The popularity of craft brewing has spawned a whole subculture with microbreweries and brewpubs popping up everywhere. In the Lehigh Valley you’ll find several breweries offering varied tastes and experiences. Many of the breweries are locally owned and operated by beer enthusiasts with a passion for preserving age-old traditions while adding their own unique flair.
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Get a taste of your Brew Tour adventure with our list of 10 Breweries to visit near Bethlehem, PA:
- Fegley’s Bethlehem Brew Works
A local favorite since 1998. The restaurant/brewery is a hub of activity at the corner of Main Street and Broad in the heart of Bethlehem’s historic district. The family owned business pays tribute to the city’s working-class culture through its décor and menu. The brewpub can accommodate 250 people with seating on two levels centered around the brewery’s steel tanks. Signature beers on tap include Steelworker’s Stout, Always Sunny Pale Ale, Amber Lager, Pawn Shop Porter and Space Monkey Raspberry Saison. Bethlehem Brew Works also offers limited releases and seasonal brews throughout the year. Lunch, dinner and late-night dining are available seven days a week. Guests can enjoy over 100 bottled Belgian beers downstairs in the Steelgaarden Lounge, which also features a pool table. Fegley’s Bethlehem Brew Works is two miles from The Sayre Mansion. 610-882-1300.
2. Salmon Pants Brewery
Newly opened on Susquehanna Street in Allentown, this nanobrewery offers an unconventional take on beer. Offerings include sweeter beers with non-traditional flavors such as coconut, tiramisu and lychee. Salmon Pants Brewery is committed to sustainability and plans to grow its own hops plus organic fruits and vegetables on a farm powered by vertical wind turbines and solar panels. The ever-changing menu features creative twists on classic pub food. The owners have also created custom augmented-reality games that visitors can play on their phone while at the brewery. Salmon Pants Brewery is open Wednesday-Sunday and is just under five miles from The Sayre Mansion. 610-515-4755.
3. The Colony Meadery
Visitors to the former Mack Truck factory in South Allentown can enjoy tasting flights, mead on draft5.and by the bottle, mead slushies and regularly scheduled tours. The Colony Meadery produces award-winning honey based alcoholic beverages. Mead can be traced throughout history as far back as ancient Egypt. The Allentown business is part of the beverage’s recent resurgence in America. The Meadery’s signature products are Straight No Chaser, Woofiedog, Mo-Me-Doh and A Good Sarsaparilla. Seasonal Meads are also offered throughout the year. The Colony Meadery is open Thursday-Sunday at 907 Harrison St, six miles from The Sayre Mansion. A second location will open soon in South Bethlehem offering tastings, food and entertainment. 855-632-3669.
4. Hijinks Brewing CompanyThis brewery built by beer lovers offers tastings that range from traditional to exotic. Visitors to the tasting room will find a variety of beer on tap such as Barista’s Choice Coffee Porter, CitraSqueeze India Pale Ale and Wicked White Belgian Style Ale. Knowledgeable bartenders can offer brief tours of the 4,000 square foot facility and give an overview of the brewing process. Hijinks Brewing Company regularly hosts special events featuring music and local food trucks. The brewery is located at 906 Harrison Street in Allentown, six miles from The Sayre Mansion. 484-714-0080.
5. Fegley’s Allentown Brew Works
A sister location to the original Brew Works in Bethlehem, this brewery is housed in the former Harold’s Furniture Building on Hamilton Street in downtown Allentown. Visitors will find dining on two levels, multiple bars each with its own distinctive atmosphere and a casual outdoor patio called Der Biergarten. The brewpub produces over a dozen in-house craft beers available on tap or in bottles. A behind-the-scenes brewery tour is offered on Saturdays. Reservations are required. Lunch, dinner and late-night dining are available daily. Fegley’s Allentown Brew Works is just under seven miles from The Sayre Mansion. 610-882-1300.
