Susquehanna Ale Trail Sample Itineraries
With 13 stops to explore, you'll need to spend a couple weekends to experience all the Bold Hops, Rich Flavor and Great Beer found on the Susquehanna Ale Trail.
We've broken down the breweries into three easy-to-navigate regions to make your trip easy to plan. 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.
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.
As always, hours and availability of each brewery 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!
Explore the growing Hanover area craft beer scene
Locations on Tap:
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.
Next you can pair dinner with some tasty brews at Warehouse Gourmet, Hanover's first true brewpub, before heading about 15 minutes north to the 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.
Finally, head west toward historic Gettysburg, where Battlefield Brew Works is new to the Susquehanna Ale Trail. Nine beers are generally kept on tap, and seasonal brews like Oktoberfest and Pumpkin Ale always mean there's something new to try every visit.
Suggested side stops: Consider making time to tour Snyder's of Hanover's. Nothing pairs better with a great beer than pretzels! You'll be near The Markets at Hanover, one of York County's many authentic farmers markets, too. Shop for baked goods, fresh produce and more - or just grab a bit to eat and browse the shops
The best brews of York
Locations on Tap:
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, the city'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.
Then, you can head either north or south for more great beer.
To your south in Dallastown, you'll find the gorgeous Wyndridge Farm. Located in the rolling hills of York County, Wyndridge Farm brews six flagship beers and crafty hard ciders, and offers a delicious upscale-casual menu that pairs perfectly with your libations.
To the north or York, you'll find Lydian Stone Brewing Company, another new Susquehanna Ale Trail location. Here, you'll enjoy small batch brews of the highest quality.
Suggested side stops: 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! The Central Market House is also a favorite stop for lunch on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Cross the river for more craft brews
Locations on Tap:
Just over the Susquehanna River from York County, you'll discover Boneshire Brew Works, yet another new stop on the Susquehanna Ale Trail. The cozy tasting room is a great place to pull up a chair and enjoy a beer with good friends.
Next, take a trip back in time at Bube's Brewery, which 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 Swashbuckler Brewing Company, where Swashbuckler's Gold, a German-style Kolsch Ale, is the go-to brew and seasonal creations keep the menu fresh.
Finish your craft beer journey by driving to Rumspringa Brewing Company, where you'll enjoy handcrafted beers made with locally grown products.
Suggested side stops: 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.
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