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Brewmaster Tasting Tour: Try five new locations on the Susquehanna Ale Trail

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STORY WRITTEN BY ABBEY ZELKO
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While Tröegs Brewing Company in Hershey can ferment 3,000 gallons of beer at once, Bailee’s Homebrew & Wine Supplies in Springettsbury Township can only make five to 10 gallons at a time.

But making and selling beer is not the focus at Bailee’s, General Manager Vincent Zanghi said. In fact, Bailee’s doesn’t currently sell beer at all. Instead, it aims to teach customers how to make beer and wine at home by selling equipment and ingredients.

For the first time, Bailee’s will be one of 14 stops on the Susquehanna Ale Trail during this year’s Brewmaster Tasting Tour.

Starting this weekend, ticket holders can taste beer samples, munch on light snacks and participate in brewery tours and educational experiences at each of the 14 participating breweries, brewpubs and homebrew shops across Central Pennsylvania.

Header brewmaster Michael Spychalski drains liquid into a pitcher from the mash tank to filter it from the steeping grains while brewing an American Pale Ale in the basement brewery at Wacker Brewing Company in Lancaster. The brewery is expanding to include an upstairs tasting room adjacent to Thistle Finch Distillery. ( Jeff Lautenberger, for FlipSidePA)

Header brewmaster Michael Spychalski drains liquid into a pitcher from the mash tank to filter it from the steeping grains while brewing an American Pale Ale in the basement brewery at Wacker Brewing Company in Lancaster. The brewery is expanding to include an upstairs tasting room adjacent to Thistle Finch Distillery. ( Jeff Lautenberger, for FlipSidePA)

The Brewmaster Tasting Tour, formerly called the Passport Event, launched in 2012 and stretches from Hershey and Lancaster to York and Adams counties, York County Convention and Visitors Bureau marketing director Louise Heine said.

This year, the Susquehanna Ale Trail has added five new tour stops, including Bailee’s.

“Just this past year, we’ve seen substantial growth,” Heine. “Everywhere you turn, you read that craft brewing and beer is just on the scene right now.”

While most of the participating breweries and brewpubs will offer tours of their brewing facilities, Bailee’s will set up the homebrew process and show customers how they can replicate at home what commercial breweries do every day.

“We’re the unique one of the group,” Zanghi said.

Bailee’s will also allow customers to get their hands on ingredients like malt and hops, before they taste beer samples.

Bailee’s beer selection during the tour will include the Belgian Double (a malty, sweet beer); the Belgian Quad (a darker, sweeter beer with 11.2 percent ABV); the Pale Ale (an American style, light-body dry beer with a noticeable hop presence); and the Saison (a French-Belgian style beer with a spice and fruity flavor and a dry finish).

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Black Cap Brewing Co.: Black Cap, which opened at 5 W. High St., Red Lion, in the last year, will give Brewmaster customers a choice of three of their eight-beer selection, co-owner Jim Waller, said. Some of the top sellers include the Cream Ale (a crisp ale with a dry finish similar to a classic American lager); General Gates Porter (a malty, dark ale with a flavorful, roasty character); and Double IPA (an imperial IPA with a lot of hop aroma and flavor and a bitter, dry finish).

Michael Spychalski weighs a mixture of hops before adding them to the wort while brewing an American Pale Ale in the basement brewery at Wacker Brewing Company in Lancaster on Friday, April 3, 2015. The brewery dates to 1853 but was reborn in late 2014. ( Jeff Lautenberger, for FlipSidePA)

Michael Spychalski weighs a mixture of hops before adding them to the wort while brewing an American Pale Ale in the basement brewery at Wacker Brewing Company in Lancaster on Friday, April 3, 2015. The brewery dates to 1853 but was reborn in late 2014. ( Jeff Lautenberger, for FlipSidePA)

Miscreation Brewing Co.: Miscreation, 6 Center Square, Hanover, will offer ticketholders a discount on merchandise in addition to free samples, Co-owner Mark Mathias said. Mathias said he’s also hoping to have a brand-new Black IPA beer available to customers during the tour called The Conjuring. It’s a stout body beer with an IPA flavor, he said.

Miscreation’s flagship beers, The Frankenstout, a coffee jalapeno stout, and the Reckless IPA, an Imperial IPA with a malty flavor, will also be available.

Wacker Brewing Co.: Wacker, located in a circa 1850s tobacco warehouse at 417 Grant St., Lancaster, will offer tours and a little history about the oldest and longest-running brewery in Lancaster City before offering tastings of its two German beers, the German Pale Ale and the Dunkel. The German Pale Ale is a light beer with a little bit of hops and citrus hints, while the Dunkel is a light-body dark bear with a little bit of a roasty flavor, owner Bryan Kepner said.

Wyndridge Farm: This new craft beverage facility at 885 S. Pleasant Ave., Dallastown, will offer tastings of Cherry Hibiscus Saison (a French farmhouse ale brewed with dried hibiscus and aged on tart cherries); Belgian Brown Ale (a 6.5 percent ABV Belgian monestary-style beer); a Belgian Pale Ale with Australian galaxy hops and a Ginger cider, among others, according to brewmaster Jared Barnes.

 

Participating locations

Bob Elmiger poses with his dog Bailee at Bailee's Homebrew & Wine Supplies in Springettsbury Township. Bailee's is one of five new locations on the Susquehanna Ale Trail that will offer beer samples during the Brewmaster Tasting Tour April 10-12 and 17-19. (Paul Kuehnel - FlipSidePA)

Bob Elmiger poses with his dog Bailee at Bailee’s Homebrew & Wine Supplies in Springettsbury Township. Bailee’s is one of five new locations on the Susquehanna Ale Trail that will offer beer samples during the Brewmaster Tasting Tour April 10-12 and 17-19. (Paul Kuehnel – FlipSidePA)

 

Bube’s Brewery

Gunpowder Falls Brewing

Lancaster Brewing Co.

Liquid Hero Brewery

Mudhook Brewing Co.

Rumspringa Brewing Co.

Swashbuckler Brewing Co.

Troegs Brewing Co.

Warehouse Gourmet Bistro & Brew Pub

New additions:

Bailee’s Homebrew & Wine Supply

Black Cap Brewing Co.

Miscreation Brewing Co.

Wacker Brewing Co.

Wyndridge Farm

This story originally appeared in our sister publication FlipSidePa.

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