Our Favorite Breweries (and Pubs) in Lancaster County

October 22, 2012

Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, is a craft beer lover’s dream. Seriously! There are new breweries springing up all the time, and they seem to be able to make it, even in a tough economy. The fact that these unique brewers are able to succeed I believe speaks to our community and the people who come to Lancaster County to visit – they seek out “quality”, “uniqueness”, and “character” in the things they buy, eat, visit and stay. Maybe that’s why our historic bed and breakfast is also thriving… but I digress!
Here’s a list of the Pubs and Breweries that favorites for  the owners and guests of the Historic Smithton Inn:
Stoudts (Adamstown):  Whether you’re a beer novice or afficionado, Stoudt’s Brewing Company is a great destination for all beer lovers out there. As one of the pioneering craft breweries in America, Stoudt’s offers a variety of amazing Lagers and Ales. Check out a free tour at the brewery and pick up some beer to go at the bar!
St. Boniface Craft Brewing Company (Ephrata): Saint Boniface Craft Brewing Co is a nano-brewery located in Ephrata, Pa. After years of brewing and competing with each other for kudos in their local community, Mike Price and Jon Northup decided to join forces and produce the best beer that they—using their combined brewing experience—could produce. They fill growlers on Thursday from 6pm – 8pm, or Saturdays from 9am-2pm. They are located in Ephrata, at 100 N. State Street, Suite 401.  Or you can order their beers on tap at a few local pubs including the Blackhorse Tavern.  
Blackhorse Tavern (Denver):  The Blackhorse Tavern is passionate about offering full flavored, hand- crafted microbrews in their pub/restaurant. In addition to having a great selection on tap, they have an inventory upwards of 35 popular brands offered by bottle or in six packs available for take-out.
Union Barrel Works (Stevens): Union Barrel Works Pub and Restaurant brews all their beers on site.  All their beers are served unfiltered, for better flavor and nutrition.
Appalachian Brewing Company aka ABC Brewing (Lititz): Founded in Harrisburg in 1951, ABC has grown to 5 locations, including the one here in Lancaster County in downtown Lititz.  They serve terrific food to go along with their handcrafted ales and lagers.
Bull’s Head Public House (Lititz):   These guys don’t brew their own beers but they’re a traditional, authentic, English Pub, with lots of great micro-brews on tap.
Lancaster Brewing Company (Lancaster): Brewing in Lancaster County grew from the back rooms of inns in the early 1700’s into a thriving industry. By 1810, the county accounted for 7% of all beer brewed in the United States!!  In 1995, Lancaster Malt Brewing opened and brought back the popularity of Lancaster-brewed beer. The business fell under hard times until Lancaster Brewing Company purchased it in 2001.
Spring House Brewing Company (Lancaster): The original Spring House Brewing Co. is located in a barn in Conestoga, PA. The Taproom, open February 3, 2011, is a sister company that sells beer made at the Conestoga location in pints, growler fills, 22oz bottles, and six packs. Soups, salads, and sandwiches are also on the menu.
Iron Hill Brewery (Lancaster):  Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant is a privately owned company that produces distinctive, full-flavored handcrafted beers, accompanied by inspired yet informal New American cuisine in a comfortable, casual atmosphere. The goal has always been to produce food and beer that is fresh and inspired, consistently crafted and presented by a knowledgeable and courteous service staff.
Bube’s Brewery (Mt. Joy):  Bube’s is more than just a brewery, it’s an experience.  A collection of restaurants, pub, shops and banquet / special events facilities, you’ll love these handcrafted beers as much as Bube’s unique atmosphere.  The brewery is located in the old Ice House.  They also have a home brew store.  Ask if you can check out the catacombs!
JoBoy’s Brew Pub (Manheim):  JoBoy’s Brew Pub serves southern style barbeque and hand crafted beer. The owners started out as an award-winning BBQ team.  Adding their delicious hand crafted beers to their repertoire, makes for the perfect combination!
Tröegs Brewing Company (Hershey):  Tröegs Brewing Company was established in 1997. Today, the brewery produces ten different beers including Hopback Amber Ale, Troegenator Doublebock, Java Head Stout, Tröegs Pale Ale, Nugget Nectar (seasonal) Dead Reckoning Porter (seasonal), Sunshine Pils (seasonal), The Mad Elf (seasonal), DreamWeaver Wheat, and Perpetual IPA.  The brewery is a relatively new, purpose-built facility.  Tours are available and are a great way to learn more about the brewing process and in particular, these wonderful beers that are helping to put Central PA on the “brewing map”!!