Breweries & Wineries

Enjoy fresh, local food and handcrafted beer at our brew pubs along the River Rat Brew Trail or savor sips at our wineries. Spend a day with friends or a romantic weekend with your significant other. Don’t forget to take your favorite brews and bottles home with you. Request our Brew Trail brochure or Winery rack card to start planning your adventure today!

For a full list of our member wineries, visit the “Wineries” section of our our business directory.  To check out our member breweries, visit the “Breweries” section of our business directory.


The River Rat Brew Trail: Blazing a New Trail

Visitors coming to the area this year will have the opportunity to experience a different kind of trail, one that cannot be accessed by traipsing into the Central Pennsylvania forests. This trail can be found by venturing into one of the area’s local brew pubs or tap houses. The River Rat Brew Trail is the region’s first and only craft beer trail, and encompasses 14 local breweries across five counties: Columbia, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, and Union. The Brew Trail was organized by the joint efforts of the Columbia Montour Visitors Bureau and the Susquehanna River Valley Visitors Bureau, and was unveiled to the public in early 2016. The trail’s name pays homage to the people who live along the mighty Susquehanna River and to their ancestors whose lives depended upon the river and its resources. In addition to finely handcrafted brews, the River Rat Brew Trail provides travelers with a beautiful journey through Central Pennsylvania, full of rolling hills, fields, farms, forests, and the Susquehanna River.

Each brewery on the trail produces their own varieties of craft beer and provides a memorable atmosphere to savor exquisite draft selections. Participants are invited to “Join the Rats” and begin the trail at whichever establishment they desire. For more information about the River Rat Brew Trail and how to get started, visit the official website: www.RiverRatBrewTrail.com.

Get your River Rat Brew Trail 2019 Summer Passport today to enjoy great brews from our area brewers! At each stop on the passport, trailgoers will receive a free leather coaster, unique to each brewery.  At the end, passport holders who have completed every stop will receive their choice of a River Rat Brew Trail hoodie or industrial brewer shirt. Click the image below to visit the Brew Trail shop and purchase your passport!

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Seasonal Wine Trail Events

Each year, the wineries of Columbia & Montour counties host several seasonal events, allowing participants to enjoy a festive trip through the heart of the Central PA countryside. The counties have a number of fantastic local wineries. During each event, some of the area wineries will participate and offer special pairings and prize baskets for a few lucky winners. Tickets are traditionally FREE, but tasting fees may apply at several of the wineries.

This autumn, come to Columbia & Montour counties to enjoy a festive trip through the heart of the Central PA countryside. Along the way, stop at seven fantastic local wineries and participate in this year’s autumn winery event. The “Wine & Foliage” Trail will kick off on Friday, October 4th and run through Saturday, October 12th. Each winery will offer a special wine pairing with a tasty seasonal treat. Visit every winery for a chance to win a wine-themed prize basket! Each winery will provide an individual prize basket and one large Grand Prize basket will be compiled with bottles of wine from every winery.

Participating wineries will be:
Colonel Ricketts Hard Cider Winery
Freas Farm Winery & Meadery
Juniata Valley Winery at Nature’s Outdoors
Purple Cow Winery
Red Shale Ridge Vineyards – (Danville location)
Shade Mountain Winery & Vineyard – (Danville location)
Three Dogs Vino

**PLEASE NOTE** All wineries will be open for this event during their normal posted business hours. Please visit each winery’s website or call individually for hours. Normal tasting fees will apply – some wineries will have tasting fees, others will not. Again, please see each winery’s website for more information on individual tasting fees.

This event is in conjunction with Pennsylvania Wine Month.

Visit 7 wineries and enjoy the gorgeous fall foliage in Central Pennsylvania

How it Works

  1. If you are interested in participating in this year’s Wine & Foliage Trail event, simply proceed to one of the wineries of your choosing (you may start at whichever one you’d like).
  2. Pick up an event ticket at the first winery you visit – all will have tickets available.
  3. Fill out 1/2 of the ticket and turn it in at the first winery.  Keep the other half to record stamps/signatures.
  4. Enjoy your first seasonal wine pairing and have your ticket authorized in the assigned space for that particular winery.
  5. Proceed to the rest of the wineries and enjoy fall pairings + get more stamps/autographs!
  6. At your final winery stop, turn in your completed second half of the ticket to be entered to win any of the prize baskets. All participants who complete each stop on the trail will have a chance to win any of the individual baskets and the Grand Prize basket regardless of where they turn in their ticket.

Additional Info

  • Each winery is not going to be open every single day during the event dates.  Please plan your route stops accordingly based on winery hours.
  • Winners for prize baskets will be drawn by October 31st and notified via email.
  • Winners will be expected to pick up their prize basket from the winery providing the basket; the Grand Prize basket will be located at the Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau Welcome Center (121 Papermill Road, Bloomsburg).
  • Participants do NOT have to complete the trail over the course of one day or one weekend. Please complete the trail your convenience. As long as you have visited all wineries during the window of October 4th-12th and turned in your ticket at the last winery visited, you will be eligible for the prize drawing.

Purple Cow Winery is one of many area wineries dedicated to producing quality local wine.

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