The historic Appalachian Trail dates back nearly a hundred years, but there’s always something new at its picturesque midway point in southern Pennsylvania’s Cumberland Valley. Some of the most eclectic additions are a new crop of breweries and wineries that have just opened, or are about to open.
The forest and mountain beauty of the Cumberland Valley has another side, in the homegrown hops, wine grapes and artisan ingredients that make this an up-and-coming craft beer and wine region. Here’s a new brew review of the food, wine and beer spots in the Cumberland Valley that make this getaway worth visiting, or visiting again.
Desperate Times Brewery
Carlisle’s Desperate Times Brewery captures the spirit of the Prohibition-era bootleggers, with a suite of its own flagship craft beers named for historic rumrunners of days gone by. Brand new but historically themed, this microbrewery features an extensive beer list and authentic German-style pretzels, sausages and knackwursts. Mark your calendar for a variety of beer-themed events.
Ever Grain Brewing Company
A sprawling and bustling 10,000-square-foot tap and tasting room, Ever Grain Brewing Company opened last year to rave reviews for its handcrafted IPAs, pale ales, pilsners and stouts. Its cuisine ranges from traditional to whimsical, and a game collection of giant Connect Four, ping pong and corn hole is a fun distraction from the big game on its big screens.
Harty Brewing Company
Big things have come out of the nano-brewery Harty Brewing Company, with beers brewed onsite and a rotating selection of flagship and seasonal brews. Harty Brewing shows off the real flavors of the Cumberland Valley, with wines from nearby Allegro Winery, locally distilled spirits from Harrisburg’s Midstate Distillery and other local ciders.
Dead Lightning Distillery
The hard stuff goes down easy at Dead Lightning Distillery, a premier tasting room for spirits that just celebrated its New Cumberland grand opening. An impressive array of artisan flavored rums, vodkas and whiskeys of all flavors are served by this fun family with decades of liquor expertise.
Grand Illusion Hard Cider
A brand-new addition to the historic section of Carlisle, Grand Illusion Hard Cider fits right in as a cidery and wine shop with an old-country flavor. Its regionally-sourced and hard-to-find craft ciders, beers, wines and sodas are exceptional and complement a menu of charcuterie, delicious flatbreads and salads.
Burd’s Nest Brewing Company
Burd’s Nest Brewing Company in Carlisle produces artfully crafted beers driven by fresh and local ingredients. Its spacious, rustic and industrial-themed tasting room also features hearty and homemade food, including sandwiches and “loaded nachos.” Try the Citra Pale Ale for its bright flavors and aromas, perfect for spring and summer.
More to Come...
And Cumberland Valley is about to get a few more distinctive beverage attractions. Bridge Street Brew Works is scheduled to open in July, just two doors from Dead Lightning Distillery. Cold Springs Inn & Brewing Company will open its doors with waterfront patio seating and a view of the Yellow Breeches Creek. Mellow Mink Brewing will offer a restaurant and taproom that features sour beer.
Wine lovers will be eager to know that our county’s first winery with its own vineyard, The Winery at The Long Shot Farm, has been harvesting grapes, and just got a USDA Value-Added Producer Grant to begin bottling.
The best craft beer in the Cumberland Valley is featured along the Cumberland Valley Beer Trail, a passport-stamping beer lover’s tour with great prizes to earn. And you’ve got it even better when making a weekend in Cumberland Valley, with a new generation of microbreweries, wineries and distilleries just fresh from the tap.
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