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 popular Summer Passport Promotion is back in 2021 with a splash! 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.

The 2021 River Rat Brew Trail Passport is bringing you some fun in the sun! This year’s Aloha! State of Mind theme will feel like a walk on the beach with the best cold brews — from your forever favorites to new discoveries.

Your passport is valid at all participating venues from June 1 through October 31, 2021, giving you plenty of time to hit all the stops! As you tour each location along the Trail, be sure to claim your passport sticker to verify your visit. No purchase is necessary, but we think you’ll want to try some of the great drafts on tap — you’re a craft beer lover after all! Given the changes our breweries have had to make on the fly as the COVID-19 pandemic has evolved, PLEASE be sure to contact breweries in advance of your visit or check out their social media channels for updated hours, brewery-specific guidelines, and more. We want to make sure your experience is as enjoyable as possible this trip along the trail, so be sure to be prepared.

Along the trail, your passport also allows you to collect an exclusive River Rat Brew Trail Brewer-designed koozie at each participating brewery. Plus, if you complete all the brewery stops on your passport, you can mail it in (postmarked no later than November 5) to get the official 2021 Trail’s final prize (choice of theme-specific apparel) mailed back to you after the trail concludes. We know you’ll be in an aloha state of mind in no time 😎🌊

Buy your passport today!

Note: Passports will begin shipping in May. Orders may also be purchased at selected brewers when locations are open for in-house visits. Passports must be postmarked by Friday, November 5 to be eligible for Trail’s final prize. Regardless of when you turn in your passports, prizes will not be ordered/mailed until all sizes are processed after the trail concludes and passport return window ends. Assuming no production delays, prizes will be mailed out prior to the end of the year.

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Trail Wineries

🍷 Cardinal Hollow Winery at Winding Creek Shops 🍷
4378 Red Rock Rd, Benton, PA 17814

🍷 Colonel Ricketts Hard Cider Winery 🍷
4360 Red Rock Rd, Benton, PA 17814

🍷 Freas Farm Winery & Meadery 🍷
130 Twin Church Road, Berwick, PA 18603

🍷 Juniata Valley Winery at Nature's Outdoors 🍷
357A Camp Lavigne Rd, Benton, PA 17814

🍷 Kulpmont Winery's Benton Tasting Room 🍷
9 S Comstock Rd, Benton, PA 17814

🍷 Pour Choices Winery 🍷
1549 State Route 487, Orangeville, PA 17859

🍷 Purple Cow Winery 🍷
281 Welliversville Road, Bloomsburg, PA 17815

🍷 Red Shale Ridge Vineyards - Danville 🍷
450 Mill St, Danville, PA 17821

🍷 Shade Mountain Winery - Riverside 🍷
1 D and H Ave, Danville, PA 17821

🍷 Three Dogs Vino 🍷
129 Hidlay Church Road, Bloomsburg, PA 17815


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. Check in regularly to see when the next trail event is coming up!

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