Pouring Excellence: Pennsylvania’s Top Craft Breweries of 2023

Pouring Excellence: Pennsylvania’s Top Craft Breweries of 2023

Pouring Excellence in Pennsylvania

Welcome, beer aficionados and hop enthusiasts, to a journey through the heart of craft beer innovation – Pennsylvania! In 2023, the Keystone State continues to be a hotbed of brewing creativity, with its craft breweries pushing the boundaries of flavor and technique. Join us as we uncover the top Pennsylvania breweries that are making waves, earning them a well-deserved spot in the limelight and your pint glass.

Pouring Excellence: Pennsylvania’s Top Craft Breweries of 2023

Lets take a look at all of the breweries that are pouring excellent beers across the state of Pennsylvania.

1. Troegs Independent Brewing (Hershey, PA): A Craft Beer Icon

Troegs Independent Brewing

Our journey begins with the iconic Troegs Independent Brewing, nestled in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Renowned for their innovative brews, Troegs consistently delivers a diverse range of styles, from the hoppy bliss of Perpetual IPA to the rich and decadent Mad Elf Ale during the holiday season. With a commitment to quality and experimentation, Troegs remains a staple in the Pennsylvania craft beer scene.

2. Yuengling Brewery (Pottsville, PA): America’s Oldest Brewery

Yuengling Brewery

No discussion of Pennsylvania’s brewing excellence is complete without mentioning Yuengling Brewery in Pottsville. Established in 1829, Yuengling is America’s oldest brewery, and it continues to stand the test of time. Known for its traditional lagers, including the iconic Yuengling Lager, this brewery is a living testament to Pennsylvania’s rich brewing history.

3. Victory Brewing Company (Downingtown, PA): Craft Pioneers

Victory Brewing

Downingtown is home to Victory Brewing Company, a true pioneer in the craft beer movement. With a commitment to bold flavors and quality ingredients, Victory has become synonymous with innovative brewing. From the hop-forward HopDevil IPA to the smooth richness of Victory at Sea, this brewery remains a trailblazer in the Pennsylvania craft beer landscape.

4. Tired Hands Brewing Company (Ardmore, PA): Artisanal Mastery

Tired Hands Brewing

Ardmore is the artistic haven for beer lovers, thanks to Tired Hands Brewing Company. Known for its artisanal approach to brewing, Tired Hands crafts small-batch masterpieces that push the boundaries of flavor and style. From the hazy bliss of Alien Church IPA to the experimental delights of the Milkshake series, every visit to Tired Hands is a unique and memorable experience.

5. Weyerbacher Brewing Company (Easton, PA): Bold and Adventurous

Weyerbacher Brewing

Easton boasts the bold and adventurous Weyerbacher Brewing Company. This brewery embraces a fearless approach to brewing, crafting beers that are as complex as they are daring. From the mighty Imperial Stout to the fruity explosion of Berry Monks, Weyerbacher is a go-to for those seeking bold flavors and innovative brews.

6. Pizza Boy Brewing Company (Enola, PA): Artisanal Craftsmanship Meets Culinary Ingenuity

Pizza Boy Brewing / Al’s of Hampden

Enola is home to the culinary-inspired Pizza Boy Brewing Company, a brewery that seamlessly blends artisanal craftsmanship with the culinary ingenuity of its parent company, Al’s of Hampden. Known for pushing the boundaries of beer styles, Pizza Boy offers a diverse range of brews, from the hoppy intensity of Hop Vision to the smooth richness of Sunny Side Up Stout. Each beer is a testament to the brewery’s commitment to quality and the art of flavor exploration.

7. Sly Fox Brewing Company (Pottstown, PA): Tradition with a Twist

Sly Fox Brewing

Sly Fox Brewing Company in Pottstown is where tradition meets a contemporary twist. With a focus on approachable styles that still pack a punch of flavor, Sly Fox has become a beloved name in the Pennsylvania craft beer scene. The crisp Pikeland Pils and the playful Alex’s Lemon Wheat Ale showcase the brewery’s commitment to quality and drinkability.

8. Evil Genius Beer Company (Philadelphia, PA): Wit and Whimsy in Every Sip

Evil Genius Beer Company

Philadelphia’s Evil Genius Beer Company injects wit and whimsy into every brew. Known for their playful branding and creative concoctions, Evil Genius has carved a niche in the craft beer landscape. From the refreshing Purple Monkey Dishwasher Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter to the hoppy delight of I’ll Have What She’s Having, Evil Genius keeps beer enthusiasts guessing and toasting with a smile.

