This Saturday, downtown Lancaster is abuzz with fun – and beer. Although beer and fun are pretty much synonymous.
Craft beer fans pour into downtown Lancaster for the third annual Lancaster Craft Beerfest, which takes place in the 100 block of North Queen Street at Binn’s Park and Lancaster Square Park. Besides an amazing lineup of beer, the festival features local cuisine from Baron Von Schwein, The Fridge, Souvlaki Boys and more, plus live music by Hambone Relay and The Royal Noise.
There are two tasting sessions,
a VIP session (the VIP session has officially sold out) and a general admission session. Tickets are still available for the general admission session from 4-7:30, but they are going fast. The event’s organizers are predicting that the festival will sell out for the third year in a row. (Look, we want you to finish checking out this article, but you might want to pause and grab those last remaining tickets right now.)
Back? Ok. The great thing about beer festivals is the fact that you get the chance to sample beers from so many different breweries in one session. This year the Lancaster Craft Beerfest has added 16 more breweries and cideries to the lineup – bringing the total to 64 – from local favorites to national brands.
A taste of some of the new additions to 2015 festival
The third year of the Lancaster Craft Beerfest is the biggest one yet. Take a minute to learn about a few local breweries that you may not know about and see what they are bringing to the party and check out a few other breweries that you should make sure to visit during the festival.
Hanover’s Aldus Brewery brings along its American Blonde ale and its seasonal Knot Session IPA, which they are infusing with Citra Hops through a Randall. Check out our article from October 2014 and discover how the guys at the brewery were inspired by a 15th-century Italian typesetter.
York’s Crystal Ball Brewing Company (read more about them here) is making its first appearance at the Lancaster Craft Beerfest and they are pouring their popular Coconut Porter, All-Seeing IPA and their brand new Mango Hibiscus Wheat Ale.
Are you a beer nerd and/or a fantasy nerd? Then you won’t want to miss the Hobbit Beer Series from the Olympia, WA-based Fish Brewing Company featuring three beers named after characters from Tolkien’s fantasy series. At nearly 10% ABV they are as powerful as that precious ring that everyone is chasing after.
Everyone has been talking about cider lately (including us). Get a chance to taste a local producer at this year’s festival. Frecon’s Cidery – based in Berks County – makes traditional cider with apples from their family orchard, which has been producing fruit since 1944.
New Belgium Brewing Company is set to roll into Central PA next week. Get a taste of the famous Colorado-based brewing company at the festival and look out for more tastings and events coming up soon.
Mad Chef Craft Brewing opened in East Petersburg late last month and makes its first appearance at the festival. Here’s what they served up during their grand opening and a taste of what you might expect for the festival.
If you find yourself heading west on 76, plan a stop at Whitehorse Brewing in Berlin, PA. The brewery is located at the edge of two farms near Brothersvalley and Somerset counties and utilizes all natural ingredients. If you’re not planning on making a trip to Western PA anytime soon, that’s fine because Whitehorse Brewing rides into town during the Lancaster Craft Beerfest.
Have fun and remember to party safely. The Lancaster Craft Beerfest offers $12 tickets to all designated drivers and has partnered with Uber Lancaster to offer a free first ride up to $20. Check out Lancastercraftbeerfest.com for more details.