Erie is home to a fast-growing craft beverage scene. Relax with friends and family at breweries on the Lake Erie Ale Trail or any of Erie's new craft distilleries and prepare to be greeted with a warm, welcoming atmosphere of good conversation, clinking glasses, and friendly staff who are eager to share their knowledge and passion for their craft.
This spring, discover award-winning spirits and inventive cocktails at the distilleries of Erie County. Between April 14 and May 31, check in to six distilleries on VisitErie’s ‘Hello Erie’ Trip Planner App, and be rewarded with custom Erie on the Rocks barware! Each person to complete the challenge will receive an Erie on the Rocks rocks glass and bar towel.
How it works:
1. Download the free ‘Hello Erie’ Trip Planner App
2. When you visit one of the participating distilleries, open the App and click on ‘Challenges’. Follow the prompts to check in.
3. After checking in to six distilleries, a completion badge will be displayed.
4. Bring your completion badge to VisitErie’s office to get your gear! If you can’t pick up the prizes in person, give us a call and we’ll mail them.
Must be 21 years old or older to participate. No purchase necessary. Contest entry subject to complete terms and conditions. See full contest rules here. Void where prohibited.
Erie has seen an increase in distillery openings, growing from one distillery to six in just under six years. With locations in Erie and in the surrounding towns of Corry and Edinboro, all the region’s craft distilleries are quickly making a name for themselves with award-winning spirits and inventive cocktails, all reflective of their distinct personalities and styles. If you’re a true spirit enthusiast with an appreciation for the art of the craft, you’ll be happy to learn that each distiller puts an emphasis on using locally sourced ingredients that represent the natural beauty of the Erie region. Items such as apples, honey, grains, berries, and herbs are used to create flavorful house-made spirits and syrups. On weekends, some distilleries complement their spirits, cocktails, and mocktails with live music, food trucks, restaurant pop-ups, themed parties, and tasting events.
The Lake Erie Ale Trail is not just about beer, it’s also about being part of a friendly, personable environment of the breweries and the brewers themselves. The Lake Erie Ale Trail is composed of 15 microbreweries, all located near the shores of Lake Erie. Each brewery has its own unique approach to brewing beer, refining simple ingredients, and transforming those ingredients into a wide range of ales of varying flavors, styles, and funky names. Some of Erie’s local beers, such as Major McNair’s Nut Brown, Marvintown, and Grape Lakes American Wheat have a story behind their names, reflective of the history and culture of the region. Pull up a stool, sample some brews, and chat with the brewers themselves, who are always happy to share their expertise with you. Give a cheer to local beer during the annual Erie Craft Beer Week (November) and Beer Coaster at Waldameer Park (May).
Local brewers discuss the formation of the Lake Erie Ale Trail, and its advantages to those who like to drink local.
1535 West 8th Street
Erie, PA 16505
11727 East Main Road
North East, PA 16428
11 S Center Street
Corry, PA 16407
12030 Edinboro Road
Edinboro, PA 16412
1101 Peninsula Drive
Erie, PA 16505
8398 West Route 20
Westfield, NY 14787
7520 Peach Street
Erie, PA 16509
36 N Park Row
Erie, PA 16501
8270 Peach Street
Erie, PA 16509
4415 East Lake Road
Erie, PA 16511
1 Fountain Avenue
Cambridge Springs, PA 16403
123 West 14th Street
Erie, PA 16501
10139 West Lake Road
Lake City, PA 16423
Join us today! The Cove Bay-Side Restaurant & Tavern is sure to give you an unforgettable and care-free dining experience. Enjoy a nautical atmosphere with a beautiful view of Presque Isle Bay.
Located on the southeast shore of Lake Erie, the Port of Erie has been promoting industrial, commercial, and recreational opportunities on the waters of Lake Erie since 1959.
Erie’s own local craft beer pubs are a must-visit! With 4 great locations, just pick one that’s convenient for you! A casual, family friendly dining experience with something for everyone! To view our menu, check out what’s on tap, or get to directions to our pubs, learn more now!”
Treat your employees to a unique, country experience that is sure to inspire with all of the magic the farm has to offer! Located just outside of Erie, Port Farms offers a charming countryside venue for your next company retreat! Our unique space is located on 200 rural acres and includes everything you will need to host a successful work session, work event, or company picnic. Learn more about how we can help you plan the perfect event!
UPMC Hamot is a 423-bed hospital in Erie, PA, offering a full complement of inpatient and outpatient services, and serves as a regional referral hub and Level II Trauma Center.
Cart/Horse Distilling is a first-generation woman-owned distillery, pioneering the craft in Edinboro, Pennsylvania. Handcrafted care never goes out of style. We put that artistic attention into every bottle of our small batch spirits. Cart/Horse proudly produces rum, whiskey, vodka, gin, and several award-winning specialty liquors. Our robust cocktail menu uses the finest and freshest ingredients for each custom-built drink.
Direct daily flights to Charlotte. Erie International Airport is serviced by American Airlines with daily flights to Charlotte with connections to many other destinations.
The Cork 1794 is the perfect spot for a date night or special occasion! Indoor and outside seating available with amazing food.
The Bayfront Grille Restaurant at the Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel is excited to announce that our Bayside Patio is open for Lunch and Dinner. Please check Open Table for reservations or contact the restaurant directly at 814-454-2005.
Erie Events manages a four facility entertainment complex that includes the Warner Theatre, Erie Insurance Arena, Bayfront Convention Center and UPMC Park. These four venues host a variety of events that include world-class entertainment, family friendly shows and sporting events.
The Millcreek Mall features more than 160 stores, restaurants, and fun for the whole family on Upper Peach Street, Erie’s most popular shopping district! Shopping in Erie means no sales tax on clothing or shoes. Choose from a variety of hotels located on the Mall property and just minutes away at the intersection of Peach Street and Interstate 90.
The Mazza family welcomes you to explore 3 unique locations in Lake Erie Wine Country. Sip and savor award-winning wines at Mazza Vineyards and the historic South Shore Wine Company, both located in North East, PA, and be sure to visit their combination winery, distillery and brewery, Mazza Chautauqua Cellars/Five & 20 Spirits and Brewing, in nearby Westfield, NY.
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