Are you new to the Central Pennsylvania and York area? Perhaps you’ve lived here a long time but don’t feel too familiar with the local hangouts and eateries. We get that. There are so many great spots to get a drink and a bite to eat in the area that it can be hard to find them all.
Some of the best breweries in the region are the large and flashy ones that all your friends will recommend, but others are smaller and more difficult to find. Even if you think you’ve already tracked down all the best breweries in the area, we’re willing to bet there are a few out there you haven’t stumbled across yet.
We’ve compiled a list of all the best breweries from York to Harrisburg and from Carlisle to Lancaster. No matter where you live in the area, you’ll have plenty of great choices to visit, and we want to help you find them. Whether you’re new to the area and looking to find the best spots, or you’re a longtime resident looking for someplace you haven’t tried yet, we think you’ll find plenty of great options on this list.
Breweries in York, PA
Looking for some breweries in the York area? Check off how many of these locations you’ve visited, and see which ones you still need to check out!
- Liquid Hero Brewing CompanyLove the look and feel of a small, local brewery? If so, you won’t want to miss Liquid Hero Brewing Company in York. What started as three friends brewing beer on their back porch has blossomed into a uniquely delicious brewery experience for patrons. Drink prices fall into a moderate price range, and you can also enjoy a few appetizers and snacks like soft pretzels and popcorn between drinks.Liquid Hero always has a wide assortment of beers on tap so that if you’re not sure what you like, it’s easy to try them all and see. Bar seating is available as well as table seating, making it a great place to come with a group of friends. Their weekday hours are from 4-10, and their weekend hours are from 12-11.
- Collusion Tap WorksWhen you want to sample a few different beers, but you’re also looking for a full meal, Collusion Tap Works is the place to go. The crew over at this brewery takes pride in serving up a wide range of beers for you to try, with new flavors and styles available every week. If beer isn’t your thing, you can also enjoy their various hard ciders and other beverages.Drinks aren’t the only attraction at Collusion Tap Works, however. They also have a mid-sized menu featuring weekday specials, such as Taco night and Slider night, appetizers like chips, veggie platters and nachos and a delicious array of sandwiches and flatbreads. And if you want to have a little extra fun while you’re visiting, you’ll be happy to know that there’s also a wall of nostalgia board games and card games like Uno that will keep you laughing all night long.This great spot is open from 4-10 Monday through Wednesday, 4-12 on Thursday, 12-12 on Friday and Saturday and 12-8 on Sunday, making it the perfect place to stop whether you want to grab dinner in the evening or a few rounds of drinks late at night. Prices fall into a moderate range, and the establishment is conveniently located right in the heart of York City.
- Crystal Ball Brewing CompanyIf you’re looking to visit Crystal Ball Brewing Company and sample some of the best beer in town, you can choose between two different locations. One is on S. Beaver Street while the other is in West York on W. King Street. They have a loyal and dedicated customer base with people who won’t hesitate to crown this as the best beer in the area, and with their two convenient locations, they’re never very far away.When planning a trip to Crystal Ball Brewing Company, however, pay special attention to the hours. While the S. Beaver Street location has fairly ordinary hours, the West York location is only open on Friday from 4-10 and Saturday from 2-10. The prices are compatible with those of Liquid Hero and Collusion Tap Works, making them an easy choice no matter how much you’re looking to spend.
Breweries in Lancaster, PA
Looking for breweries in the rolling hills of Lancaster? Try some of these places out and see which one might just become your new favorite.
- Wacker Brewing Co.For the days when you’re going out with friends but not everyone enjoys a good beer, you might want to try visiting Wacker Brewing Co. This brewery shares its space with a distillery, so no matter what you like to drink, you can find something here. Wacker Brewing Co. has a proud history that they can trace back to 1853, making them the oldest institution of this kind anywhere in Lancaster County.You won’t find a full menu here, but there are a few delicious snacks to choose from, like hot dogs, potato salad and soft pretzels, all sold for extremely affordable prices. You won’t get bored while you hang out here either, as their dining room includes entertainment like board games, dart boards and more.
- Lancaster Brewing CompanyAt Lancaster Brewing Company, you can have it all. Enjoy a variety of beers, a full menu and a shop full of clothing, accessories and barware so that you can tell everyone else you meet what a great time you had here.Try drinks ranging from the Irish Red to the Double Chocolate Milk Stout to the Lancaster Lager and so many more. And don’t forget to save plenty of room for food — the menu is full to bursting with sandwiches, burgers, soups, pizzas and anything else you might want to eat. They’re open from 11:30-11, with those hours extending to one in the morning on weekend nights. In other words, whether you want lunch, dinner or late night drinks, they’re always here to serve you.You can enjoy the great beers and eats at Lancaster Brewing Company even if you’re not in Lancaster, as they have a Harrisburg location as well. Prices are mid-range, and the dining room is spacious. Make sure to block out plenty of time for your trip here, however, since this brewery is well-loved and always hopping with patrons.
