String of 12 Incredible, NEPA Craft Breweries Spread Out Along Scenic Path of the Susquehanna River
Follow the river. Find the beer.
The DiscoverNEPA Brewer’s Loop covers more than 35 craft breweries in Northeastern Pennsylvania. The route, in total, spans nearly 400 miles. That’s a lot of ground and a lot of beer. And we want to help you experience it all. From cozy taprooms scrapped together with dreams and a little do-it-yourself spirit to brewhouses where a bit of chaos meets creative spark, you’ll get it all. And, while the entirety of the Loop essentially circumnavigates all of NEPA, we took the liberty of splitting it up into three manageable sections.
Of course, it would be perfectly reasonable to just visit one brewery at a time. In fact, we recommend it. Plot your course over months, or a year. Keep track of your favorite beers. Compare one IPA to another. Put together your ultimate list of hefty, local winter stouts. The beer isn’t going anywhere. And you’ve probably got the time. Drink responsibly, spread that beer love and go do your part to put NEPA’s awesome craft beer scene on the map.
Now, let’s go take a little trip along The Susquehanna Stretch.
Journey from the rolling hills of the Endless Mountains across the length of the Wyoming Valley to the rural river lowlands of Columbia County.
This section of the Brewer’s loop carries over roughly 100 miles of road and rolls alongside nearly 70 miles of river. In addition to breweries, you’ll also find plenty of great restaurants, hiking trails, state and local parks and so much more. Regardless of where you begin or end on The Susquehanna Stretch, you’ll never be too far from a little NEPA fun.
The route courses through Wyoming, Luzerne and Columbia Counties. You’ll find 12 brewery stops in 9 unique towns. All along the way, the road crisscrosses and piggybacks the Susquehanna River. It plunges into dense cities teeming with architectural and historical significance, like Wilkes-Barre and Pittston. It stops in storied coal country outposts like Conyngham and Shickshinny. And it weaves and dips through pastoral scenes in rural centers like Tunkhannock and Bloomsburg.
An eclectic beer list as diverse as the people, the towns and the terrain along the way.
The beer on the Susquehanna Stretch speaks for itself, and in many tongues. If you’re into hops, you’ll find an assortment of strong IPA contenders. And no one is letting that NEIPA craze pass them by. Just about every brewery on the list features one or two versions of the tropically tilted, hazy creation. There are very subtle distinctions between different Stouts and Porters – should you favor the dark side. And, from Hefes and sours to classically simple Pilsners to truly unique twists on tried-and-true favorites, you’ll see it all.
This stretch of the Brewer’s Loop sparks the craft beer drinker’s imagination. It connects the journey, the beer, those who drink it and those who make it in a manner unmoved by pretension. It’s more than just a beer run or a brewery hop.
The brewers along the Susquehanna Stretch share a common lineage, borne of individuality, hard times and putting a little back into their work. They’re just as much coal miners in the dark and field hands in the sun as they are chemists and creators. They’re carving new paths, retracing ancient ones and leaving their mark on Northeastern Pennsylvania’s proud history of brewing. And, if each pint tells a story, they’ve got the time, so long as you’ve got an ear to lend.
Get out there and enjoy local beer.
DiscoverNEPA Brewer's Loop -- The Susquehanna Stretch
Nimble Hill Winery & Brewery
NEPA’s expansive northern countryside provides the tranquil setting for this winery, brewery and tasting room. They feature a regular line up of 7 year-round beers and the occasional seasonal offering.
Back Mountain Brewing Company
NEPA’s blue-collar roots are on full display in this veteran-owned nano brewery in Dallas. The iconic location’s modern industrial vibe blends with a laid-back atmosphere and expertly crafted brews to deliver the quintessential craft tap room experience.
North Slope Brewing Company
Exposed brick and rafters, live edge, wood plank tables and finished metal chairs offer a cozy industrial vibe for this Back Mountain favorite. It also helps that they always feature 11 tasty beers and an innovative modern menu.
Susquehanna Brewing Company
Noted for their incredibly laid back and informative brewery tours, this pioneer in NEPA craft brewing also features a tasting room with 8 of their fresh brewed beers on tap. And if you’re a true fan, you’d know that they also regularly tap casks of rare and experimental beers.
Breaker Brewing Company
Housed in a former monastery in Wilkes-Barre Township, this popular brewery and brewpub offers an ambitious dining menu to pair with their 8 unique rotating drafts. It is also home to arguably the best hand-rolled, fresh baked soft pretzel in all of NEPA.
Get your island groove on at this Hawaiian-inspired brewpub in Mountain Top. The brewery features a state-of-the-art, self pour tap system. The tap list offers a tasty selection of 10 beers including hazy, juicy IPAs, stouts, porters and pilsners.
Benny Brewing Company
You can see all the magic happen from the comfort of your table at Benny Brewing Co. in Hanover Township. The pristine, wide open brewery and kitchen are on display as you sample any of the eleven beers on tap. FYI – they have a BBQ pit out back.
Bearded Barrel Brewing Company
This scrappy microbrewery in Plymouth brings a fresh spin on the IPA game. Make your way to Bearded Barrel Brewing Co. for their insanely popular can releases and growler fills. You can also find them at many local bars and restaurants.
Five Mountain Brewing Company
Surrounded by lush, green mountains, this Shickshinny favorite has become a go-to spot for fresh brewed, cold beer. The cozy taproom is the perfect size for a relaxing night out with friends. They also fill growlers.
Conyngham Brewing Company
Belly up to their classic, horseshoe bar, grab a table overlooking the yard or find a seat on the porch. This small-town brewery runs 12 rotating taps featuring their freshest beers made with only local, homegrown ingredients.
Berwick Brewing Company
The Berwick Brewing Co. is a true, old -school, classic hometown brewery – the only exception is the stunning variety of beer. With over 20 taps, it’s tough to settle on just one style. Stop by in the summer and enjoy their German-style biergarten overlooking the Susquehanna River.
Turkey Hill Brewing Company
Bloomsburg is becoming a beer town, and the Turkey Hill Brewing Co. is leading the charge. This charming brewery and pub welcomes visitors with exposed beams and stonework. The beers are the true standout here, but the comforting and delicious food gives them a good run for the money.