YORK, PA - Beer enthusiasts now have a reason to flock to York County and beyond as they discover the craft of microbrewing along the brand NEW Susquehanna Ale Trail consisting of seven breweries, brewpubs and craft brewing outlets throughout central Pennsylvania. The trail will launch with a special passport event to be held April 13-15 and April 20-22 from 12 p.m.-5 p.m. 

"The Susquehanna Ale Trail marks the first official ale trail in the state of Pennsylvania," said Anne Druck, president of the York County Convention & Visitors Bureau (York County CVB). "This new experience gives visitors a chance to join the brew revolution. If you have any interest in beer, opportunities to meet brewmasters and taste new craft brews have provided one more reason to visit York County." 

For the new trail's inaugural event, a limited amount of passports will be available at participating breweries. Visitors will receive guided tours, taste handcrafted beers and discover special discount offers upon purchasing an exclusive passport for $10. After visiting four member breweries, participants will receive an official Susquehanna Ale Trail beer mug. 

Beer drinkers can savor the trail beyond the passport event. The Susquehanna Ale Trail is a year-round experience offering visitors the opportunity to tour, taste and enjoy the local beer scene at all participating members. 

The Susquehanna Ale Trail consists of Mudhook Brewing Company, Good Dog Taproom, Mr. Steve's Homebrew & Wine Supply, Bube's Brewery, Stoudt's Brewing Co., Lancaster Brewing Company and Troegs Brewing Company. 

With new brewing styles and seasonal offerings year-round, American brewmasters are persuading more and more drinkers to switch from mass-produced lagers to locally made craft beer. Today there is a record 1,599-plus craft breweries in the country. (More) 

"The Susquehanna Ale Trail is the next must-do visitor experience," said Bill Moore, brewmaster at Lancaster Brewing Company. "Our breweries will offer unique opportunities allowing beer enthusiasts to be the first to discover what the south central Pennsylvania beer scene has to offer." 

For more information about the Susquehanna Ale Trail and its special passport event, visit www.susquehannaaletrail.com, or call 1-888-858-York. 

The year-round Susquehanna Ale Trail features seven members organized by the York County Convention & Visitors Bureau (York County CVB). Visitors will encounter breweries, brewpubs and craft brewing outlets all committed to the art of making great local beer. As the official tourism promotion agency for York County, the York County CVB exists to impact economic development through all forms of visitation with visitors spending more than $717 million annually. For information on planning your Susquehanna Ale Trail getaway, visit www.susquehannaaletrail.com or call 1-888-858-YORK. 

Cara O'Donnell, (717) 852-9675, ext. 109 or codonnell@yorkpa.org