The best way to try as many beers without making your wallet or liver pay for it is to get samplers.
But, you don’t always want to head to a brewery or drink four-to-five full pints at your local watering hole.
The good news is now a lot of our local bars are starting to offer craft beer flights from all over the country. Sports bars and gastropubs alike are all hopping on this recent trend.
They offer two ways to sample their expansive list of craft beer.
Craft beer bucket – $10:
A bucket full of ice and three different brews from their bottle selection, which is pretty impressive. My last time there I was able to get Grapefruit Sculpin, Elysian Space Dust and Flying Dog Raging Bitch IPA all for $10.
At any other bar those three beers might cost you upwards of almost $20.
If you don’t find anything that you like on the bottle list, which would mean you’re being really picky, they also have an ever-changing draft list.
Usually a sampler is around 4 ounces, but Underdogs knows how much you love craft beer and gives you a little more with 7 ounce pours.
Pair this with their great weekday specials like $9.99 NY Strips, and it’s a perfect midweek treat.
First, if you haven’t been here, go now. The combination of great food with one of the best draft lists I’ve seen in our area makes this a place of pilgrimage.
With 30 rotating drafts, you will find something to appease your palate. Whether that is a 17% bourbon barrel stout from Norway, or a kolsch that was brewed just miles away, they have it all.
There is not set price for a flight and you can pick and chose as many as you want. The prices vary based on the beer, but nothing is outrageous.
For a bonus, check out their bottle shop and market located right beside the dining area.
Arooga’s has been growing as a craft beer leader in the greater Harrisburg area for years now, so it would only make sense that they were on this list.
Their Second street location has a constantly changing list of beers from all over the country.
Five 2.5-ounce samples for just $8 allows you to pick and choose from the 53 beers they have on tap. Check their website for the newest brews that are added to the taps — NOW INCLUDING ZERØDAY BREWING.
Right now they have over 15 different pumpkin beers on tap, including five from Elysian.
If you’ve been following the site for a while you know that Garlic Poet is one of Sara’s favorite spots.
Their constantly rotating tap list is one of the most unique in the area. You can find anything from a barrel-aged stout to crisp, citrusy IPAs to go along with decadent food.
Right next to Garlic Poet is their sister restaurant, Grain and Verse. This place is a beer drinkers dream. They feature more than 300 bottles and three to four rotating drafts, including a beer engine.
The drafts are available for flights, but if you go with a few people you can each get a bottle to create flights of your own. Bottles range in size and price.
Funck’s might have been one of the first places in our area to fully embrace the craft beer movement outside of local bars.
Samplers include two different options. You can get four for $7 or eight for $13 and with 56 total beers on draft you’re sure to find a perfect combination.
Combine craft beer with NFL Sunday for a perfect fall afternoon.
Right on the same road as Funck’s is another great place to have a beer. The Batdorf in Anneville doesn’t have the largest selection, but they make up for it in quality.
Flights here operate a little differently. They chose four different beers at the beginning of the week to feature. Sometimes they have a theme, and sometime they don’t.
You will get four, 6-ounce samples for just $6.99.
Get’cher pumpkin beer fix at Rotunda Beer Co., in Annville.
Stop by Rotunda Beer Company next door for a perfect mix-a-six or growler fill.
A few years back bars started to embrace the craft trend. Now they can’t ignore the fact that people aren’t just drinking beer like they used to. They want more flavor and options and will chose smaller portions if they are able to try more and more.
Where do you guys head to get your samplers? Where did I miss?
I am always looking for new places to check out!