Many come to see the Amish, but they might be surprised to find out that Lancaster, Pennsylvania also has roots in Beer brewing. One does not usually associate cornfields, cow pastures, and buggies with a finely brewed beer or wine, but Lancaster is home to well-known breweries.
According to Welcome to Lancaster County, Lancaster’s brewing roots stretch all the way back to the 1800s when German Lager had become popular. Lancaster was home to a large German immigrant population that knew how to brew and so they did. Breweries in Lancaster flourished until prohibition when alcohol was made illegal. When prohibition finally ended things weren’t the same and larger breweries soon put many out of business. Only relatively recently has brewing been slowly returning to the Lancaster culture.
The first brewery to visit in Lancaster is Lancaster Brewing Company. According to Lancaster Brewing Company, originally the brewery was called Lancaster Malt Brewing before being bought up by Lancaster Brewing Company in 2001. Since then, Lancaster Brewing has been a keystone of Lancaster County’s Breweries. They now have over a dozen types of beer under their belt for you to try, but depending on what time of year it is will determine what is available from their seasonal flavors. Some of the more well-known flavors include the Milk Stout, Hop Hog India Pale Ale, and of course the Amish Four Grain Pale Ale. Lancaster Brewing Company truly has something for every beer lover, which makes them the first stop in Lancaster for any craft beer aficionado.
The next Brewery to visit in Lancaster is Iron Hill Brewery. It is just one of several that are located in the Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey area. Iron Hill Brewery’s history says they were founded in 1996 by Kevin Finn, Mark Edelson, and Kevin Davies; Iron Hill Brewery has gone on to win dozens of awards for its wide array of handcrafted beers. The brewery features half a dozen house beers and several seasonal brews that are sure to please a wide variety of palettes.
If you fancy a short trip outside the city you will find another well-known beer haven, Stoudt’s Brewery. Stoudt’s history Started by Ed Stoudt and his wife Carol, Stoudt’s Brewery was once of the post-prohibition microbreweries in Pennsylvania. The couple’s quest to recreate European beers has brought them over 20 years of success, numerous awards, and several mentions in brewery based magazines. Stoudt’s Brewery features their flagship brews like American Pale Ale, Gold Lager, and pilsner as well as specialty & seasonal beers like Fat Dog Stout, Triple, Oktoberfest, Smooth Hoperator, and Chocolate Porter.
If you enjoy beer and would like to try a wide variety of brews, Lancaster Pennsylvania is definitely a place to take a trip to.