Central PA is home to nearly 50 craft breweries of all shapes and sizes and brewing a wide variety of beer styles. Accordingly, there is no shortage of craft beer-focused events happening in and around the region any given weekend, offering loyal craft consumers plenty of opportunity to taste new brews, meet brewers, chat on homebrewing methodology and, of course, compare Untappd check-ins and badges.
This weekend will see a wide array of craft beer events taking place across the region. Better get your Untappd app cocked and ready…
Royal Square Beer Crawl (York)
The shops and galleries of York’s Royal Square neighborhood are partnering with The Beer Ace to bring you down to the up-and-coming arts and business district. The Royal Square Beer Crawl runs from Friday night from 6-10pm and each of the six stops will feature light fare from local restaurants, an activity indicative of the host business and, obviously, beer. Proceeds from the event benefit The Parliament Arts Organization.
Susquehanna Ale Trail
The Susquehanna Ale Trail’s annual Brewmaster Tasting Tour continues all weekend long with special tastings, behind-the-scenes tours and meet-and-greet sessions with the region’s brewmasters. This year’s passport event showcases 14 breweries, including some of the area’s newest establishments like Red Lion’s Black Cap Brewing Co., Hanover’s Miscreation Brewing Company and Wacker Brewing Company in Lancaster.
[Note: The Greenfield Restaurant’s Deschutes beer dinner – previously scheduled for Friday night – has been scheduled and is in the process of being rescheduled for May.]
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Reading Craft Beer Festival (Reading)
While the Berks Jazz Fest is drawing many music lovers to Reading this weekend, beer lovers should set their sights on the Reading Craft Beer Festival at the Santander Arena on Saturday from 1-5pm (or 12-5pm if you snag a VIP ticket). The event features more than 100 craft beers and ciders from more than 60 regional, national and international breweries. Check out the participating brewery list here.
4th annual Chili Cookoff at Liquid Hero (York)
Everyone loves a good chili cookoff. Liquid Hero’s 4th annual Chili Cookoff takes over the brewery’s parking lot on Saturday from 2-4pm as local cooks and restaurants alike go head to head with their prized recipes. Only thing better than sampling them all is getting to wash ’em down with Liquid Hero’s brews. Don’t miss out and feel like Homer:
IPA Fest at Stoudts (Adamstown)
If Stoudts Brewing Co. wrote a personal ad for Saturday‘s IPA Fest, we imagine it would read something like this: Are you into Fourplay? Have you dabbled in the Big Nasty? Are you OK with an occasional Black Eye? Ok, ok, this is getting weird. But seriously, IPA Fest features more than 20 hop heavy brews from Stoudts (including their own afore-alluded-to Fourplay IPA, Big Nasty Imperial IPA and Black Eye PA) as well as from Victory, Evil Genius, Peak Organic and others. It’s going down from 6-10pm at the brewery.
Record Store Day with Dogfish Head at Beer Mongers (Dallastown)
So a hophead and an audiophile walk into a bar… Yes, it can be scary when enthusiasts of differing subject matters converge, but Beer Mongers is inviting vinyl record and craft beer lovers alike to celebrate Record Store Day together on Saturday from 7-10pm, one pint of Dogfish Head beer at a time. It makes sense, given that Dogfish Head has been named the official RSD sponsor. In addition to a keep-the-pint promo, you can also enter to win a Dogfish Head vinyl record player.
Brew for a Cure at Harmony Hall (Middletown)
Area homebrewers are showcasing their finest recipes and helping to raise money for the American Cancer Society in the process on Saturday. The 2nd annual Homebrewfest and Competition takes place at Harmony Hall in Middletown starting at 1pm featuring samples of a wide variety of homebrews, live music and more. Prizes are awarded to the top three judges’ picks as well as a People’s Choice award for the top vote getter from thirsty attendees just like you.
[Note: Isaac’s Pickle Bar’s Victory Brewing Co. beer review & tap takeover – scheduled for Saturday, April 18 – have been cancelled.]