Brewery

Not Your Average College Student’s Drinking Destination: Where to Find the Best Craft Beers, Top-Notch Wines, and Grown-Up Cocktails in Downtown State College

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. 

Make Happy Valley Your Home for Wine and Brews

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

Drink Your Decade

“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.

The (Side) Dish: Our Favorite Finds, French Fry Edition

National French Fry Day is July 13, and if you ask us, that’s cause for celebration! We scoured Happy Valley for the cream of the crop of everyone’s favorite vegetable, and were impressed with how our local restaurants are treating the beloved potato. Here are some of our favorite fries. Show them some love on this wonderfully greasy holiday!   

Sample Happy Valley’s Best Brews, Wines and Spirits on the Central PA Tasting Trail

A lot has happened in Happy Valley in the past 15 years. For me, a transplant who relocated here in 2002, I’ve seen a blossoming of our local food movement—markets, food, beer, wine and more recently, spirits. Now that someone’s put it all on a map, there’s one more reason Happy Valley’s become a destination for more than weekend football.

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