Friday, October 7, 2022

Grant Awarded to Expand Explore Schuylkill Craft Beverage Trail

A new state grant of $26,403 was awarded to Explore Schuylkill to assist with their efforts to expand the promotion of their Craft Beverage Trail according to State Legislators

Over the past decade, the popularity of craft beer has grown by leaps and bounds.  While Yuengling used to be the only brewery in the city, smaller breweries like Pilger Ruh and Black Rock have moved in and expanded craft beer.

Due to its popularity, Explore Schuylkill developed the Craft Beverage Trail which promoted the locally owned breweries, distilleries, and wineries in and around the Schuylkill County area.

The trail consists of nineteen different independent businesses in or near Schuylkill County.
  • Bum's Rush Restaurant & Pub, Orwigsburg
  • Main Street Moonshine, Schuylkill Haven
  • Jack-Azz Distilling, Spring Glen
  • Revere Brewery, Tamaqua
  • Armstrong Valley Winery, Halifax
  • King Cole Winery, Schuylkill Haven
  • Yuengling Brewery, Pottsville
  • Stone Mountain Wine Cellars, Pine Grove
  • Red Shale Ridge Vineyards, Hegins
  • Long Trout Winery, Auburn
  • Galen Glen Vineyard and Winery, Andreas
  • Fieldwood Winery, Schuylkill Haven
  • Benigna's Creek Vineyard and Winery, Klingerstown
  • Stoker's Brewing Company, Tamaqua
  • Black Rock Brewing, Pottsville
  • Cellar Beast Winehouse, Andreas
  • Shade Mountain Winery & Vineyards, Middleburg
  • Pilger Ruh Brewing, Pottsville
  • Smokey Hollow Winery, Ringtown
  • Lost Mined Brewing Company and Restaurant, Shamokin
  • Bright Path Brewing, Jim Thorpe
On Thursday, Senator David G. Argall (R-29), Rep. Tim Twardzik (R-123), and Rep. Joe Kerwin (R-125) held a special press conference announcing that Explore Schuylkill is being awarded a state grant to assist with the marketing, expansion, and engagement of the Beverage Trail.

“Many tourists visit so many breweries, distilleries, and wineries across the county,” said Senator Argall. “This highly competitive grant will be a significant boost to Explore Schuylkill’s efforts to promote these local employers and help guide visitors to these attractions.”

"I am pleased that Schuylkill County will be receiving this money to promote its Craft Beverage Trail, home of America’s Oldest Brewery! Schuylkill County has a very rich history and a lot to offer in terms of tourism, and this grant money ensures that many future visitors will be able to tour and experience all that this great county has to offer,” said Rep. Kerwin.

“The Craft Beverage Trail is a very successful promotion that I am very pleased to support. Last month the House Majority Policy Committee held a hearing in the Poconos, and we heard from brewers and tourism leaders that the Trail brings more business, tourists, and fun to their communities. I am looking forward to more “cheers” in Schuylkill County,” said Rep. Twardzik.

This grant was awarded by the Pennsylvania Malt and Brewed Beverage Industry Promotion Board. The board was created by the General Assembly to enhance this industry by funding promotional efforts and projects that increase the production of Pennsylvania-made malt and brewed beverages.