Susquehanna Ale Trail doubles number of stops for Passport Event
If you’re taking a Road Trip for Beer to central Pennsylvania in April, you might want to look into this:
YORK, PA- The Susquehanna Ale Trail, a collection of breweries in central Pennsylvania committed to creating good times and great beer will welcome seven new partners to the Trail for this year’s Second Annual Passport Event happening April 12-14 and 19-21.
For $15, beer enthusiasts can purchase a passport online or at one of the participating establishments, which grants them access to 13 breweries and one distillery for all event weekends. Not to mention, the purchase of a passport entitles participants to special brewery tours, three to five craft beer tastings, a 10% discount on merchandise and a souvenir Susquehanna Ale Trail mug! In addition to the standard passport, designated driver passports are also available for $5.
“The Susquehanna Ale Trail gives visitors a chance to go behind the scenes to meet brewmasters, ask questions, taste new craft beers and enjoy the experience with other enthusiasts,” said Anne Druck, President, York County Convention & Visitors Bureau.
The Susquehanna Ale Trail has doubled in size since the first Passport Event last spring and includes breweries, brew pubs and brewing outlets in York, Lancaster, Dauphin and Franklin counties.
- The latest brewery to hit the York craft beer scene is Liquid Hero Brewery, a small- scale microbrewery devoted to bringing the flavor back to beer. Friends Matt, Christian and Josh started producing beer out of a garage in York in 2008 and have been mastering the art of brewing ever since. Pull up a stool in the brewery’s cozy tasting room and sample a pint of American Hero – an amber-colored American ale and the frontrunner of all four flagship beers.
- Housed in a 100-year-old renovated factory building in downtown Hanover, Warehouse Craft Brewing Company, is the brainchild of local businessman Keith Stambaugh. After spending years perfecting small batches of home brews for friends and family, Stambaugh opened the microbrewery in November 2012. Stop in to taste a variety of ales and pilsners with creative names such as Warehouse Passive/Aggressive Pale Ale or Leggy Blonde Imperial Blonde Ale.
- Starting on a small 3 bbl system in 2000, brewer Scott Bowser had no idea that Swashbuckler Brewing Company, on the grounds of the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, would take off with such smashing success. After just one season, the small brewery could not keep up with Faire patrons’ requests for hand-crafted ales and lagers, and expanded to a much larger system offering everything from a light German style-Kolsch ale to a Belgium-style dubbel ale.
- Taste everything from a citrusy IPA to a robust Stout at Central Pennsylvania’s first nano-brewery, Rumspringa Brewing Company, located in the Lancaster Beer & Wine Gallery. Relax in the Barn Café and sample one of Rumspringa’s four signature beers, or choose from two rotating seasonal brews.
- Named for the patron saint of brewers, Saint Boniface Craft Brewing Company in Ephrata offers more than six varieties of beers. Friends Mike and Jon combined their brewing expertise to create rich, tasty brews.
- In Chambersburg, raise a glass at “America’s Freshest Brewery,” Roy-Pitz Brewing Company. Passionate brewmasters Jesse and Ryan refer to their beer as “liquid art” and strive to create a product that reflects both imagination and skill. Learn about the brewery’s 16 beers on the facility tour, and afterwards sample the likes of Chicken Leg Stout, Old Jail Ale or Lone Soldier Sour Ale.
- Nestled in the picturesque town of Seven Valleys, Pennsylvania, Old Republic Distillery specializes in hand-crafted, small-batch spirits made with only local produce. This limited distillery is the first of its kind in York County and produces top-of-the line fruit liquor with tempting flavors like apple and blueberry pie.
In addition to the seven new partners, the Susquehanna Ale Trail also includes Bube’s Brewery, Holy Hound Taproom, Lancaster Brewing Company, Mr. Steve’s Homebrew Supply, Mudhook Brewing Company, Stoudt’s Brewing Company and Tröegs Brewing Company.
Susquehanna Ale Trail Passport Event hours are as follows: Fridays 4-8 p.m., Saturdays 12-5 p.m. and Sundays 12-4 p.m
The year-round Susquehanna Ale Trail features 14 members organized by the York County Convention & Visitors Bureau. Visitors will encounter breweries, brewpubs, craft brewing outlets and one distillery all committed to the art of making great local beverages. As the official tourism promotion agency for York County, the York County CVB exists to positively impact economic development through all forms of visitation with visitors spending more than $850 million annually. For information on planning your Susquehanna Ale Trail getaway, visit www.susquehannaaletrail.com or call 1-888-858-YORK.