As part of our DiscoverNEPA Brewer’s Loop Series, we’re hitting the road – yes, all 390-plus miles of it. We’ll be taking brewery tours, sampling stouts, lagers and IPAs, and tasting taproom grub all over Northeastern Pennsylvania. Follow along as we bring you a firsthand look inside the region’s exploding craft beer scene, and let you know how, when and where you can experience it for yourself.
Delicious Food and Amazing Beer Proudly Crafted in NEPA
Situated directly in the middle of the 98-mile Susquehanna Stretch of the DiscoverNEPA Brewer’s Loop, this plucky, Hanover Township brewpub makes its mark. Benny Brewing Company had quite a humble upbringing. This major player in the NEPA craft beer scene got its start in a storage closet at local, family-owned Marty’s Blue Room. Now, nearly ten years later, and after some dogged dedication and an almost mathematical approach to brewing, you can enjoy a pint of Benny’s finest at their very own brewery, restaurant, pub and beer garden.
Concrete, Steel, Wood and Beer
A modern workshop aesthetic creates an intimate proximity between the brewer, the cook and the patron.
An overwhelmingly, organic atmosphere pervades the wide-open pub side of Benny Brewing Company. Shimmering steel tanks peek through the back of the bar. Light rains from overturned galvanized buckets. Mismatched, unfinished pallet stock falls into place like dominoes around the expansive space. There’s an enjoyable honesty that floats in and around the polished tables and steel high back chairs. You can see into the brewery, into the kitchen and behind the bar. Nothing is hidden. A truce, of sorts, exists between guest, server, bartender, chef and brewmaster. It’s an agreement long cherished, yet sadly often lost in this age-old arrangement – we will fill your belly with delicious food and beer, and we will do it with a smile, and you only need to sit, relax and enjoy. No bells. No whistles.
In all, Benny’s offers a refreshing break from both the typical and the pretentious. That’s what makes it such a welcomed addition to anyone’s list of “go-to” spots. Benny Brewing Company is welcoming, fun and simple. It takes very little effort to relax and have a good time here. That alone makes it worth the trip (well, the mac n cheese also helps).
Handcrafted, local and a little bit different.
Visit Benny Brewing during the afternoon, and see the brewmaster toiling away at his latest creation, or perhaps cranking out one of the flagship beers. The process here is about staying true to the craft. The signature Pale Ale, Wit, 570 Amber Lager and Hopenstein IPA are straightforward, simple and delicious beers. They’re efficient, faithful beers that have been an essential building block to Benny’s ever-growing, ever-experimental portfolio.
Next to the flagship brews stands a long line of seasonal masterpieces. Benny’s loyalists return month after month in search of those harvest season releases like BennyFest or Pumpkin Ale. They warm up in the winter with rich Oatmeal Chocolate Stouts and the silky-smooth Parkway Porter. And, in the summer, they cruise all day on Sippin’ Time, an easily sessionable grapefruit IPA. It also pays to keep a close eye on Benny’s rotating tap list. Out of the 12 different beers always on tap, you might find some spectacular, one-off experimental creations.
Take a Quick Peek Behind the Scenes
It’s the Kind of Food You Think About When You Drink Beer
Savory classics designed with beer in mind.
Beware of the menu at Benny Brewing. It’s, in a way, a trap. The scratch-made comfort food makes you thirsty for beer, and, in turn, the expertly crafted beers make you hungry for hearty, delicious and greasy food. You can get stuck here all day in some heavenly, gluttonous loop of pleasure and delight. From their insanely perfect burgers and wings to the decadent, cherry wood smoked BBQ from their own pit, you may have to order a few beers just to get you through the menu.
They also feature a wide selection of soups, salads and sandwiches. There’s a kid’s menu with all the classics, and a truly beer-friendly host of appetizers like Giant Pretzels and Fried Pickles. And don’t dare leave this place without trying one of their local favorite Mac n Cheese dishes. Also, since you probably decided to go “all in” when you walked through the door, you might as well finish with their glorious Cast Iron S’mores.
Great Beer, Incredible Food and Good Company
But wait… there’s more!
In the warmer months, just as most of NEPA has reached the brink of restlessness, Benny Brewing opens up their beautiful, European styled Biergarten. Out back, immersed in delicious drafts of occasional smoke from the monstrous BBQ Pit, visitors will find picnic tables and classic yard games. It’s the same beer, the same food and the same fun, except it’s OUTSIDE!
Benny’s also features weekly happy hours and live, local music. And you can stop by every Wednesday for their popular BINGO night. There is also a small section of the pub dedicated to Benny Brewing Co. swag like shirts, hats, hoodies and much more. And if you found a beer you liked, look for it in cans at the brewery or in many local distributors and bottle shops.
If you’re serious about beer, dropping 75 bucks on a Benny’s Brewmasters Club Membership is a no-brainer. Some of the perks include: Brewmasters Club T-shirt, free meal on your birthday, 21 oz. pours for the price of a pint, ticket to Brewmasters BBQ event and so much more.
Czech Yourself – crisp, light and perfectly balanced Czech Pilsener
Parkway Caramel Porter – coffee, chocolate, caramel – so smooth and robust, you’ll be looking for a steak, or a good stogie.
Buck Tree 80 — hazy, aromatic New England Style IPA
DiscoverNEPA Brewer's Loop
Brewing beer is one of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s longest standing pastimes. Today, there are 27 breweries, both big and small, operating in Northeastern Pennsylvania. To celebrate, we’ve put together the DiscoverNEPA Brewer’s Loop, which spreads out over 390 miles of remarkable NEPA scenery.