Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Successful Pennsylvania Beer Crawl - Part 1

In our last post we took a look at a failed attempt to eat cupcakes. The day after that event Holly and Dave found themselves in Pennsylvania and had a chance to check out some of the beer scene in the Lancaster County / Harrisburg area.

In Lancaster, we stopped at the Federal Taphouse. This newer downtown location does not make their own beer, but they do have 100 beers on tap. Before anyone says "Oh it's just Yard House", these are all craft beers - no major brewers represented. The beers were mainly from the east coast, but there were many breweries listed from across the country and abroad. 

The food was excellent - especially the brick oven pizza and wings. The room itself is mainly one big space with high ceilings and huge windows overlooking a small portion of downtown.

For beers, we stuck with pints from Pennsylvania. Holly had two beers from the same brewer: Saucony Creek in Kutztown. She really enjoyed the North Ramp Stout, but wasn't a big fan of the Bling Banger Porter. Dave started with Big Gruesome Peanut Butter Stout from local favorite SpringHouse Brewing. Loved it! After that he went with Stoudt's Heifer-in-Wheat. Too hoppy.
The pretzel appy is actually 2 big loaves of pretzel bread

Another fun stop was JoBoy's Brewpub in Manheim. JoBoys's considers itself a nanobrewery and specialized in BBQ (we didn't eat anything here but it looked good - next time), home made beers, and wines made in Pennsylvania. There were about a dozen items on tap - but a lot were pale ales (not all beers were listed on the chalk board).

We tried a sample of 6 six beers: Manheim Red, Porter, Summer Ale, English Mild, Wheat, and Raz-Ass. Out of them all we liked the Raz-Ass and Porter the best.

Below are a few more pictures for JoBoy's. in our next post we will check out what is going on in Mount Joy.

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