If you like visiting Florida and you like good beer, there is no better place to stop than Dunedin. This little town on the northwest side of the Tampa Bay region now contains eight breweries. And they are all very walkable in a safe, compact downtown that is chock-full of local restaurants, shops, and parks.
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While Brilliant Stream’s readers love West Virginia breweries and beer, we also know you like to take a road trip now and then to experience the awesome world of beer that lies outside our region. Road trips are fun. Road trips are educational. Through Road Trips for Beer we provides ideas and suggestions for road trips we think you will find especially enjoyable and fulfilling.
Brilliant Stream was impressed by the beer at Hunahpu’s Day 2017 from breweries accessible to West Virginia beer fans on weekend road trips. We take a look at some of those participating breweries in and around Appalachian hill country, from Pennsylvania through the northern third of Georgia. Continue reading Hunahpu’s Day from Georgia to Pennsylvania→
While the festival had a very solid selection of craft beer from across the country, local Pittsburgh area breweries were the real stars at last weekend’s Pittsburgh Winter Beerfest.
With the festival held in the spacious David L. Lawrence Convention Center, you often had to search out the locals, whose taps were mixed in between the fancier tents and trailers of the New Belgiums, Deschutes, Uintas, Averys, Bells, and the like. But it was worth it.
Breweries from Pennsylvania accounted for about a quarter of all breweries in attendance. While local market sales reps staffed many tents of the big national/regional craft breweries, the actual brewers and brewery owners worked many of the local Pennsylvania brewery taps. That afforded festival attendees a special experience. You could actually talk to the folks who make the beer.
Finding all these local breweries in one place made walking around the football-field-sized floor of the convention center well with the effort. Even if you live in Pittsburgh proper, you probably don’t get out to all the Western PA breweries that poured at the festival.
The Pittsburgh region’s brewery scene has exploded over the past few years. It is now extending out from Allegheny County to other counties bordering West Virginia. Washington County today has at least four breweries. including one (Coal Tipple Brewing) no more than 10 minutes from downtown Weirton.
Breweries from the western half of PA at Beerfest
412 Brewery, Pittsburgh
Church Brew Works, Pittsburgh
Clarion River Brewing, Clarion
Coal Tipple Brewery, Burgettstown
Doc G’s Brewing, DuBois
East End Brewing, Pittsburgh
Full Pint Brewing, Pittsburgh
Helltown Brewing, Mount Pleasant
Hop Farm Brewing, Lawrenceville
Lavery Brewing, Erie
North Country Brewing, Slippery Rock
Rivertowne Brewing, Export
Rooney’s Beer Company, Pittsburgh
Rusty Rail Brewing, Pittsburgh
Voodoo Brewing, Meadville
War Streets Brewery, Pittsburgh
Yellow Bridge Brewing, Delmont
Artisanal Cider, Pittsburgh
Breweries from the eastern half of PA at Beerfest
Bullfrog Brewery, Williamsport
Evil Genius Brewing, West Grove
Lancaster Brewing, Lancaster
Neshaminy Creek Brewing, Croydon
Straub Brewing, St. Marys
Stoudts Brewing, Adamstown
Spring House Brewing, Lancaster
Sly Fox Brewing, Pottstown
Troëgs Brewing, Hershey
Victory Brewing, Downingtown
Weyerbacher Brewing, Easton
Yards Brewing, Philadelphia
Yuengling Brewing, Pottstown
Jacks Cider, Biglerville
Are you ready for a road trip
A weekend road trip to see Pittsburgh area breweries is easily done from anywhere in West Virginia. When you get to the city, stop in one of the local craft beer venues, such as The Beer Hive, Bocktown Beer & Grill, or D’s Sixpax & Dogz, and sample some local brews. Ask your bartender about the local breweries.
Also, the Pittsburgh Beerfest people do both a summer and a winter festival where you will discover a wide array of local beer. Make note of the ones you like, then venture out to visit their brewery taprooms.
Very few of these beers and breweries are available in West Virginia. The only way to try them is to get up to Pennsylvania. This northwestern end of our Appalachian region is producing some fantastic beers these days.
A road trip over to Lexington, Kentucky can pay unexpected benefits to craft beer drinkers. In recent years, the city has experienced a brewery explosion to add to its long-time stalwart Alltech Lexington Brewing Company. Newer operations such as Country Boy, West Sixth, Blue Stallion, Ethereal, Pivot, Mirror Twin, and Life Brewpub have heated up the competition in this university dominated city of the Bluegrass State. Continue reading Country Boy Brewing good choice for road trip→