9. Round Guys Brewing Company (Lansdale, PA): Community-Centric Craftmanship

Round Guys Brewing

Lansdale’s Round Guys Brewing Company is a community-centric brewery that takes pride in its craft. With a welcoming taproom and a diverse lineup of beers, including the sessionable Kolsch and the robust The Berliner, Round Guys fosters a sense of camaraderie among its patrons. It’s a testament to the power of local craft beer in bringing people together.

10. Funk Brewing Company (Emmaus, PA): Funky Flavors, Serious Craft

Funk Brewing

Our journey concludes in Emmaus with Funk Brewing Company, where funky flavors meet serious craft. Specializing in a range of styles, from hoppy IPAs to complex barrel-aged brews, Funk Brewing consistently impresses with its commitment to quality and innovation. The Citrus IPA and Silent Disco showcase the brewery’s ability to balance boldness with approachability, making it a must-visit destination for beer enthusiasts.

11. Boneshire Brew Works (Harrisburg, PA): Crafting Flavorful Adventures

Boneshire Brew Works

Harrisburg boasts Boneshire Brew Works, a brewery dedicated to crafting flavorful adventures in every pint. Known for their innovative and diverse lineup, Boneshire Brew Works offers everything from hoppy IPAs to rich stouts, creating a tapestry of flavors that captivates beer enthusiasts. With a commitment to community and creativity, Boneshire is a shining star in the Pennsylvania craft beer scene.

12. Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company (Croydon, PA): Waterside Brews

Neshaminy Creek Brewing

Croydon hosts Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company, where waterside brews meet craft innovation. Nestled near the creek that shares its name, this brewery offers a delightful range of beers, from the hoppy intensity of The Shape of Hops to Come to the smooth allure of Croydon Cream Ale. With a commitment to quality and a scenic setting, Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company is a hidden gem.

13. The Brew Gentlemen Beer Company (Braddock, PA): Urban Craftmanship

Brew Gentleman

Braddock is home to The Brew Gentlemen Beer Company, an urban brewery that embodies craftsmanship and community. Known for their meticulous approach to brewing, The Brew Gentlemen delivers a diverse array of beers, including the well-balanced General Braddock’s IPA and the seasonal delights of their limited releases. This brewery is a testament to the revitalization of craft beer in urban landscapes.

14. Conshohocken Brewing Company (Conshohocken, PA): Crafting Tradition with a Modern Twist

Conshohocken Brewing Company

Conshohocken Brewing Company marries tradition with a modern twist, offering a diverse range of beers in the heart of Conshohocken. From the crisp and refreshing Puddlers Row ESB to the bold and hoppy 2SPils, this brewery captures the essence of both classic and contemporary brewing styles. Conshohocken Brewing Company is a must-visit for those seeking a dynamic and approachable beer lineup.

15. Spring House Brewing Company (Lancaster, PA): Brewing with Imagination

Spring House Brewing

Lancaster’s Spring House Brewing Company is a haven for those who appreciate brewing with imagination. Known for their creative labels and equally imaginative beers, this brewery offers a spectrum of flavors, from the chocolaty decadence of Big Gruesome Chocolate Peanut Butter Stout to the fruity escapade of Mango IPA. Spring House Brewing Company is where every pint tells a whimsical tale.

Pennsylvania’s Craft Beer Scene in 2023

Pennsylvania’s craft beer scene in 2023 is a tapestry of innovation, tradition, and regional pride, embodied by these top breweries. Whether you’re a local seeking a new favorite spot or a craft beer enthusiast planning a beer pilgrimage, these establishments offer an unforgettable taste of Pennsylvania’s brewing excellence. Raise your glass to the Keystone State, where every sip tells a story of rich brewing traditions and the continual evolution of craft beer.

Pennsylvania at the start of 2023 boasted 500+ breweries. The above fifteen are just an example of the great craft breweries in the state. There are so many more to visit and try out from all corners of the state. Breweries like YAH Brew, Appalachian Brewing Company, Strange Roots Experimental Ales, Moo – Duck Brewery, Otto’s Pub and Brewery, Human Robot, Gunpowder Falls Brewing, and so many more. Be sure to cross the state and get to experience all of these great breweries. See our maps for more ideas on breweries to visit! Cheers!

A Series of Craft Beer Articles

This is just one of several in a series of over arching ‘craft beer’ related articles. Several alone in a ‘flagship’ series. In the next few weeks there will be some more that come out as well. I would like to have this general level of different ‘craft beer articles’ that everyone can kind of jump to and read and use for informative purposes, and give a better understanding for the other articles on the site.

Some of these articles are about definitions (like “What is Craft Beer?“) and others are about Craft Breweries in general like the Top 50 Producing Craft Breweries, etc.

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