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!
a list of the Pubs and Breweries that favorites for the owners and guests of the Historic Smithton Inn:
Boniface Craft Brewing Company
(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!
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.
(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
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
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
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.
(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