6. Yergey Brewing
Owner, brewer and retired chemist Jim Yergey shares his passion for beer. The nanobrewery and taproom is known for serving well-crafted, diverse, artisan beer. Visitors can enjoy tastings in a relaxed, fun atmosphere. Beer on tap includes the brew that put Yergey on the map, Hoptiletious, which features a bright citrus and floral note, mellow malt backbone and strong hoppy bitterness. Other local favorites include Patchwork Pale- American Pale Ale, Weiss Ass Rockin’ Bock- Weizenbock and Dos Yergeys Mexican Style Vienna Lager. Yergey Brewing is open Thursday-Sunday at 518 Bank St in Emmaus, nine miles from The Sayre Mansion. 484-232-7055.
7. Two Rivers Brewing Company
Visitors here enjoy 10 original craft brews on tap and a side of history. The former Mt. Vernon Hotel in downtown Easton serves as home to the brewpub. Originally built in 1810 and added on through the years, original details include vintage tin ceilings, milk glass lighting fixtures and Terrazzo floors. A custom-made bar in the main dining room utilizes hotel room doors from the property and black slate. Locals and visitors alike enjoy flagship beers such as Pine St. Blonde-Belgian Blond, Bankers Brown- Brown Ale and Colonel Left Eye IPA. The full-service restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner plus Sunday brunch. The menu features fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Two Rivers Brewing Company is at 542 Northampton St in Easton 15 miles from The Sayre Mansion. 610-829-1131.
8. Weyerbacher Brewing Company
The largest brewery in the Lehigh Valley, Weyerbacher is known for its big, bold beers. The brewery is recognized primarily for its Belgian-style brews such as Merry Monks and QUAD. An extensive barrel aging process produces local favorites Insanity and Riserva. Free brewery tours are available Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Visitors can find out about the brewing process from start to finish. The Tasting Room has 20 beers on tap every day including the brewery’s newest offerings as well as its flagship brews and local wines. Light snacks are available from Buy the Farm. Weyerbacher Brewing Company also regularly hosts special events featuring live music. The Tap Room is open daily and is located at 905 Line Street in Easton 14 miles from The Sayre Mansion. 610-559-5561.
9. Bangor Trust Brewing
This family owned and run brewery, restaurant and bakery invested in a former bank building in downtown Bangor as its base of operations. Food and spirits are served out of the restored 1900s era building Thursday through Sunday. Beer is brewed on the premise in a four-barrel brew house with open fermentation and organic ingredients. Local favorites on tap include Bangor Trust Bakithi, Bangor Hard, Pig Earth and Weizenheimer. Growlers are also available, so visitors can take home their favorite draft brew. Bangor Trust Brewing also carries other Pennsylvania manufactured craft brews. The restaurant is known for its homemade artisan breads, appetizers and flatbreads. Whenever possible, dishes are made with ingredients that are responsibly raised and locally sourced. The brewery is located at 15 Broadway in Bangor, 26 miles from The Sayre Mansion. 610-452-3232.
10. Hardball Cider
Although this is one of the newest breweries on the scene in Lehigh Valley, the family business traces its roots back 100 years through five generations. The craft cider and winery operate from a 100-acre farm in Mt. Bethel PA. The name of the business is a nod to the owner’s love of baseball. Hardball Cider is offered in a variety of flavors from light and fruity to dry and full-bodied. Hardball Cider’s product line includes six flavors available year-round plus seasonal offerings and homemade wine. Most boast baseball-inspired names. Fan favorites include Fastball, a dry traditional-style English cider, Curveball, which is sweet with a crisp apple finish, and Splitter, the perfect balance between dry and sweet. The newly opened Tap Room offers tastings and sale of Hardball Cider. Free tours of the orchard and cidery are available. Visitors get a behind-the-scenes tour to see how cider is made from picking to pressing and pint glass. Hardball Cidery is open weekends at 805 Orchard Road in Mt. Bethel, 30 miles from The Sayre Mansion. 484-341-3101.