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 a great beer. The commonwealth boasts six breweries that pre-date prohibition – more than any other state in the country – and today, more than 50 brew pubs and small breweries continue Pennsylvania’s rich brewing history.
Only one brewery can claim fame as being 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 175 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.
Victory Brewing Company
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.
Tröegs Brewing Company
Brothers Chris and John Trogner have always shared a love for a 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, you can visit the new expanded brewery in Hershey, where guests can sample the brewery’s eleven different beers including Hopback Amber Ale, Java Head Stout and The Mad Elf (seasonal) in a tasting cafe, as well as tour the factory.
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 18th anniversary beer, Weyerbacher Eighteen, was released in June 2013 and features a complex combination of bready wheat and dark malt flavors perfectly balanced with spicy phenols and fruity esters.
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.
Erie Brewing Company
Known as the home of “the taste of real beer,” Erie Brewing Company has been brewing traditional-style ales and lagers for 20 years. The brewery’s five flagship brews and six seasonal varieties are all handcrafted on-site, where visitors can enjoy tastings each weekday and tours of the brewery on Friday afternoons.
Church Brew Works
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.
Lion Brewery, Inc.
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.
Stoudt Brewing Company
Stoudt’s Brewing Company 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.
Selin’s Grove Brewing Company
Located in the heart of Pennsylvania’s Susquehanna Valley, this unique brewery opened its doors in 1996. At this neighborhood brewery, visitors can sample up to a dozen ales and lagers on draught and on beer engines.
Appalachian Brewing Company
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.