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Tapping Gettysburg’s booming craft beverage scene

Adams County Pour Tour
Photo courtesy of Destination Gettysburg

Enjoy discovering a new craft beer, wine, spirit, or hard cider? There are plenty of opportunities awaiting you in Gettysburg and its surrounding rural countryside of Adams County, Pennsylvania, including a new tasting tour.

The Adams County Pour Tour, launching May 11, brings together wineries, breweries, distilleries and cideries for an amazing culinary trail – designed to create one memorable experience through the bold flavors of this nearby destination.

Rooted in the heart of Pennsylvania’s Fruit Belt, Adams County is home to more than 20,000 acres of apple trees, making it an ideal location for growing not only 100 varieties of apples, but peaches, grapes, hops and more. Tucked among the farm markets, orchards and vineyards is a growing number of wineries, cideries, breweries and distilleries.

“Each of these craft beverage makers is special, but bringing them together into one trail will create a more memorable experience for travelers and encourage more visitors to explore the Gettysburg countryside,” said Norris Flowers, President of Destination Gettysburg. “The Pour Tour is a great way to highlight a variety of craft beverages – ranging from wines, to ciders, beer and spirits – all found right here in Adams County, Pa.”

Stops along the Adams County Pour Tour include:

  • Adams County Winery, Orrtanna
  • Adams County Winery’s Wine Shop at 25C, Gettysburg
  • Battlefield Brew Works/Spirits of Gettysburg, Gettysburg
  • Boyer Cellars, Biglerville
  • Brookmere Wine & Tasting Room, Abbottstown
  • Buddy Boy Winery & Vineyards – Tasting Room, Gettysburg
  • Center Square Brewing, Abbottstown
  • Halbrendt Vineyard & Winery, Orrtanna
  • Hauser Estate Winery (Jack’s Hard Cider), Biglerville
  • Knob Hall Winery – Tasting Room, Gettysburg
  • Mason Dixon Distillery, Gettysburg
  • Reid’s Winery: The Cider House, Gettysburg
  • Reid’s Winery: The Home Winery, Orrtanna
  • Thirsty Farmer Brew Works, Biglerville

Adams County Pour Tour participants will receive a passport to start their journey along the trail. Stamps are issued at each location for purchasing a drink or tasting. Once completed, Pour Tour travelers collecting 5, 12, or 20 stamps will receive official celebratory awards and will be able to keep their passport complete with tasting notes.

Pour Tour Passports and trail maps are free of charge and can be picked up at the Destination Gettysburg office (571 West Middle Street, Gettysburg), at any official Adams County Pour Tour stop, or requested online.

“We love to share the passion that we have for the wine we make and can’t wait to be a part of this new tour which creates a wonderful way to experience the local craft beverage community,” said Melissa Roth of Adams County Winery.

Events, such as the Gettysburg Brew Fest, Gettysburg Wine & Music Festival, PA Cider Fest as well as smaller-scale events held at various locations such as tastings and food pairings, will also be highlighted through the Adams County Pour Tour.

“The Pour Tour is a great opportunity to join other craft beverage makers in showcasing the growing industry in Adams County,” said Kevin Knouse of Thirsty Farmer Brew Works, one of the participants on the trail. “We couldn’t be happier to be a part of the tour.”

For more information on visiting the Gettysburg and Adams County region, check out destinationgettysburg.com.

Troy Petenbrink

Troy, also known as The Gay Traveler, is a well known travel and food writer. His has been a regular contributor to a variety of outlets including National Geographic, Travel Channel, DCRefined, CBS Local, and Metro Weekly. He also appears on local Washington news outlets as a travel expert.

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