We’ve always been connoisseurs of wine but we have come to fully embrace the craft brewing that seems to be sweeping the nation and in fact the world. Here in Lehigh Valley we are blessed with our fair share of great micro brews and places to enjoy them. For ideas around the Valley check out the new site Lehigh Valley Ale Trail. Here’s what’s going on in Easton:
We are so excited that the Weyerbacher Brewery, located in Easton’s Southside, is now open 6 days a week for tours and tastings. This awesome family business got its start in Easton in 1995 and has continued to grow and expand. Their delicious brews, with clever names like “Old Heathen” and “Blithering Idiot”, are now available in 18 states. But nothing beats a visit to the brewery and a taste of whatever seasonal brews they have on tap. Monday – Saturday, noon – 7 pm. 900 Line St. Easton, PA
After a tour (and a purchase to take back home) you’ll want to head to one of Easton’s fine pubs for some great grub and of course more craft beer. Three of our favorites – Black & Blue, Porter’s Pub, and Two Rivers Brewing – have banded together calling themselves The Beermuda Triangle and offering fun events and cross-promotions. Watch their Facebook page for all the latest. Here’s our two cents worth:
Black & Blue, 983 Walnut St.
Funky Halloween vibe, extensive craft brews from all over as well as high-end cocktails and absinth flights. The food is fun and varied from pizza with spent-grain (from Weyerbacher brewery!) crust to salads and burgers to legendary chili and nachos. The daily specials will knock your socks off.
Porter’s Pub, 700 Northampton St.
An Easton institution since 1990, the Porter brothers continue to operate a fine establishment. They’ve got great beers on tap and an extensive bottle menu – and their signature Mug Club, where patrons who’ve made it through all the beers on the “brew guide” get their own pewter mug. Sure, they’ve got the standard pub fare like delicious burgers and king-size sandwiches but they also feature amazing entrees and even Sunday Brunch. Porter’s has always been committed to the local music scene and features live music every weekend.
Two Rivers Brewing, 542 Northampton St.
New kids on the block! Their own beers are not available yet but in the meantime they serve only very local craft brews on tap in a stunning old hotel that has been lovingly restored. The first floor features an original tin ceiling and 1920's "Zenith Radio" bar from the Sears Catalog! The food is outstanding with a focus on locally sourced products. Duck fat fries, shrimp and grits, braised short rib poutine, grass-fed beef burgers, and on and on!
As you can see there’s enough to keep you busy for days. Let The Lafayette Inn be your home base for exploring the booming craft brew culture in Lehigh Valley.
Laura Di Liello Owner/Innkeeper, The Lafayette Inn