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 15 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.

The 2020 Passport Promotion theme celebrates “Hippy Hops” featuring groovy craft beers! On the River Rat Brew Trail, you can explore the many layers of flavors that include, but are not limited to: coffee, chocolate, rhubarb, peanut butter, pumpkin, strawberry, citrus, chipotle, cinnamon, peach, snickerdoodle, and so much more. Our brewers are only limited by their imaginations! This year’s trail, originally scheduled for May 1 – September 30, will now be conducted from June 1 – October 31.

At each stop on the passport, trailgoers will receive a free gift, unique to each brewery.  At the end, passport holders who have completed every stop will receive a final prize, and new for 2020, also be entered to win the Trail’s Grand Prize. Visit the Brew Trail website 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 winter, the popular annual Wine Trail Valentine’s event in Columbia & Montour Counties returns with a new twist. A “Wine & Donut Trail” will take visitors to seven local wineries to sample some delectable wines paired with the perfect matching sweet treat. Visitors will also have the chance to win one of eight amazing prize baskets if they complete all seven stops.

From February 7th – 16th, treat your sweetheart to a romantic outing filled with wine and donuts. The “Wine & Donut Trail” in Columbia & Montour Counties is a great way to celebrate the Valentine’s Day season with a loved one, significant other, or group of your best friends. From Friday, February 7th through Sunday, February 16th, seven area wineries will offer special donut pairings with their wines, and participants can get tickets stamped/signed at each location for the chance to win prizes.  Each winery will provide an individual prize basket and one large Grand Prize basket will be compiled with $15 gift cards from each participating winery. Tickets are FREE, but tasting fees may apply at several of the wineries.

Participating wineries will be:
Cardinal Hollow Winery at Winding Creek Shops – Benton
Colonel Ricketts Hard Cider Winery – Benton
Freas Farm Winery – Berwick
Juniata Valley Winery at Nature’s Outdoors – Benton
Red Shale Ridge Vineyards – Danville
Shade Mountain Winery & Vineyard – Riverside/Danville
Three Dogs Vino – Bloomsburg

**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. As they do not have a website, the hours of operation for Juniata Valley Winery at Nature’s Outdoors are Tuesday-Thursday & Saturday: 11am-5pm; and Friday: 11am-7pm.

How it Works

  1. If you are interested in participating in this year’s Wine & Donut Trail event, simply proceed to one of the participating wineries of your choosing (you may start at whichever one you’d like).
  2. Pick up a FREE 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 delicious 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 March 1st 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 February 7th-16th and turned in your ticket at the last winery visited, you will be eligible for the prize drawing.
  • Download the event flyer!

Purple Cow Winery is closed for the winter and will not be a stop on the Wine & Donut Trail.  They will re-open for the season in the spring!

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

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