Pair Your Spring Fun with a Local Beverage
By Leah Grubb
Here in Happy Valley, it’s no secret that we like our wine — and spirits. Whether we are having a backyard BBQ with the family or are heading out to tailgate at the Penn State game, you’ll see us breaking out refreshing beverages from local wineries, cideries, and distilleries. After all, Mount Nittany Vineyard & Winery has a popular Tailgate Red that pairs perfectly with burgers, hot dogs and BBQ.
We have a few months yet before avid fans start packing into Beaver Stadium to see the Nittany Lions play, but don’t worry! You can still enjoy your favorite local beverages by stopping in for a tasting or swinging by an event this spring.
Fresh Tastes at Hungry Run Wine & Spirits
If you haven’t participated in a tasting at Hungry Run Wine & Spirits, you’re missing out on some of the more unique tastes the Central Pennsylvania wine scene has to offer.
Sure, they have your traditional sangria and red raspberry wines, but you can also take home a bottle of something you wouldn’t find elsewhere like Blackberry Lemon, Pineapple Passion (a 2019 PA Farm Show Winner), or Strawberry Watermelon (a Catawba base wine with a rich strawberry flavor and a juicy watermelon finish).
Craving something a little stronger? Hungry Run has you covered. They have an entire line of flavored vodkas, bourbon, American whiskey, rum, and apple pie moonshine.
You don't want to miss their Bloody Mary event on Saturday, April 27 from 10-5 at their tasting room inside Squire Brown's in Reedsville. They'll serve Bloody Mary's from their own vodka, perfectly paired with appetizers.
Get your friends together and head to their tasting room inside Squire Brown’s in Reedsville. Make a day of it. There’s plenty of seating in case you want to stay and enjoy a glass — or two! Stop in between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday; 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday; or 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Sunday.
You can also taste and purchase beverages at the Hungry Run Retail Shop located at 10042 US Hwy 522 South in Lewistown (open 12 p.m.–7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. –7 p.m. Saturday). Other selections include Hungry Run t-shirts and sweatshirts and a host of great wine gifts!
Music and More at Seven Mountains Wine Cellars
With over 40 wines to choose from, Seven Mountains Wine Cellars has something for everyone — from award-winning Chardonnay and Riesling to full bodied Blackberry Merlot to sweet fruit wines, like Rhubarb (yes, it tastes like you’re drinking a slice of grandma’s homemade rhubarb pie!)
Stop by for a tasting or to enjoy a wine or beer flight at 324 Decker Valley Road in Spring Mills (open 11 a.m. –5 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. –7 p.m. Friday and Saturday) or the Boalsburg Wine Bar located at 101B West Main Street (open Wednesday and Thursday 12–6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 12–7 p.m.; and Sunday 12–5 p.m. during April).
You won’t want to miss out on the live music events at the Spring Mills location. It’s a perfect way to spend a low-key weekend afternoon. Mark your calendar for one of these upcoming live music events at Seven Mountains:
Kelly and Mark of Biscuit Jam (Saturday, April 13 @ 3–6 p.m.)
Monica Brindle (Sunday, April 14 @ 1:30–4:30 p.m.)
John White (Sunday, May 5 @ 1:30–4:30 p.m.)
Mother’s Day Music by Sam Thul (Sunday, May 12 @ 1:30–4:30 p.m.)
And don’t forget about their café in Reedsville, Stonefly Café located at 6 North Main St. It’s open 11 a.m. –8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 11 a.m. –10 p.m. Friday; and 11 a.m. –9 p.m. on Saturday. Stop in for a cool wine slushy paired with one of their delicious meals. They have paninis, burgers and sandwiches (including cheese steaks and the popular shrimp po-boy), salads and tapas (we recommend the crab fritters served with sweet honey and roasted red pepper sauce or mouth-watering smoked salmon crostini). You can also enjoy live music every Friday from 6 to 9 p.m.
Dreaming of summer? It’s closer than you think. In fact, Seven Mountains has already released the dates for their 2019 campfires. They’ll be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on June 14, June 28, July 5, July 26, Aug. 9, and Aug. 30! Bring your own blankets and chairs and warm up by the fire with some great food and drinks and live entertainment! More details to come.