Nestled north of Pittsburgh and south of Lake Erie, Crawford County is home to breathtaking natural beauty that’s perfect for a scenic drive. You might be familiar with the area’s state parks, wildlife and historic landmarks, but did you know that Crawford County has some of the best craft beer and local cider in the region? When you want to taste the flavor of northwestern Pennsylvania, look no further than these breweries for your next crisp cider, seasonal stout or hopped up IPA.
Timber Creek Tap & Table
Lovers of beer and burgers will find their happy place at this Meadville tap-and-table brewery. Farm fresh beef and woodfire grill selections make the food as delicious as the drafts here. TimberCreek works with a 10bbl system to brew beer on site, with four flagship beers available year round and plenty of seasonal drafts available so you can experience something new every time you drop by. Check out their tap room to see their glass floor, giving you a sneak peek into the brewing process below!
Although VooDoo is growing its brand with several locations (including Las Vegas), the original pub location and central brewing station, VooDoo Compound, call Meadville home. The employee owners pride themselves in infusing their distinct, quirky personalities into the beers they craft, and the fun they have is apparent in the vast selection of draft beers cataloged on a massive chalkboard inside the brewery. The Arch Street location is perfect for Happy Hour with friends and a snack while you’re in town. The larger VooDoo Compound is a popular venue for local events. It houses a 3,000+ sq. ft. tasting room with 24 taps and plenty of open seating inside and out. Don’t forget to bring your furry friends and regularly check their site for information on what events are brewing at their locations.
Riverside Brewing Co.
Found at the former location of the historic Riverside Inn, Riverside Brewing Co. is a picturesque county favorite. Fun fact: this brewery is housed in a rustic barn originally built in the 1800s! This dog-friendly venue with plenty of outdoor seating makes this a great place to bring your furry best friend and soak up some sun while you enjoy a rounded selection of unique craft beers and some of the best meals around. If you’re thinking of making a trip in the summer, check the dates of the Riverside Music Festival to join in on the fun!
Orr’s Brewing Co.
Over in Titusville, Orr’s microbrewery tapped their first official beer in 2017 as one of the newer brewpubs in the region. Their expansive rotating tap list features 10 draft beers on any given day, plus one nitro! Orr pays homage to the rich history of the town with their well-loved Crude Oil Stout. Are you a general knowledge guru? You’ll love showing off your smarts at one of their trivia nights. Stop in for a drink, a pizza, and even listen to some live music from local musicians during most weekends. Don’t forget to pick up a crowler or growler of their selections to take home and share with the beer lovers in your life!
Mortals Key Brewing Co.
Along the edge of Pymatuning State Park lies Mortals Key Brewing Co., a combination of Old World recipes and nonconformist artistry. Their small batch approach begins with fresh spring water from their 100-acre farm. Find your freedom along the lake with a deep copper Altbier or a light Kolsch. Take a break from the sun in their funky industrial-barn style tasting room or bring your pets to hang outside on the spacious outdoor patio. They also host live music every weekend all summer long, be sure to check it out!
Davenport Fruit Farm Cidery and Winery
Sip a variety of delicious ciders, wines and mixed drinks in Davenport’s restored barn tasting room, or take it outside to enjoy their dog-friendly, beautiful patio overlooking the orchard. Made from their very own apples and fruit blends, their hard ciders are totally unique and as fresh as they come. They always keep it interesting with fun and cheeky seasonal offerings to share with friends, check their events for live music. In the fall, don’t forget to grab a bushel of apples and snap some seasonal pics!
The passion for brewing beer keeps growing in Crawford County, so keep an eye out for new brew-related events and seasonal offerings!