and growing beer and wine lists that pair well with any appetite. The burger menu will ensure you’ll never go hungry or thirsty at this unique watering hole.Read More >
No brewery trip is complete without a stop to the nation’s oldest brewery, 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, viewers can examine beer production, get a sneak peek at the cave under the factory and sample this historic beer. It’s worth the drive north to Pottsville to taste America’s oldest beer.
Stoudt’s Brewing Company
Visit Pennsylvania’s first microbrewery, Stoudt’s Brewing Company in Adamstown, Pa. Located less than an hour from Hershey, Pa., the brewery has grown and evolved from a small brewery with limited draught distribution to a regional microbrewery. With distribution to more than 10 different states, Stoudt’s produces more than 10,000 barrels of handcrafted beer each year including their 1860 IPA. Visitors can tour the brewery and dine at Stoudt’s Black Angus Restaurant and Pub.
Fegley’s Brew Works
Fegley’s Brew Works are family-run restaurants and breweries located in the Lehigh Valley area since 1998. All of their breweries operate from 100% renewable energy sources including solar and wind. The brewery is open to visitors to see the brewing process first-hand and even get to taste a variety of their ales, including their seasonal firkin ale.
Weyerbacher Brewing Company
Experience an English-style microbrewery 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. Guests can taste any six of their in-stock beers for free at the visitors center and tour the brewery to get a sneak peek at what makes these specialty brews.
In search of that limited-batch Black IPA, or need to try a brew you can’t just get anywhere? Beer aficionados, look no further: The Fridge in Lancaster has one of the widest selections of craft beer in Central Pennsylvania and excellent grub to boot. With more than 400 varieties of beer available for purchase at any given time, plus 10 constantly rotating fresh craft beers on draft from brewers around the world, The Fridge is the mecca for local beer enthusiasts to kick back and enjoy something beyond the ordinary fare. Its menu includes specialty flatbread pizzas voted the best in the city and made with fresh ingredients from local farms. Whether creating a personalized six-pack or settling in for a laid-back session, The Fridge is a must for those searching for a taste that’s fresh and out-of-the-ordinary.
Saint Boniface Craft Brewing Co.
A newcomer to the Central PA brewery scene, St. Boniface Craft Brewing Co. has quickly made a name for itself as a hub of great food, great music, and of course, great beer. A cozy establishment with an open feel just outside of historic downtown Lititz, St. Boniface features an exclusive selection of its own brews with names like Libation and Hegemony, and offers new live music each week. A prime example of true community collaboration, the brewery has local food trucks serving up a variety of eats in lieu of an in-house kitchen, and often works with other local breweries to co-produce new brews.
Founded in 1995 in Phoenixville, Pa., Sly Fox beers are available in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C. The brewery opened in January 2012 offering visitors the opportunity to taste their award-winning craft beers including their Sly Fox Pikeland Pilsner that won a Gold Medal at the 2007 Great American Beer Festival.
Old Republic Distillery
Nestled in the picturesque town of Seven Valley, Pa., the Old Republic Distillery was York County’s first distillery following Prohibition. Visit the distillery to sample a variety of their superior quality, handcrafted, small batch distilled spirits that are made from local agriculture.
Dad’s Hat Rye®
The mission of this unique establishment is to distill and deliver classic Pennsylvania Rye spirits that follow more than 200 years of American tradition. Located in Bristol, Pa., Dad’s Hat Rye® uses locally-sourced ingredients to distill their famous whiskey. Head to the distillery to see what goes into making this traditional whiskey.