Susquehanna Ale Trail Sample Itineraries
With over a dozen stops to explore, you'll need to spend a couple weekends to experience all the great beer found on the Susquehanna Ale Trail. We've broken down the breweries into 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. Don't forget to take your Good Libations Trails Map & Passport to earn your stamps!
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 Stony Run Brew House, where you’ll find authentic tastes and a homebrew and wine supply store right next door so you can start get started on your own adventure.
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, it’s easy walking to a number of other breweries- Gift Horse Brewing Company, Collusion Tap Works, and Old Forge Brewing Company are all within just a few blocks of each other in our historically edgy Downtown.
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, as well as offering up a delicious upscale-casual menu that pairs perfectly with your drink of choice.
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.
Northern York & Hershey/Harrisburg
Grab a drink at Big Bottom Brewery’s bar, made from an old bowling alley! This pizza shop turned hometown brewery has a great story to share and, of course, some great pizza to share too.
Zeroday Brewing Company in Midtown Harrisburg takes its name from the owner’s experience hiking the Appalachian Trail and seeks to be a relaxing place to enjoy a drink and unwind. Home to lots of live music and a gallery that features local artists, you’ll definitely want to stop in and see what’s happening.
Do you love beer? Do you love tacos? If the answer is yes, you need to check out Newfangled Brew Works and Koda Restaurant. This brewery/restaurant partnership is serving up great American beers and food truck-style tacos for a memorable night out with friends.
Tröegs Independent Brewing is the must stop spot for brewery enthusiasts coming through the York County region. Started by two brothers in 1996, Tröegs Independent Brewing has been making history ever since with inventive flavors, fresh ingredients, and a “why not?” attitude.
While you’re in the area, check out Roundtop Mountain Resort for year-round outdoor fun or stop in at Paulus Mt. Airy Orchards or Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouse to check out the freshest produce and farm products around.
Next, take a trip back in time at Bube’s Brewery Dining & Entertainment, 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.
While you’re here, clear some time in your schedule to take in a show at the Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre or see the county from a unique perspective with Aaron & Jessica’s Amish Buggy Rides.
Breweries to Visit: Battlefield Brew Works
Whether you’re making your way to or heading home from York County, you can’t pass up the menu at Battlefield Brew Works. Located in a historic Civil War era building along with Spirits of Gettysburg Distillery, the beers on tap here are always changing and always surprising.