Beer journeys

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First Posted: 7/29/2013

In continuing with the summer beer-related articles, this week summer beer trips will be examined. Some of these destinations, mainly breweries, are local and some are a bit farther away, but all are certainly worth your time! So, as Will Smith would say, “Put your car on cruise and lay back ‘cause this is summertime.”

First we need to look at what we have available to us in the local area. We are lucky enough to have an abundant amount of great breweries to visit all over the valley. Breweries like Breaker Brewing in Wilkes-Barre, Endless Brewing in Montrose, Susquehanna Brewing Company in Pittston, Berwick Brewing in Berwick, Nimble Hill in Tunkhannock, and the Lion Brewery in Wilkes-Barre. All of these breweries have the ability to give tours and/or have tasting rooms in which you can sample and fill growlers of the delectable beers to take home!

Staying within the Pennsylvania borders, we now move a bit more south for a few more brewery stops. If you are looking for a fantastic eatery along with great beers than Old Forge Brewing Company in Danville is the place to go; absolutely spectacular food with a rotating line-up of great beers. Another great eatery and brewery is Stoudts Brewing Company in Adamstown and, while you are down that way, swing over to Weyerbacher Brewing Company in Easton, where you can get their Imperial Pumpkin Ale on tap already! Also, in semi-nearby Hershey sits Tröegs Brewing Company, where you can get all of their fantastic offerings along with brewery-exclusive scratch recipes.

Now we need to venture a little further out and away from breweries for a moment. Philadelphia has long been a fantastic beer town and this fact still continues to this very day. Sure, there are breweries in Philadelphia such as Yard’s, Manayunk, and Nodding Head, but let’s look at some of the places you can get great beers and what you can get in this town. Philadelphia is the only place on the East Coast where you can find some of Russian River Brewing Company’s beers. Throughout Philadelphia you are able to try many of their breathtaking sour beers, such as Supplication, Damnation, and Temptation. Also, Deschutes Brewery recently started distributing to the Philadelphia area, so be on the lookout for their Mirror Pond Ale and Black Butte Porter, both absolutely amazing beers. These two breweries alone give more than enough reason to head to Philadelphia to try some. One bar certainly worth checking out in Philadelphia is Monks Café, where you can find a large variety of Belgian beers and many of the best craft beers available today.

One final beer-centric journey to take this summer is the Cooperstown beverage trail in Cooperstown, N.Y. On this trail you can visit more than breweries as well, so it is wife-friendly! The trail features two wineries, a cider mill, and three breweries. One brewery that is an absolute must visit is Brewery Ommegang. This Belgian-themed brewery makes some of the best beers today and has an amazing Belgian themed restaurant. Also, Brewery Ommegang is home to the annual Belgium Comes to Cooperstown festival and if you can find tickets online, as it sold out immediately, it is being held Aug.2-3 this year and features over 50 breweries from around the world.

So I think that is more than enough to fill up the rest of your summer with great beer trips. Get out there enjoy the weather and enjoy the beers and be sure to have a designated driver – you will need one! Cheers!