Beer, Wine and Cider in Happy Valley
By: Jeff Cavanaugh
Visitors to most college towns across the country always expect to see beverages like Natty Light, Franzia and Bankers Club Vodka flowing freely. However, here in the State College area, we boast some of the best local craft breweries, wineries, cideries and distilleries in the state.
Looking for a delicious Pear Cider? Skip the Woodchuck and pick up a glass of Ménage Aux Poires from Bellefonte's Good Intent Cider.
In the mood for a wine but tired of the 1.5 liter bottles of Yellow Tail and Barefoot at every dinner party? Take the party up a notch and bring along a semi-dry Tailgate Red from Mount Nittany Vineyard & Winery or maybe a Dry Riesling from Seven Mountains Wine Cellars – which was crowned Best White Wine in PA at a Pennsylvania
Wineries Association competition.
From IPAs, hefeweizens and sangrias to merlots, chardonnays and ciders – there is something for everyone being made right in the State College area. Here are some of your best options to drink fresh and local here in Happy Valley.
For the beer drinkers...
Happy Valley Brewing Company
137 Elmwood St., State College
Since 2012, Happy Valley Brewing Company and head brewer Josh Davies have built a loyal following of craft brew lovers with their wide selection of delicious year-round and seasonal beers. The Tailgater pale ale, Barnstormer IPA or the Phyrst Phamily Stout are some of the best options on tap at the State College brewery.
Otto’s Pub and Brewery
2235 North Atherton St., State College
With a beer fit for everyone’s taste, Otto’s is a go-to spot for local craft brew connoisseurs. While they brew everything from a hefeweizen to IPAs and lagers, there simply may be no better local beverage than Otto’s Apricot Wheat – fruit beers aren't just for the summer anymore.
Robin Hood Brewing Company
1796 Zion Road, Bellefonte
If you’re looking for a porter, a stout, a lager or a wheat beer – and everything in between – Robin Hood Brewing Company is the place for you. And even if your significant other isn’t quite the craft beer and hops lover, they are sure to enjoy a Blueboary Wheat or an Alan-A-Dale Apple Ale from Robin Hood Brewing Company. Photo courtesy of Facebook.
For the wine connoisseurs...
Seven Mountains Wine Cellars
101B North Main Street, Boalsburg
The wine at Seven Mountains has won numerous awards and whether you are just visiting with friends or entertaining a dinner party, you will find a Seven Mountains wine that fits the occasion perfectly. And regardless of the occasion, you can never go wrong with a bottle of the semi-dry Rattlehead Red or the semi-sweet “We Are” Cayuga White.
Happy Valley Winery
576 S. Foxpointe Drive, State College
Happy Valley Winery has over 30 locally made and delicious wines that will certainly cater to everyone's different tastes. If you're really looking to impress, pick up a bottle of Happy Valley's Vidal Blanc Ice Wine which won the 2015 Governor's Cup Best of Show Sweet Wine at the Pennsylvania Farm Show.
Mount Nittany Winery
300 Houser Road, Centre Hall
While the family made wine and fresh grown grapes at Mount Nittany Vineyard & Winery are enough of a draw, the views and landscape at their location above the historic village of Linden Hall is worth the trip alone. Mount Nittany Vineyard produces 12-13,000 gallons of wine each year and tastings of their outstanding wines – ranging from dry reds to semi sweets and fruit wines – are always free on site.
An apple a day…
Good Intent Cider
167 South Potter Street, Bellefonte
Good Intent Cider offers each of their delicious ciders for sale by the glass, the bottle, and growlers. And the owners at Good Intent Cider really do have good intentions – one of their newest ciders, the outstanding Rose Farm Orchard, was produced with apples picked on the sprawling battlefields of Gettysburg and all proceeds from the sales of this cider benefit the Gettysburg National Military Park.