Duration: Three days and two nights
If you love beer, then you've got a friend in Pennsylvania. After all, PA is home to the oldest operating brewing company in the United States, not to mention dozens and dozens of independent craft breweries. If you love lagers, pilsners, stouts, porters or all of the above, PA boasts some of the best in the country. Our "Hoppy Trails" journey is just a twist of the cap on the PA beer scene. So, get your friends and pack the car for a 3-day brewery tour worthy of an annual trek.
At the confluence of the Lehigh and Delaware Rivers sits the scenic riverside town of Easton, Pa., the gateway to Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley. Easton is also home to Weyerbacher Brewing Company. Founded in 1995 by Dan and Sue Weirback, this craft brewery specializes in full-bodied and full-flavored beers. It's a perfect place to start on the hoppy trail to PA beer glory. Weyerbacher is well known for its Merry Monks Belgian-Style Golden Ale, a World Beer Cup Bronze Medal... Read More >
When your tour is done, you are not done touring. Be sure to take a stroll through downtown Easton, along its Centre Square and the riverfront. Stop for a bite or pint at Pearly Bakers Ale House - they love Weyerbacher too and serve it on tap with other local and regional favorites. On a Saturday between May and November, you can also check out the Easton Farmer's Market in Centre Square, which boasts as the oldest continously running open-air farmers market in the United States. When you... Read More >
Get back on the road and head west into the scenic Lehigh Valley and to the historic and picturesque town of Bethlehem. In addition to great shopping, dining, and sightseeing, try your luck at the new Sands Casino before or after dinner.Read More >
If a day in the park isn't your speed, then rev your engines at at the Maple Grove Raceway. Established by the Stauffer family in 1962, Maple Grove hosts specialized weekly racing events throughout the fall season. The quarter-mile straight racetrack is home to some of the nation’s most hard-core drag racing legends. You’ll feel like you’re doing your own walk of fame as you march down the same track graced by Joe Amato and Shirley Muldowney after they completed the first ever side-by-side... Read More >
Yes, of course you'll be eating at another local brewery! Bethlehem Brew Works whips up even more PA favorites in Lehigh Valley, while perfectly capturing the essence of the steel-town history. Their signature beers include the Steelworker's Oatmeal Stout, Valley Golden and Steelgarded Wit. Sample their beer and cheese soup, the "BREW"schetta, and the pulled pork sandwich. Come hungry and thirsty. Leave happy.Read More >
Restored to its original 1922 splendor, Historic Hotel Bethlehem provides a night of world-class service, charming lobby and common areas, and comfortable accommodations. It’s conveniently located in the heart of the historic district of Bethlehem, a happy place to spend your first night on the hoppy trail.Read More >
Well-rested and the car packed-up, it's time to see more of PA. You'll be heading southwest along the scenic Dutch Country Roads to Berks and Lancaster counties and the town of Adamstown, founded 1761. Adamstown is the home of Stoudt's Brewing Company and is your next stop on the hoppy trail. Free tours are offered at 1:00pm on Sundays, so arrive early or stick around for lunch. Stoudt's Black Angus Restaurant & Pub is the perfect place to enjoy Stoudt's brews. Anyone of their flag... Read More >
Stretch your legs and work off the beer calories with a hike at French Creek State Park, home to the wonderfully tranquil Hopewell and Scotts Run Lakes. With 7,730 acres of lush foliage, the park constitutes the largest block of forest between Washington, D.C. and New York City. Spend your afternoon boating, swimming, and hiking, or try your hand at Frisbee Golf–a favorite amongst the locals. Overnight facilities include campgrounds, cottages, yurts and cabins if you can’t get enough of... Read More >
That's Denver, Pa., by the way. Grab some dinner there at Zia's, not far from Stoudt's. Their Victorian-style pub and sports bar offers up an eclectic mix of draft brews, not to mention an outdoor deck if the weather permits.Read More >
Hit the road north because a PA brewery tour is not complete without a stop at Yuengling, the oldest operating brewery and the second largest American-owned brewing company in the United States. Nestled in the rolling Appalachian foothills, on a steep grade in the city of Pottsville, the brewery boasts a record of continuous operation since 1829 -- that's five generations of family-run brewing and counting. You may know Yuengling for their signature lager, but as you'll learn on a brewery... Read More >
Enjoy this small bistro setting with open kitchen seating located steps from Historic Downtown Pottsville and the Business District. Ruby's Kitchen offers a fresh, simple and delicious menu for lunch. Be sure to check out their daily specials, and grab a bite of their hot pastrami sandwich.Read More >
Jerry's Classic Cars and Collectibles Museum
Swing by this throwback establishment for a trip back in time to the 60s. Inspired by a love for cars and rock-n-roll, Jerry's Museum showcases over 200,000 of history's finest automobiles and other collectors items.
Martin Guitar Factory Tour & Museum (Nazareth)
If you're a lover of the handmade, Martin Guitar is a worthy detour indeed. Head to Nazareth for a tour of the oldest surviving maker of guitars in the world.
Crystal Cave Park
Head to Kutztown to check out one of Pennsylvania's greatest natural wonders. Scale underground trails as you see and touch expansive sheets of glimmery calcium crystals that formed centuries ago.
No. 9 Coal Mine and Museum
Check out the world's oldest continuously operated anthracite coal mine. Guided tours operate year round.