Susquehanna Ale Trail Sample Itineraries

 

Here is your updated guide for charting out the perfect getaway weekend for craft beer lovers on Central Pennsylvania's Susquehanna Ale Trail.

Explore the websites of all participating locations for special events, happenings and new beer releases to help you narrow down the best weekend to craft your getaway.

No matter when you visit, your afternoons and evenings will be "hop"-ing. From there, round out your trip according to taste in a destination with plenty to offer.

Our Official York County Travel Guide and Calendar of Events are your road maps to brew up the time of your life here in the heart of Pennsylvania's Dutch Country Roads Region.

As always, hours and availability are subject to change, so please check with locations you plan to visit ahead of your getaway. And enjoy Bold Hops, Rich Flavor and Great Beer responsibly. Bring designated drivers - we have great times for them too here in one of the Mid-Atlantic's most dynamic and diverse destinations!

If you're planning a weekend here's your suggested "how to" guide to cover eight locations over three days and have one Great Time!

Friday - Explore Hanover's Craft Beer Scene

Locations on Tap:

Aldus Brewing Co.

Center Square Brewing Company

Hanover's known as the Snack Food Capital of the World, so it's fitting that your first stop is Aldus Brewing, which has transformed an old Snyder's of Hanover pretzel factory into its hoppy headquarters. Stop by the brewpub for some tasty grub and try the American Blonde Ale - just one of Aldus' easy-to-drink creations.

Side stop: Consider making time to tour Snyder's of Hanover's new digs, too. Nothing pairs better with a great beer than pretzels!

Afterward, head 15 minutes north to beautiful square of Abbottstown, where you'll find Center Square Brewing. There, head brewer Adam Myers serves up everything from his Center Square IPA made with hops from Bavaria and New Zealand to a German Chocolate Stout made with pecans and coconut. They pair perfectly with a great meal.

Side stop: You won't be far from The Markets at Hanover, one of York County's many authentic farmers markets. Shop for baked goods, fresh produce and more - or just grab a bit to eat and browse the shops

Saturday - The best brews of York

Locations on Tap:

Bailee's Homebrew & Wine Supply LLC

Mudhook Brewing Company

Collusion Tap Works

It's hard not to be inspired when tasting the craft beer on the Susquehanna Ale Trail. That's why you'll definitely want to check out Bailee's Homebrew & Wine Supply, where you can find everything you need to make your own creative IPAs. You can even take classes to hone your home-brewing skills.

Once you've had your crash course in craft beer, head to Mudhook Brewing Company, one of the anchor businesses of Downtown York. You'll find a unique selection of eats and brews at this brewpub connected to Central Market House. 

From there, head a few blocks over to Collusion Tap Works, York's newest craft brewery. Featuring a seven-barrel brewhouse and 24 taps of handcrafted beer, cider, mead and soda, it's a craft beer lover's paradise.

Side stop: You'll find examples of York's creative culture all around the downtown district. Take a walk and check out public art that includes murals that tell the story of York to sculptures like The Tinker and a statue of Revolutionary War hero Marquis de Lafayette. They're all great spots to snap a selfie! 

Sunday - Cross the river for more craft brews

Locations on Tap:

Bube's Brewery

SBC Brewsmiths 

Rumspringa Brewing Company 

Just over the Susquehanna River from York County, Bube's Brewery is where your Sunday will begin. Bube's Brewery is literally built on the history of Pennsylvania brewing. The old lagering cellar is now one of the coolest dining venues you'll find anywhere - the Catacombs.

Next up is SBC Brewsmiths, a co-op of three micro-breweries.  Tour the facility to learn the process behind craft beer before tasting some for yourself. 

End you craft beer journey by driving to Rumspringa Brewing, one part of the SBC Brewsmiths' trio.  You'll finish your trip enjoying handcrafted beers made with locally grown products.  

Side stop: While in the area, take some time to explore the Susquehanna Riverlands. Rent a kayak from Shank's Mare Outfitters and take a morning paddle on the river, or hike trails that give you some of the best views of the Susquehanna. 

About the Susquehanna Ale Trail:

Bold hops. Rich flavor. Great beer. That's the philosophy behind the brewery, brewpub and homebrew partners of the Susquehanna Ale Trail, a collection of eight establishments in the lower Susquehanna Valley all committed to creating good times and great beer.

All year, explore the Susquehanna Ale Trail at your own pace. Stop to enjoy lunch at a cozy neighborhood brewpub or strike up a conversation with a friendly bar patron. Spend some time, raise a pint or two and learn about the craft brewing industry from some of the experts who've perfected it. For more, visit www.SusquehannaAleTrail.com.