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Microbreweries & Brewpubs in Lancaster County, PA

Updated on May 21, 2019
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Maren has been known to bend an elbow and savor wines and brews. Learn about her discoveries in adult beverage-land.

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Breweries with Pubs in PA

Pennsylvanians love their beer and pretzels.

Understandably, the south-central pretzel haven area of the state offers, in addition to those pretzels, great pubs associated with microbreweries.


Stoudt's Brewing Company

Stoudt’s sits on the eastern edge of Lancaster County and may be the most well-known, due to a set of shops antique spots, grocery, and restaurants gathered there in a “village.” Furthermore, it holds widely publicized festivals and Oktoberfests throughout the year.

Stoudt's pub menu is full of seafood and munchies. Oysters, stuffed potato skins, sausage dishes, burgers, and steaks and sandwiches made with their own artisanal breads grace the menu. It also has a creamery which produces artisanal cheeses. The most intriguing menu item: how about a crab calzone?

Stoudt's special events throughout the year:

21st ANNUAL MICROBREW FESTIVAL AUGUST 25th 2012

“Enjoy over 40 beers from America's finest breweries, great food and
music. Chef Jim Carr will be offering a variety of dishes that are
sure to compliment the beers, like chicken drummies rubbed with Fat
Dog BBQ sauce, Knockwurst with sauteed sweet peppers and onions,
Hungarian macaroni goulash, Vegetarian Chili, Double IPA roasted red
pepper Hummus,Vegetarian Balsamic Pasta Salad, accompanied by assorted Artisan Bread from our "Wonderful Good Market."

The ticket includes 4 hours of sampling, a buffet, live music,
souvenir glass and a free shuttle to and from select local hotels.

AFTERNOON session: 12 -4 PM with music by the Daisy Jug Band
EVENING session: 6-10 PM with music by the Daisy Jug Band

Breweries attending: Yards · Victory ·Avery· Evil Genius · Appalachian
Brewing Company · Sam Adams · UBW ·Troegs · Erie · Fegley's Brew Works
·3 Guys and a Beer'd ·Breaker Brewing ·Burley Oak Brewing Susquehanna
· Boxcar. “



Stoudt's

A
Stoudtsburg , Adamstown, PA 19501:
Stoudtsburg Rd, Adamstown, PA 17569, USA

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The village with the pub.


Route 272, 2800 North Reading Road, Adamstown, PA 19501

717-484-4387


Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

Traveling a tad west of center city Lancaster, one finds this pub on the edge of the Franklin and Marshall College campus. (How propitious!)

The brewery started in the state of Delaware, but expanded the pub venues selling its brew from its original one in Newark, DE to locations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.

House beers include Pig Iron Porter, Raspberry Wheat, Iron Hill Light Lager, Vienna Red Lager, Ironbound Ale and seasonal Belgian Ales. Wisely, the owners mix up which seasonal ales are available among the locations.

“Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant is a privately owned company that produces distinctive, full-flavored handcrafted beers, accompanied by inspired yet informal New American cuisine in a comfortable, casual atmosphere. The goal has always been to produce food and beer that is fresh and inspired, consistently crafted and presented by a knowledgeable and courteous service staff.”

The Iron Hill menu is very upscale and geared to professional clientele with bisques, gluten-free dishes, dishes with salmon, goat cheese, quinoa, mussels, and hummus. Anyone desiring a more plebian food sauch as chicken wings or a cheesesteak will need to take it presented in an egg roll. There are also gourmet burgers, wraps, and hearth-baked pizzas. The seafood pot pie is a creative twist a Pennsylvania German favorite - chicken pot pie.


Iron Hill

A
781 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster PA:
781 Harrisburg Pike, F & M, Lancaster, PA 17603, USA

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Mix with the college kids at this pub.


781 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster, PA 17603

717- 291-9800

The Tap Room and Springhouse Brewing Company

The Tap Room is the pub location, situated in the heart of downtown Lancaster. Although small batch brews are made there, the main brewery (Springhouse Brewing Company) is in a barn in Conestoga, PA.

This dual site operation is a combination which works. The micro-brewed beer made at the Conestoga location is sold at the Tap Room in pints, growler fills, 22 ounce bottles, and six packs.

