The Best Breweries In Pennsylvania For A Beer Vacation

With so many breweries calling Pennsylvania home, consumers have never been better positioned to pick their destination of choice. At the same time breweries are also offering more than just a few hand crafted pints; many are becoming the perfect destination for a beer getaway.

That’s why we have scoured the state to showcase breweries that we believe offer the ideal location for a beer vacation.

Check them out below:

Black Forest Brewery | Ephrata, PA

When a brewery can be accompanied by an award winning bed and breakfast, you don’t have to look much further for the ideal craft beer destination. Black Forest Brewery is located in the heart of Ephrata on 301 Main Street.

As we mentioned, the brewery sits adjacent to the “1777 Americana Inn Bed & Breakfast” which has been named a Top B&B for Beer Lovers by BedandBreakfast.com. They were one of only six Bed & Breakfasts in the country to receive the award in 2015! Explore the rooms in their B&B for yourself to see why they come so highly recommended.

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While the beautiful sites and sounds outside will overwhelm, the brewery inside offers plenty for out of town visitors and locals alike. Whether it is their hand crafted beer you are searching for, or a menu complete with salads, sandwiches and traditional bar treats there is something for everyone. Offering wine and cocktails allows you to have the ultimate beer vacation experience for the whole family! See the dining menu here.

If you want a full look inside this brewery, visit our review of their location. Or take a virtual tour from one of our recent visits:

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Turkey Hill Inn & Brewery | Bloomsburg, PA

Just yards off the Lightstreet Exit on I80 at 991 Central Rd, Bloomsburg there’s a one-of-a-kind brewery that represents the original farming roots of their towns history. Turkey Hill Brewing Company is a brewpub that comes complete with it’s own inn located in an 1800s era refurbished barn. The large wooden structure houses some of the areas best beers and food.

With a historic inn onsite, this is the perfect getaway for the craft beer lover who is looking to take in delicious beer in a scenic setting. The views at this location are too breathtaking to describe; so enjoy for yourself:

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Turkey Hill is not your traditional brewery. While most offer a tap list, accompanied by bar food; this location takes their offerings to the next level which is why we believe it is ideal for the beer traveler. On the main floor you’ll find a cozy English-style pub with stone walls and the warm glow of candle lights. Head upstairs for a more farmhouse design with barnwood floors and ceiling. The lunch and dinner menu ranges from burgers and sandwiches to entrees like Korean BBQ chicken and shepard’s pie and more. Explore the full menu here.

Get a full look at the inside of Turkey Hill Brewing from our review.


Rusty Rail Brewing | Mifflinburg, PA

When your brewery is located in a building with over 80,000 square feet of space, what do you do with all of that? If you’re a beer vacationer you are in luck; because Rusty Rail took some of that space and added their own private suites!

Located on 8th Street you’ll find this 15 barrel brewery that is sure to overwhelm any visitor. The large location is not the only part of this brewery that is sure to impress. Coupled with their rotating beer list is a food menu full of delicious offerings that range in flavors to satisfy even the pickiest eater. With two floors complete with full bars, there is room to explore over a multiple day visit.

And where better to stay overnight then the breweries very own suites?! That’s right, Rusty Rail boasts a multitude of personal suites that can be rented for guests to enjoy right above the brewery! These suites come fully furnished with their very own kitchenette, bathroom and anything else you could think of to complete your beer vacation.

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We recently walked all 80,000 square feet. Save your energy and let us show you all they have to offer:

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Whitehorse Brewing | Berlin, PA

The Whitehorse Brewing brewery isn’t just where the beer gets made, the location also offers a beer garden and overnight stay option as well! Owners George and Susan Walker opened space in their house on the property for guests to rent.

As their AirBnB listing says “not only will you get a great night sleep, but there are many activities to choose from, including exclusive brewery access. Minutes away from Flight 93 Memorial, The Great Allegheny Passage Bike Trail and Ohiopyle Whitewater Rafting.”

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The Breweries Along The Butler Beer Circuit

Staying overnight at the breweries we mentioned above can be very enjoyable. However visiting a large number of breweries over a few days truly makes a beer vacation exciting. We recently traveled along the Butler County Beer Circuit and we believe this is the ideal travel for any beer vacationer.

As of this writing, there are eight breweries that make up the circuit (with more coming); Butler Brew Works, Cellar Works Brewing, Missing Links Brewery, North Country Brewery And Cannery, Reclamation Brewing, Recon Brewing, ShuBrew and Stick City Brewing.

Whatever you’re in the mood for the Butler Beer Circuit is sure to have it. The locations along the beer circuit offer such a variety that there’s no doubt you’ll find something for everyone. Most of the locations along the circuit boast in house food such as; North Country, Missing Links, Cellar Works, ShuBrew, Butler Brew Works, Recon and Reclamation. And even the one that doesn’t (Stick City) still offers rotating food trucks to create a full dining experience.

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The beauty of the beer circuit is the fact that no two breweries are alike. With so many miles separating all of the facilities it can be overwhelming to try and enjoy all eight in one day. So we highly recommend making a weekend out of your visit. Each brewery provides such a unique offering there is no reason to rush the trip. With plenty of over night options along the circuit, it’s hard to pass up the opportunity.


Have you beer vacationed recently? What was your most memorable trip?

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