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Old 02-09-2011, 01:22 AM   #1
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Default Harrisburg to Philly - Brewery Tour Plan

Planning a trip to Philly via Harrisburg to facilitate a stop at Troegs. Looking at the map and the breweries along the way, here's the itinerary:
Troegs
Lancaster
Victory
Given that we're coming up from 2 hours south, visiting to taste is more realistic than actually going on the tours due to time constraints. Any concerns with this plan? Troegs is my favorite brewery, but I can't invest the time there for a full tour given our final destination in Philly. The plan is to visit the tasting rooms and fill some growlers, maybe buy some merch, etc. Am I neglecting any great stops in these areas?

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Old 02-09-2011, 01:36 AM   #2
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stoudts in Adamstown.

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Old 02-09-2011, 03:52 AM   #3
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It's terrible since I'm a PA native, but I've never been to the Yuengling brewery in Pottstown. I'm not a huge Yuengling fan, but it is the oldest brewery in America, so that should be worth something.

Also, once you reach Philly, visit the Philly Brewing Company. Their "Rowhouse Red" is outstanding. Or go to Eulogy or Monk's Cafe and sample some great Belgians.

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Old 02-09-2011, 04:42 AM   #4
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flying fish brewery is also just over the bridge about five minutes outside the city in cherry hill new jersey

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Old 02-09-2011, 04:53 AM   #5
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There are several Iron Hill Breweries in the area as well. More of a restaurant than a brewery, but they make some tasty stuff. I recommend the Vienna Red and the Pig Iron Porter. Grab a burger and make it a meal.

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Old 02-09-2011, 11:43 AM   #6
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I would definitely hit up triumph brewery in new hope they have some really great beers.

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Old 02-09-2011, 03:25 PM   #7
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Start in Harrisburg and hit Troegs and Appalachian Brewing Company. They're 6 blocks from each other.

Then head east on 283. Stop in Mount Joy and visit Bube's Brewery. Keep going on 283 to Lancaster and check out Lancaster Brewing Co., Iron Hill, and the new Spring House Taproom (all in the city within about 2-3 miles of each other).

Then jump on 222 north to Adamstown and go to Stoudt's (and Union Barrelworks if you have time, they're 3 miles apart).

After Stoudt's, jump on the Turnpike east to Philly. Get off at the Downingtown exit and hit Victory. Skip Philly Brewing Co., their beers taste like underfermented extract homebrew batches. Do hit Yards if you take your tour all the way to the river.

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Old 02-10-2011, 01:09 AM   #8
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Let me know when you're coming to Troegs, if I'm not really busy (unlikely, but you never know!) I can show you around.

Bube's is ok, the ambiance of that place is almost cooler than the beer...their stuff is really hit or miss, I would save them for another trip. Stoudt's is a classic, and only about 5 minutes off the Turnpike. Victory, then once you get to Philly- Iron Hill in the surburbs (the Media location is on the way, their pale ale is delicioso), then Yards (Brawler Pale Ale, could drink 100 of them), Monk's Cafe (I can't say anything to make this place cooler than it already is), Triumph (really REALLY talented brewers, they can do anything well). That's gonna be a good trip.

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A lesser known but also very good brewpub in Philadelphia (Mt. Airy) is Earth - Bread + Brewery. Just ate dinner there last night again and had 4 awesome beers. Tom Baker, the brewer and owner (along with his wife) was mentioned in Phil Markowski's book, Farmhouse Ales. Tom brews a great Biere de Garde, he has a version on right now along with a nice Flemish style Brown. If you like those styles, check it out, you won't easily find them anywhere else.
Iron Hill in Media has a good Pilsner and Belgian IPA on right now. The Pale Ale (Ironbound) and Vienna Red Lager are great beers they always have on tap.

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Old 02-10-2011, 12:26 PM   #10
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If this is a one Day trip, I wouldn't try to rush it. It could be one long day.

Coming from Victory to Iron Hill in West Chester is a bit easier to hit IMHO, But the media location is onthe way. Of course their is one in Wilmington DE area as well.
If your coming from Arnold you could go in reverse. Arnold to Downingtown via 95 or up 301 via the eastern shore (they way I go) is about 2-2.5 hrs. I'm familiar with the route considering live in Annapolis and the area most of my life.

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