Friday, July 16, 2010

Lancaster County Fine Wines and Festive Beers

Have an appreciation for local beers and fine wines? Both Lancaster and Berks County have summer events scheduled around your choice of alcoholic beverage. All of these events are located near Adamstown Inns & Cottages; a perfect retreat for a relaxing evening.

The National Watch and Clock Museum is having their annual beer-tasting event, “Hops ‘n Clocks” on Friday July 9th. I’ve toured the museum within the past year and was made fun of by my brothers because it sounded like a “nerdy” thing to do. The trip was actually very enjoyable and I was amazed at the collection that was displayed. I’m sure my brothers would be more interested in this event as there will be some of the best brews in town as well as food sampling from Isaac’s Deli, Shank’s Tavern, and Trio’s Bar and Grill; just to name a few. Live music by “Fire in the Glen” will surely entertain and ensure that “Hops ‘n Clocks” is far from a “nerdy” event!   

For a different experience, GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, in Reading, has an exhibition entitled “Design, Drink & Be Merry-The Craft Beer Art Movement”. Showcased until July 21, this art honors the visual identity of beer. While no beer is actually served in this exhibit, you will be able to appreciate the creativity and hard work that it takes to create a label, case, or website that helps to promote the beer. A few dozen breweries, who have consistently gone above and beyond the norm in creating a design for their beers, are showcased.

Stoudt’s Brewing Company in Adamstown, Pa is hosting the Third Annual Battle of the Brewery Bands on July 24. From 6-10 pm, local brew bands will be competing for the “golden keg” while raising money for their favorite charity. Hand-crafted beers and food will be available at Stoudt’s Black Angus Bier Garden. Tickets are limited, so be sure to plan ahead!

On select Mondays, the Winedown Cafe & Wine Bar, in Reading, has wine classes. These classes offer tastes of wines from different parts of the world. The next class will be Monday August 2nd at 6:30 pm. If you’re not able to make this class, the cafe is open Tuesday through Saturdays and does serve food to go with your beverages.

The Clover Hill Winery hosts Vineyard and Winery Tours on July 10th and August 23rd. Reservations are required, but it is worth it for the fun tour that is also packed with information! The tour includes a vineyard walk, production tour, wine tasting, and even a souvenir wine glass. For only $10, the tour lasts about 1 1/2 hours.

With plenty of events scheduled, you’re bound to have an enjoyable time this summer when visiting us here at the Adamstown Inns & Cottages. Start making your plans to sample some local beers and wines and book your stay with us. We look forward to meeting you, and remember to drink responsibly!
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