Some people might go so far as to say I'm a beer snob, but I prefer to think of it as appreciating the finer things in life. I try to purchase my beer from local breweries whenever possible, because there's a certain sense of pride knowing that a great beer came from not too far away. I brew at home, so I enjoy inventive breweries, micro brews and those that think outside the box...so naturally I'm a big fan of Weyerbacher in Easton, one of the prime examples in Lehigh Valley. I've been a fan of their beer for a few years now and recently took the brewery tour with my dad and brother.
Our tour guide, John, was knowledgeable and passionate about beer. Their brewing operation is relatively small for a company with their stellar reputation. Their output isn't great in terms of quantity, but they certainly make up for it in terms of quality. Weyerbacher seems to not want to settle with being normal, and that's a-ok with me and my fellow beer enthusiasts! John went through the different steps, showed us their new-ish bottling line (can you believe they were hand bottling up until 4 years ago?) and brought us back around to my favorite spot...the bar!
There were 4/5 extremely patient Weyerbacher employees behind the taps, pouring what seemed to be endless free samples of their delicious liquid goodness. My favorites were Insanity, Double Simcoe IPA and Hops Infusion (I'm a bit of a hop head).
After spending about, oh, let's just say a bunch of money, the guys and I each left with our own mix-and-match case and I had a brand new Weyerbacher etched tulip glass to imbibe from. The Visitor Center at the brewery is open on Saturdays from 12 pm - 3 pm, with tours leaving about once an hour. When you go, make sure to try Heresy and Insanity, aged in Oak Bourbon barrels. Be on the lookout, because I noticed some Chaddsford Winery barrels in their warehouse, and I'm excited & intrigued to see what they're going to do with them next!
What's your favorite local brewery?