If you can’t decide between beer or cider, or if you crave the both, heading out on a tour such as the Adams County Pour Tour means that you don’t have to choose!
I recently experienced several stops on the tour, and here are a few favorites that offer beer and/or cider along with a few things to do while you are on site. Whether you are looking for a weekend getaway or just to have a bit of fun in a new area, this tour is one not to miss.
I was invited by Destination Gettysburg to experience their tour. Opinions are genuine and my own.
Adams County Pour Tour
I will have to admit that I’m a cider kind of gal, so when I headed to Boyer Cellars, I was excited – and not disappointed. Their well-lit tasting room is the perfect spot for sampling a few ciders, or you may choose to go outside and enjoy the views. The best part is that their fruit is sourced from local orchards and vineyards, including neighboring Boyer Orchards.
Another fabulous reason to head to Boyer Cellars is the market that is associated with the orchard. In season fruits are available, and there may even be a kitty there to greet you!
Part of being in Adams County is experiencing the landscape, and this location has a gorgeous one. From greenhouses to sprawling orchards, the views are lovely.
An endearing part of the property is the orchards themselves. They have been family owned and operated since 1900. Talk about a legacy and passing traditions down. I adored that aspect!
Yes! A lot of the tour stops specialize in more than one thing. Such is the case with Boyer Cellars, and they
Thirsty Farmer Brew Works
the beer (AND cider!)
I adore the Thirsty Farmer logo – if you notice it’s a beer bottle turned tractor. So cute! A t-shirt and a glass went home with me as pour tour souvenirs. I couldn’t resist. But beyond cute merch, this place is one where you don’t have to decide on beer or cider because they offer both! Grabbing a bite to eat is also a possibility while you are at this family farm location.
It probably doesn’t sound like much, but to me it was! I had never seen hops growing before, AND we had the opportunity to take a peek at it up close. What a pretty little plant that makes delicious things!
the round barn
What a wonder of a building! Right across the street is the Historic Round Barn, which is quite gorgeous. Once a working barn, you can venture inside, and the construction is quite interesting.
the market (inside the barn!)
That’s right! The Historic Round Barn houses a fun market filled with fresh fruits, baked goods, and all sorts of syrups, jams, and jellies. This really is a fun pour tour stop as you can taste, sip, and shop in one location.
Reid’s Orchard & Winery
Well, I guess the name is a spoiler alert, but I adore it when pour tour stops have more than one offering. It’s the best of both worlds! The land was purchased to use as an orchard in 1976, and from there the tasting room was opened in 2009. Reid’s uses minimal chemicals and also considers what is best for the land in their production. Love that!
the tasting room
With a full tasting room filled with barrels, different ciders and wines (see the sign below if you love sangria or slushies!) can be tasted. I also enjoyed the opportunity to ask questions about the wine and cider making processes. So informative!
As music lovers, Reid’s offers live music in season. What a great way to enjoy a glass or two of cider or wine while soaking in some tunes when it’s warm outside!
the outdoor space
The front of this tasting area seems unassuming at first, but the back opens up into a lovely, spacious outdoor area. It also has a gorgeous view, so be sure to head out!
Altland House & Center Square Brewing
This is a unique stop on the Adams County Pour Tour as Altland House has a history that goes back to the 1800s. Now serving as an inn, restaurant, and brewery, there are several reasons to make it a stop. Of course, their restaurant serves all types of drinks, too.
Hailing as a casual eatery, they offer fare from burgers to seafood. Not to be missed is the chicken and waffles, which has been on the menu for over 100 years. Talk about a tried-and-true favorite!
Underneath the restaurant sits the brewery, which boasts the area’s only female brewer. For those who are interested in making beer at home, their space is also an example that you don’t need a lot of room to create amazing brews!
So what is the verdict?
Do you love beer or cider? Or both! Maybe you are more of a wine or spirits type of person – if so, stay tuned. I’ll be covering those stops next. To find out more about the Adams County Pour Tour and their stops, just click here.
If you’d like to see another post on great places to eat in CA, just click here.