Popped into the Lancaster Brewing Company today in Lancaster. They’ve got a range of great natural tasting beers including a Strawberry Wheat. Lunch was also excellent and fairly reasonable with a burger to rival the one up the road at the Appalachian Brewing Company in Harrisburg.
Next it was off to Amish country where there were Shoo Fly Pies and Whoopee Pies to scoff, but that’s another story altogether.
Partly Sunny by the Ithaca Beer Co. is one of my most favourite beers of all time. Ithaca, based in Ithaca, New York State are currently building a new modern brewery just behind their existing sheds and I hope they don’t change the recipe. Other favorites from this brewery are their Apricot Wheat Beer which is magnificent as is the Flower Power. There’s nothing like a hippy beer.
Two breweries in one day. First the Appalachian Brewing Company in Harrisburg. Some good beers, an absolutely amazing burger and a fantastic gig venue upstairs. Next it was onto the wonderful Troegs Brewery in Hershey, home of the famous chocolate factory. Fantastic to see an incredibly modern and well run brewery with more than one or two decent beers. In fact I think I would probably buy at least five Troegs beers, the best being the Nugget Nectar at 7.5% ABV. It’s surprising how a visit to a brewery can change your persective on a beer. Before I would probably say I wasn’t really a fan but now, I’m definitely won over.
River Horse, a wonderful brewery from the New Jersey border with Pennsylvania.
This stuff is fairly strong and suffice to say after a moderate night’s drinking, this put me to sleep in about 20 minutes. It’s rich and incredibly hoppy hence the name Hop-alot-amus 🙂 There’s some more in the fridge right now, but I’m a bit scared of it to be honest.
I’ve been to New Hope before, about three years ago, so I knew back then it was a tie dye kind of place. What I didn’t know was that it is home to two great breweries – River Horse and Triumph. River Horse sadly was closed today but Triumph was and their IPA was spectacular.
While it’s not strictly an American Craft Brewer, compared to such it’s one of the more commercial and popular regional brews, its distribution stretching to Ohio. Yeungling remains one of the most important and best brewers in the North East and is currently under it’s fifth generation of Yuengling family owners. Fantastic free tour, history and samples – if you’re in the area, thoroughly worth a visit.