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Don't Just Eat Local... Drink Local!
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.
FOR THE BREW BUFFS
Beer and wine tours have become wildly popular for a reason. What other way is there to taste so many of an area’s best local beverages without having to do any of the leg work? Happy Valley Hotels’ tours include a full day of tastings and meals, an overnight stay, plus an amazing welcome basket full of gift cards. Choose from the upcoming “Hop around Happy Valley” brew tour or the “Wine on your own time” wine tour. What better way to ditch the same old, same old?
2235 N. Atherton Street, State College
If craft brewing is an art, then Otto's beers are a masterpiece. Their arsenal includes everything from classic ales and lagers to a coffee stout, and the absolutely sensational Apricot Wheat. You can get any of Otto’s brews on draft, or purchase some of the best-selling flavors in six packs, cases and kegs.
137 Elmwood Street, State College
Both the diversity and flavors of Happy Valley Brewing Company’s selection are excellent. The popular Tailgater pale ale is a choice you can’t go wrong with, but don’t be afraid to try a more adventurous brew like the Stratus Loftbier or seasonal mint chocolate chip stout.
FOR THE WINE WORSHIPPERS
107 Mountain Springs Lane, Spring Mills
Every one of Seven Mountains’ wide variety of wines is outstanding. Their inventory of sweet wines in particular is a sight to behold, going way beyond just your basic fruit varieties with flavors that include butter rum, rhubarb, grapefruit, cotton candy, and even espresso beans.
576 South Foxpointe Drive, State College
With over 13 different types of grapes grown in its vineyard, it’s no wonder that Happy Valley Winery produces such a wide variety of great wines. Price points range from very affordable—like the best-selling semi-sweet Appalachia Red—to premium selections, like the award-winning Vidal Blanc Ice White.
300 Houser Road, Centre Hall
A veteran of its craft, the family-owned Mount Nittany Winery has been a beloved name in Happy Valley for decades. Tailgate Red is the #1 classic here, but of course there’s something for every taste. The breathtaking view from the winery’s mountainside location makes a trip here that much better.
FOR THE LIQUOR LOVERS
2255 N. Atherton Street, State College
Locally-sourced ingredients and a German-built still combine to make Barrel 21’s top quality liquors. Their current lineup of spirits includes gin, vodka, light rum, spiced rum, white rye, the phenomenal Apple Eau de Vie fruit brandy, and a brand new Limoncello liquer. With a tasting room, bottle and gift shop, and bookings for tours and events, Barrel 21 is the total package.
198 Match Factory Place, Bellefonte
The water of Bellefonte’s Big Spring—named Pennsylvania’s Best Tasting Water by the Pennsylvania Rural Water Association—is the base of every product at Big Spring Spirits, and it makes all the difference. Their inventory includes vodka, gin, cream bourbon, and several varieties of rum and whiskey. Each one is exquisite.
Can't decide where to start? You can try all of these spots and more on the Central PA Tasting Trail!
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