York’s Blossoming Craft Beer Scene

by: Tierney Pomone
August 3, 2012

When I originally wrote about the Susquehanna Ale Trail, I featured the stops listed on the trail as well as some pit stops located near and in Lancaster. When the trail was first publicized, there wasn’t much to report on in York just yet. There was a bar or two that served craft beer and one brewery, so I waited to share my thoughts with you. Since then, a few more craft beer stops have pulled in to York, slowly immersing the city into the craft beer scene.

I went down a few weeks ago to do a quick walking tour of the area’s hot spots and am delighted to report to you a couple of hidden jems just down the road.

The first stop on my little tour was to Liquid Hero Brewery. When I originally embarked on the ale trail a few months ago, Liquid Hero was celebrating its grand opening. I wasn’t able to make it over to their location then, but in a way I’m glad I waited.

Liquid Hero is a small, quaint spot just across from the York Revolution stadium. Currently it’s only open Thursday through Sunday with very limited hours, but in speaking with them it seems these hours could expand sooner rather than later.

My favorite beer of theirs so far is something they call The Mix. This concoction contains about equal portions of their Heroweizen and Schweet (strawberry) Ale. I love mixing two different beers together, so this was right up my alley. Also, their Hop Hero IPA series seems to be the favorite among my beer circle.

Next up was the Holy Hound Tap Room. Formerly known as the Good Dog Tap Room, Holy Hound is a great weekend hangout spot featuring 30 taps of craft beer, snacks from nearby restaurants and live music most nights. I was delighted to find quite a few beers on tap here that I hadn’t had before — including a quick favorite, Lavery 1847 Rye Stout.

Since their opening exactly one month ago, they have already gone through 100 kegs of beer, which demonstrates their immediate success in the area. This is a must-stop for craft beer lovers!

Just a short walk away is Mudhook Brewing Company. Featuring deliciously crafted beers named after fish, Mudhook is my new favorite place to hang out in York. I first visited Mudhook way back in April and was able to snag the first pint of their Wolfgang Chocolate Lager. As the name implies, the beer was brewed using local favorite Wolfgang Chocolate and was served with a Wolfgang chocolate covered pretzel. This beer has since come and gone, but I recommend you try their Deep Sea Stout for a great full-flavored beer.

It’s easy to make your own York bar tour, and there are plenty other spots of note around York for you to check out, including:

  • Bistro 19 – I have heard nothing but good things about the atmosphere here and was delighted to find that they have a growing selection of craft beer available a monthly featured $3 all day every day craft beer special.
  • White Rose Bar and Grill – I popped in here for lunch a while back and had an awesome chicken salad sandwich. To my surprise, they also have a growing craft beer selection. There are two separate bars in this building – one with smoking and one without, so be sure to find the right one for your preferences.
  • Cobblestone’s – A favorite amongst York locals for many years, Cobblestone’s features a growing variety of craft bottles, 67 taps, and  a beer of the month on cask.

Categories: Craft Beer, York

4 thoughts on “York’s Blossoming Craft Beer Scene

  1. Nfochtman on said:

    If you are ever back in the York-area, feel free to stop in a Maewyn’s Irish Pub for Beer School on the third Thursday of every month, or on the first Thursday for the Beer, Food & Music Experience in the upstairs Abbey – lots of great things going on in the York area, thanks for the kind words!

  2. Tierney on said:

    Thanks for the tip!

  3. Kris Bradley on said:

    Thank you for sharing. I cannot wait to plan a weekend to get out to York to check out these hidden craft beer gems.

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