Rumors and Round-Ups (Rumor Mill 1.29.24)

Rumors and Round-Ups (Rumor Mill 1.29.24)

The Rumor Mill – 1.29.24

Occasionally, we get some information, snippets and things that I feel might be worth posting about, but not sure if they could be a full article on their own, and as I do research and look into things, I don’t have a lot more to go on other than insider business talk.

So this will be an infrequent series I suppose here at the blog, of just “rumors” “possible news” and things that might never come to fruition, might never blossom, etc. Things will be kept track of though.


  • The Renaissance Faire (Mount Hope) Brewfest is likely not to happen in 2024, and is likely done for good.
  • Continuing with brewfests – the Lancaster Brewfest which hasn’t happened in several years, is likely also completely done.
  • But, on the flipside – there will be a brewfest in the Giant Center before a Hershey Bears game sometime in February.
  • Also, there is going to be a brewfest at Beaver Stadium – State College PA – in May. This is shaping up to be a huge brewfest, with lots of big name East Coast breweries, and will be held on the field.
  • Ever Grain is looking to turn their purchased Sports City location into their third location, and second facility for brewing. Rumor / news is that they purchased the former sports arena a few years back and want to turn it into a huge venue and facility. This is in Linglestown on Rt. 39 by the Arooga’s and Sheetz. Formerly used for youth soccer as well as the Harrisburg Heat (training and publicity) as well as many other events. (I even played there as a youth.) The building will need a lot of work however.
  • The Cushwa Brewfest was a big success but undersold expectations. Some notable things too is talk of breweries that will be moving, shipping around, and some that might be having their last big hurrah this year.
  • Unsubstantiated, but rumor heard was that Prototype Brewery has lost their financial backer, despite looking at several Harrisburg / Central PA locations. Hopefully this gets rectified soon and they find a backer and a location.
  • Official BBQ and Brewing which was talked about moving from their current Rutherford location to Carlisle (the old Burd’s Nest Brewery) looks to not be making the move.
  • Big Bottom Brewery in Dillsburg is looking to be opening a second location.
  • A lot of Central PA breweries are scaling back and are lowering costs and minimizing their brew schedules and amount of different types of beers they will be releasing. More of a truncated schedule for many, and research and development or novelty one off beers will be less frequent and less likely, and more of a “keeping to the core flagship” style.
  • Troegs Brewing is looking to jump into the 19.2 oz convenience store market with their Graffiti Highway series. Making different variants as the years go by, in an effort to compete with New Belgium’s Voodoo Ranger series and New Trails Broken Heels series.
  • The cheap quick and grab high-ABV 19.2 oz cans you see at Sheetz, Rutters, WaWa’s, etc, will become more popular and more than just a fad. This is big market share that a lot of breweries are looking to tap into. (See Troegs above.)
  • This seems to be all for now. If more little rumors, tidbits, and news pops up, we’ll be sure to let everyone know!


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