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Kick Back and Cool off with Summer's Best Local Drinks
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.
Brew and Wine Tours from Happy Valley Hotels
We can’t think of many warm weather excursions better than a local brew or wine tour, and the newest tours from Happy Valley Hotels sweeten the deal even more, as they’re all at your own pace. Packages include an overnight stay at a top-notch HVH hotel and a load of gift cards for Uber and the participating breweries and wineries, so you can visit them on whatever schedule you like. Choose from the “Hop Around Happy Valley” brew tour or the “Wine on Your Own Time” wine tour.
Otto’s Pub and Brewery
2235 N. Atherton Street, State College
If craft brewing is an art, then these beers are a masterpiece. They have something for every taste, but the Apricot Wheat and Keewaydin Cider make for two deliciously refreshing summer options. You can get anything on tap, or purchase some of the best-selling flavors in six packs, cases and kegs.
Happy Valley Brewing Company
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 classic choice you can’t go wrong with, while the refreshing Knuckleball and bright, citrusy HayDay are two great choices for summer.
Robin Hood Brewing Company
1796 Zion Road, Bellefonte
You’ll find porters, lagers, wheat beers and everything in between at Robin Hood Brewing Company. Plus, they offer seasonal brews like the Summer Jul-IPA, Peachey Wheat, and Blueboary Wheat for some of the most unique summer flavors around.
Seven Mountains Wine Cellars
107 Mountain Springs Lane, Spring Mills
As if their outstanding wines weren’t enough, Seven Mountains hosts its summer Campfire Nights series every Friday from 6-9 p.m. You can bring your lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy an evening around the campfire with wine by the bottle, wine slushies, and beer on tap for sale. Boulevard BBQ will also be offering delicious food at all of this years’ campfires.
Happy Valley Vineyard & Winery
576 South Foxpointe Drive, State College
For some great scenery along with great wine, stop by Happy Valley Winery’s new restaurant venue, Wine and Café on the Park in Bellefonte. Its outdoor seating and waterfront location make for the perfect summer spot. Meanwhile, back at the winery, you can catch live music every Friday evening.
Mount Nittany Vineyard & Winery
300 Houser Road, Centre Hall
The breathtaking view from Mount Nittany Winery’s location makes it the perfect place to visit on a beautiful day. Their berry wines are great in a sangria or served over ice cream and sorbets, and it’s only right to have a bottle of Mountain Sunset to go along with a summer sunset.
Barrel 21 Distillery
2255 N. Atherton Street, State College
Barrel 21’s top quality spirits make for some of the freshest summer cocktails you can find, like the Barrel 21 Mule made with their own vodka or the Fiore de Limon made with their brand new limoncello. With a tasting room and books for tours and events, Barrel 21 has it all.
Big Spring Spirits
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.
The great taste of Big Spring Spirits’ products has everything to do with the fresh water from Bellefonte’s Big Spring. Try a bottle of their coconut rum for great summery flavor, have a Lazy Piña Colada or Bellefonte Iced Tea in the tasting room.
Good Intent Cider
167 South Potter Street, Bellefonte
Good Intent offers more than 10 varieties of cider ranging from dry to sweet, each of them made from freshly-pressed apples. We suggest the delicious Happy Valley Hodgepodge, which is blended from more than 20 kinds of local apples, including super unique varieties like Pitmason Pineapple.
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