Drinking and Dining in Northeastern Lancaster County: Unique Breweries in the Ephrata Area

If you’re planning a visit to Lancaster County, why not take
time to enjoy a few of the many local micro-breweries and eateries? With several to choose from just minutes away from the Historic Smithton Inn, you can enjoy the welcoming atmospheres, expertly crafted brews, and delicious food without venturing too far away.
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Black Forest Brewery
Proudly brewing true tavern ale, Black Forest Brewery serves both
ales and wines. If you’re looking for a good meeting spot, whether as tourists
or on business, Black Forest Brewery offers you time and space, with snacks
available and a menu that varies. Black Forest Brewery is barely a hop, skip,
and a jump away from our inn here in Ephrata!
St. Boniface Craft Brewing Company
Just five minutes from the inn, St. Boniface fills
growlers and serves pints and even services draft accounts throughout Lancaster
County to share the tastes of their brews with customers across the county. The
food of St. Boniface is offered at Little Nicky’s, a local Italian restaurant,
as well as from a rotation of food trucks.
Special Event Alert: Meeting of the Saints – Sat.,
March 14, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.; featuring traditional Irish music by Down By
The Glenside and delicious Irish eats by Bountiful Feast, and what’s an Irish
celebration without a little beer!
Union Barrel Works Restaurant and Brew Pub
Once a hardware store, then a garment factory, this building
now houses Union Barrel Works. You can choose from over a dozen hand-crafted
brews to enjoy with your meal at this restaurant, located within 15 minutes
from our inn by following N. State Street from Ephrata directly into Reamstown.
Also, be sure to check out their
website for information on upcoming events, including live music.
JoBoy’s Brew Pub
Started in April 2010, JoBoy’s Brew Pub offers a
family-friendly atmosphere where you can enjoy hand-crafted beer and take
advantage of some great food featuring homemade sauces and meat rubs. They even
allow you to purchase those homemade sauces and rubs for your own personal use!
JoBoy’s Brew Pub is located 15 minutes from our inn.
Stoudts Brewery and Black Angus Restaurant and Pub
Stoudts Brewery
uses organically farmed ingredients that are grown locally for its various
special craft and seasonal beers. If you’re around on a weekend, the brewery
offers free tours at select times, as well. The Stoudts Black Angus Restaurant
and Pub is a good spot to satisfy your food cravings, and the restaurant even
offers catering services. Stoudts Brewery and Black Angus Restaurant and Pub
are approximately half an hour from the Historic Smithton Inn. Check out upcoming events here.
So while you’re enjoying your stay in beautiful Lancaster
County, I hope you take the time to consider adding one or more of these local
breweries to your itinerary. If you do decide to take advantage of the goods
provided at any of these locations, please remember to drink responsibly and never
drink and drive.

By Rebecca Gallagher
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