By Derek Warren - For Weekender

Tap This: Breweries are a great destination for a summer road trip, just bring a DD

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Bartender Joe Strubeck of West Pittston pours a beer for a guest at Susquehanna Brewing Company in Pittston.
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Living in NEPA offers a wide variety of choices when it comes to travel, many of which we take for granted. Several major cities are within a 2 to 4-hour drive for great day trips. We experience all four seasons and we also have a lot of great local breweries.

Craft breweries in NEPA have been growing in numbers for the past few years while still boasting two of the oldest operating breweries in the country. These breweries offer a unique taste of the area and have a wide range of offerings for customers.

Here’s a quick list of breweries to plan a day trip around, or go for broke and hit them all up in one day.

Stegmaier/ Lion Brewery and Yuengling offer a rich brewing history. Both breweries are still in operation and brewing some wonderful beers. Yuengling is located in Pottsville and is open for visitors who want to see first hand this rich history. Lion Brewery and Stegmaier are not open for visitors but their beers are full of history and Stegmaier is still putting out new, and delicious beers.

One local brewery that acts as a connection between the past and present is Susquehanna Brewing Company in Pittston. The brewery has ties with the Maier family who was once at the helm of the Stegmaier brewery. SBC brews some classic beers with a heavy emphasis on drinkability and full flavor. The brewery is open for tours and samplings.

Breaker Brewing Company in Wilkes Barre is another phenomenal craft brewery. The brewery began in a garage and has steadily grown. A few years ago they moved into their new location with a taproom and kitchen. The beer lineup is always changing and they are always amazing. A great brewery to visit on a weekend afternoon.

Moving farther south, there is an incredible array of breweries and brewpubs. Two great brewpubs to visit are Bloomsburg’s Marley’s Brewery & Grille, which has medaled in the Great American Beer Festival, and Fegley’s Brew Works with locations in Bethlehem and Allentown, a brewery that has also won several medals at GABF. Both offer some great beers and great food!

In Easton, Weyerbacher Brewing offers some of the most sought after beers and with fall quickly approaching their much loved Imperial Pumpkin will be available. They are open for tours and have a fantastic taproom that offers a great view into the brewery.

If you are looking to head north, fear not. There is sure to be a brewery nearby. In Carbondale 3 Guys & A Beer’d have a taproom with a rotating lineup of beers. The taproom also offers a menu of freshly made foods and has talent performing on occasion making it a great stop for a night out with friends.

Another great stop is out in Tunkhannock at Nimble Hill Brewing. The brewery offers samples and the ability to purchase six packs and growler fills. One major difference between Nimble Hill and all other breweries is the winery that shares the building. Thats right, not only can you sample great beers and get some to go, but you can sample great wines and purchase a bottle as well. This makes everyone happy!

Further north there are two more. Nestled in Montrose is Endless Brewing which has a variety of great beers available for sampling as well as some canned for take home. The brewery’s Grasshopper Pale Ale has a very loyal following. In Sayre is Bluestone Brewing Company, which offers a great selection of beers, sodas and a revolving food menu.

This is just a very small sample of the breweries in NEPA. There are many more in the early stages of opening, which means even more great beer for the area. So all that is left to is to get out there and sample!

Just be sure to have a designated driver because there is a lot of great NEPA beer to sample!

Derek Warren is a beer fanatic, avid homebrewer and beer historian. Derek can be heard weekly on the Beer Geeks Radio Hour at noon on Sundays on WILK 103.1 FM with past episodes available on iTunes.

By Derek Warren

For Weekender

Bartender Joe Strubeck of West Pittston pours a beer for a guest at Susquehanna Brewing Company in Pittston.
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Derek Warren is a beer fanatic, avid homebrewer and beer historian. Derek can be heard weekly on the Beer Geeks Radio Hour at noon on Sundays on WILK 103.1 FM with past episodes available on iTunes.