By Holly Riddle on December 12, 2017
There are plenty of places in town where you can order a seasonally-inspired drink, but where do you head when you want to go straight to the source? Happy Valley has some fantastic wineries, breweries and distilleries. Stop by any of the favorites on our list for a seasonal variety, or the perfect holiday gift.
Good Intent Cider
By Blake Burfield on July 25, 2017
Summertime means it’s time to kick back and let yourself relax a little with a drink or two. And if you’re in Happy Valley this summer, you’re in the right place for it. We’ve got all the craft breweries, wineries, distilleries, and even cideries you could need. Each one is fantastic and offers its own unique perks, so you can’t go wrong with any of these fresh, local options.
By Anonymous (not verified) on June 13, 2017
Head to Legends at The Penn Stater this weekend for a tap takeover courtesy of Rusty Rail Brewing Company. The event begins at 6:30 p.m., June 16, and runs all through Father's Day weekend. Stop by Friday, 7-9 p.m., for complimentary appetizers from the kitchen, and to chat with the brewery reps on-site to hand out samples, give away great prizes every hour and tell you a little bit more about Rusty Rail. In addition, each night, you'll have the chance to win a dinner for two at Legends!
By Anonymous (not verified) on May 23, 2017
You probably stopped at one of our local wineries, breweries or cideries on your way to a tailgate last season, but this is a brand new year. Check out our ever-expanding list of breweries, wineries and distilleries where you can enjoy locally sourced, expertly crafted drinks.
The next time you’re here, 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 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 Blake Burfield on December 15, 2016
Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you have to fall into a rut of doing nothing exciting.
There's a reason brew tours have become so wildly popular lately. They give you a taste of all of an area's best locally brewed beers and foods without having to do any of the leg work. And Happy Valley Hotels has upcoming brew tours that also throw in an overnight stay.
What better way to ditch the same old, same old?
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 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.