The brewery has a New Age/Goth sense of humor in naming its brews: Cosmic Monster, Beyond the Gates, Kerplunk, Planet Bean, Atomic Raygun Imperial Red, Diabolical Doctor Wit, and Goofy Foot are some of its offerings. Additionally, one comes with a full ghost story: Seven Gates Pale Ale.

For the hungry palate, soups, salads, and sandwiches fill the menu. Also, one can order wings, pizza, hot dogs, tacos, and occasional enjoy a pig roast with beans and chips. For entertainment, shuffleboard and Zoltar are available.


The Tap Room - the FUNKY one

A
25 West King Street; Lancaster, PA 17603:
25 W King St, Lancaster, PA 17603, USA

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25 West King Street; Lancaster, PA 17603

717-399-4009


Lancaster Brewing Company

On the eastern end of town, the Lancaster Brewing Company brewery and pub reign. (Its location is almost the mirror of Iron Hill on the west side.) Locals call it "LBC," which irrevernetly links it to the nearby Lancaster Bible College.

Unique beers are Billy’s Bock, Baltic Porter, Hefewizen (Bavarian wheat beer), Doppel Bock, Lancaster Lager, Fest Beer (lager), Celtic Rose (ale), Gold Star Pilsner, Winter Warm Ale, Oktoberfest, Kolsch German Style Ale, and Rumspringa. There is also a pub for this microbrewery in Harrisburg, PA.

The casual restaurant is somewhere between neighborhood bar and the Hill in its offerings. More accurately, it has it all. The eclectic menu includes tuna ceviche, white chili, steaks, ribs, salmon, and hand-tossed pizza. One can order portabella sliders and chicken wings, fried calamari. Bratwurst and Reuben sandwiches, burgers (including lamb burger and black bean burger.)


Lancaster Brewing Co.

A
302 North Plum Street, Lancaster, PA:
302 N Plum St, Lancaster, PA 17602, USA

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Convenient to other shopping in Lancaster.

302 North Plum Street, Lancaster, PA 17602

717-391-6258



Lancaster County, PA Microbrewery Pub Directory

Name
Phone
Address
Website
Stoudt's
717-484-4387
Route 272, 2800 North Reading Road, Adamstown, PA 19501
www.stoudtsbeer.com
Tap Room
717-399-4009
25 West King Street Lancaster, PA 17603
www.springhousebeer.com
Iron Hill
717- 291-9800
781 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster, PA 17603
www.ironhillbrewery.com
Lancaster Brewing
717-391-6258
302 North Plum Street, Lancaster, PA 17602
www.lancasterbrewing.com

Microbreweries of Lancaster, PA

A
Stoudtsburg, Adamstown, PA:
Stoudtsburg Rd, Adamstown, PA 17569, USA

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B
302 North Plum Street, Lancaster, PA 17602:
302 N Plum St, Lancaster, PA 17602, USA

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C
25 West King Street Lancaster, PA 17603:
25 W King St, Lancaster, PA 17603, USA

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D
781 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster, PA 17603:
781 Harrisburg Pike, F & M, Lancaster, PA 17603, USA

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Safe Pub Crawl

If you desire hitting these fine drinkeries, even though most are close to each other: your safety is important. Enjoy your pub sampling and remember to hire a taxi or use Uber/Lyft or a designated driver!


Photo and text copyright 2012 Maren E. Morgan.

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    • Maren Morgan M-T profile imageAUTHOR

      Maren Elizabeth Morgan 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Wabash annie, thanks very much! I think that interest in brewing is growing and that is a good thing.

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      wabash annie 

      6 years ago from Colorado Front Range

      I tried commenting earlier but it did not 'take'. Anyway, you have written a variety of interesting hubs. I decided to comment on this one right now because: 1) Colorado has a number of excellent microbreweries, and 2) some of my ancestors lived in or near Lancaster. Keep writing your excellent and interesting hubs!

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      wabash annie 

      6 years ago from Colorado Front Range

      You have written such a variety of great hubs but, when I saw this particular one, I had to comment right away on it. First of all, because Colorado has many fantastic microbreweries but also because some of my ancestors lived in the Lancaster area. Keep writing these interesting hubs!

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      Maren Elizabeth Morgan 

      7 years ago from Pennsylvania

      I agree.

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      amerben 

      7 years ago

      Not only interesting, but potentially very useful a well!

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