- Spring House Brewing CompanyIf you’re looking for dinner, drinks and a great time in Lancaster, then Spring House Brewing Company is the place for you. They have a wide variety of beers on tap to choose from, as well as a full menu featuring everything from appetizers to entrees to snacks. Everything is priced moderately and affordably too.One of the things that truly sets this brewery apart is its atmosphere. The building has been restored and is a beautiful combination of exposed brick, Edison bulbs and more, creating an old-time feel. Outdoor seating is available as well for when the weather is nice. You won’t have to worry about getting bored during your visit either. Check out the upstairs floor to find some of your favorite arcade games.
Breweries in Harrisburg
Do you live in the capital city itself? Are you planning a trip to Harrisburg? If so, you’ll want to track down all the best breweries the city has to offer. Here are our top picks.
- The Vegetable HunterThis unique little restaurant used to be just a vegan/vegetarian café nestled in among the other restaurants and bars on Harrisburg’s 2nd Street. It’s still a vegan café, but the Vegetable Hunter has grown to be so much more than that. Now, it’s also a boutique brewery, so you can enjoy a good beer while eating healthy.The café has a great local, home-grown feel and is owned and operated by a husband and wife duo. They also have great hours, making them easy to visit. They’re open 10 to 2:30 a.m. on Monday and Tuesday, 10-8 on Wednesday and Thursday and 10-10 on the weekend. Don’t plan your trip for Sunday, however, as they are closed.
- Tattered Flag Brewery and Still WorksTattered Flag Brewery and Still Works is not located in the city of Harrisburg itself, but it’s within close driving distance, located in Middletown. The building itself has been recently renovated and features a fresh design that combines industrial-style architecture with reclaimed materials to give off a laid-back vibe.Their beers are tasty and come in a wide range of different styles to try, and their menu is also full of delicious salads, snacks, burgers and more. If you want to skip the drinks and come for a Sunday brunch, they even have a kids menu, so there’s something for the whole family.
- The MillworksIf you haven’t experienced the Millworks Brewery, you haven’t really experienced Harrisburg yet. Located in the heart of Midtown, this brewery uses a 15-barrel system to produce draughts you can taste in the dining room portion of this restaurant and brewery. Choose from Nitro Mocha Porter, PA Pale Ale, Urban Radler German Lager and so many more. No matter what type of beer you like, you’ll be sure to find a new favorite here.Beer isn’t the only reason to visit the Millworks either. They also have a full menu, and you can choose to eat from the rooftop Biergarten, the bar or the outdoor courtyard. Best of all? The Millworks is committed to displaying the work of local artists, so you can enjoy your beer, food, the unique Bohemian architecture of the building and the beautiful work of local artists all at the same time.
Breweries in Carlisle and Gettysburg
If you live in Carlisle or Gettysburg, you might think you’re too far from the central hubs like Harrisburg, York and Lancaster to have any truly unique breweries within driving distance. But that’s where you’re wrong. Here are some of the best local breweries near you.
- Molly Pitcher Brewing CompanyLooking for a great brewery you can visit without ever even having to leave downtown Carlisle? Look no further than Molly Pitcher Brewing Company. Here, you can enjoy a casual, low-lit atmosphere as well as a collection of delicious beers. As an added perk, the prices are inexpensive, so you can feel free to try as many different beers as you like.They also have a full menu, so you can enjoy food like pulled pork sandwiches, nachos and pretzels. And in case you’re worried about getting bored, they also have fun trivia games and other activities to keep the fun going all night long. Hours are from 3-9 during the week, 3-11 on Fridays, 12-11 on Saturdays and 12-9 on Sundays.
- Market Cross Brewery and PubMarket Cross Brewery and Pub is an old-fashioned English-style pub that’s been around for over 20 years. This timeline means 20 years of perfecting their menu and brews, so you know when you visit here, you’re experiencing quality. Choose from some of their most popular choices, like the Olde Yeller IPA, English Red Ale and Excalibur Imperial Stout. They’re also conveniently located near the center of Carlisle, so you won’t have to go far out of your way to pay them a visit.The food here is delicious too, as the kitchen serves up tasty comfort-style food that makes this pub the perfect stop for lunch, dinner or just some late night snacks. Sunday through Thursday, they’re open from 11-10, with those hours extended to 11-11 on Friday and Saturday.
- Battlefield Brew Works Tasting RoomIf you’ve just been to visit the historic battlefield at Gettysburg, finish off your trip with a visit to the Battlefield Brew Works Tasting Room, located just nearby. There are a variety of beers on tap that will all make the perfect complement to your historical trip. And if you’re a history buff, you’ll also be excited about the building the brewery is located in — a historic Civil War-era building.Be aware that since this brewery is so close to the battlefields, prices will run slightly higher. However, you can also enjoy a full menu of dinner and lunch options, as well as a variety of non-alcoholic drinks. After a long day of sight-seeing, this place is a must-visit.
Looking for More Great Spots to Visit in South Central Pennsylvania?
Is beer not your drink of choice? No worries. If you’d prefer a glass of wine to a beer, we’ve got your back. Check out our list of the best wineries in the area and find the spots you want to visit. Like both wine and beer? Browse both lists and decide on all the places you just can’t miss.
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