As for craft beer in Pennsylvania, it’s a camp-oriented brewery in Lancaster County, as opposed to an IPA-oriented brewery in Adams County.
Voting is open until Friday to become the champion of Pour Man’s Brewing, Ephrata or FourScore Beer Co., Gettysburg.
Breweries in Pennsylvania, a trading group, set up Beer Madness Contest find the best brewery in the state. The first round of 64 breweries was selected from more than 300 state breweries using ratings in the Untappd beer app. Then it became a contest for popularity votes are accepted online daily.
Named in the first round were Our Town Brewery, Lancaster; Funk Brewing, Emmaus, with a brewery pub in Elizabethtown and Collusion Tap Works, York, with appliance in Lititz.
Moo-Duck Brewery, Elizabethtown, advanced to the next round.
Pour Man’s went all the way to the championship, which was “pretty amazing,” says Ryan Foltz, owner and chief brewer.
Recognition comes as fans of the three-year-old brewery grow, he says. This is partly due to the relationship at the brewery on South Reading Road and how co-owner Sam Son distributes beer in the region.
In part, this is also due to the recent focus on the camp, a beer that appeals to both customers and brewers, Foltz says. The project plans to save 75 percent of the camps.
“That’s what we do best,” he says.
To do this, Pour Man’s brewery adds more fermenters, increasing brewing capacity by 30 percent, Foltz says. New horizontal tanks for the camp to make more camp and faster. The restroom will also change bar and new garage doors near the courtyard, hopefully by summer, he says.
Voting for the beer group ends on Friday, April 1st. The winner will be announced on Monday, April 4th.
Behind the bracket, the brewery began a county brewing guild last year. Since its inception, joined by four new entrants: Compass Mill Tap House, Warwick Township; Rural City Beer Co. (formerly Union Barrel Works), Romestown; Starview Brews, Colombia, and the Black Forest Brewery, Euphrates.
Last week, the band released their second joint County Wide 2 blend, Drunken Side, at 19 member breweries.
Next for the Lancaster County Brewers Guild is the county ale trail, Foltz says. In April, member breweries will clarify the details of the craft beer passport, which can be submitted for prizes.