By Blake Burfield on April 23, 2017
Happy Valley’s Best Beers, Wines and Spirits
Here in the land of Central Pennsylvania, we take our alcohol seriously. Our always-expanding list of breweries, wineries and distilleries more than proves that point. But most importantly, the drinks being produced here are no cheap knockoffs. These locally sourced, expertly crafted beers, wines and spirits rival any national brand and then some.
So when you’re in Happy Valley, forego the state store or beer distributor and make a stop at one of these local spots for a drink instead. You’ll be really glad you did.
By Blake Burfield on March 28, 2017
As spring slowly but surely arrives in State College, it’s time to start planning your warm weather adventures, and these brand new wine and brew tour packages from Happy Valley Hotels are the perfect place to start.
What sets the new tours apart from others is that they’re all at your own pace—allowing you to taste Happy Valley’s best locally-crafted beers, spirits and wines on whatever schedule you choose, along with gift cards galore and an overnight stay.
By Jeff Cavanaugh on November 14, 2016
Photo: © Dante’s
It is no secret that whether you are a cash-strapped Penn State student or an alum looking to relive your college days, you can always find $2 PBR cans at the Phyrst or a $5 Monkey Boy at The Saloon or the legendary "Case of Rocks" at the Rathskeller. But with a growing emphasis on craft beers and classic cocktails throughout Happy Valley, downtown State College has become more than just your typical shot and cheap beer college town.
By Cara Aungst on October 21, 2016
The Nittany Lion Inn has long made a niche for itself for its old world charm, inventive and delicious food and unmatched guest happiness. Over the past few years, there has been something else putting The Nittany Lion Inn on the map – its love for international wines. It started when Sean Caviston, The Dining Room's operational manager, began training with the Court of Master Sommeliers of North America. As he studied each region and how soil, climate and technique influenced unique wines, he created dining experiences at The Dining Room to share what he'd learned.
By Holly Swanson on September 26, 2016
The Dining Room at The Nittany Lion became the first restaurant in the State College area—and only the 18th in the state—to earn a “Best Of” Award of Excellence by the internationally respected Wine Spectator magazine. Wine Spectator’s ranking system is considered to be the industry standard by which restaurants and vineyards mark their progress and exclusivity.
By Cara Aungst on September 22, 2016
The road to Happy Valley Vineyard and Winery leads past industrial buildings, then neighborhoods with bicycles and dogs on the sidewalks, then onto a winding road past cornfields and ready-to-be harvested grapevines trailing by the car window. It's a picture of Happy Valley as a whole – the best of both worlds – a place where city and industry lives in camaraderie with country fields and good, fine wine.
Let the Good Times Roll Stomp
By Cara Aungst on September 22, 2016
Mount Nittany Vineyard and Winery shares its name with Happy Valley's most iconic landmark, and as the mountain puts on its amazing autumnal show of oranges, reds and yellows, the winery brings us some of the best fun and flavors of the season.
By Holly Swanson on September 19, 2016
We already know that the State College area is your go-to place for great Penn State events, especially during football weekends in the fall. But Central Pennsylvania is becoming well-known as a mecca for local vineyards and breweries. Not only can you stop by for a tour and tasting, you can pack up your car with a few bottles to enjoy back home long after your visit. Here’s our top picks of the best wineries and craft breweries in the area.
Mount Nittany Vineyard & Winery
300 Houser Road, Centre Hall, 814-466-6373
By Cara Aungst on August 23, 2016
“Here's to alcohol, the rose colored glasses of life.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald
At any establishment in Happy Valley, you’re just as likely to strike up a conversation with a 1972 Penn State grad as you are a 2004 graduate. And while there are a number of commonalities between all Penn State alums, there are usually significant differences in the popular drinks at the time of graduation.