Columbia-Montour County, PA

Blazing a New Trail

Visitors coming to Central Pennsylvania this year will have the opportunity to experience a different kind of trail, one not found in the forest. 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 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 Pennsylvania’s heartland, 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.  Some of the more unique brew flavors to find on the trail include peanut butter, coconut, peach rings, cookie dough, and blood orange, along with many more traditional favorites. Many of the trail breweries are located in historic buildings, and most all boast fascinating stories about the paths that led them to produce quality craft beers. 

For more information about the River Rat Brew Trail and participating breweries, please visit or like the trail on Facebook: Your next weekend adventure is calling, so hit the trail, grab a brew, and join the rats!

Visitors looking to spend more time in the region sampling great beverages should also plan to visit the nine wineries in Columbia & Montour counties. The wine trail also hosts seasonal events with special pairings and great prize giveaways. For more information about the Columbia & Montour County wineries, please visit:

Spread the love