We'll kick it off at the hub of Lancaster, our colonial square, and begin to explore the concentration of historical sites spanning three centuries - all within just a couple of blocks! The nation's oldest continuously operating farmers market and theater, the birthplace of the Conestoga Wagon, homes of some of Lancaster's most famous citizens, colonial churches, and much more will be brought to life through stories, characters, arts and architecture. You will learn the out-sized roll our small city played in the birth and growth of America as you stroll through charming streets and alleys and begin to understand the building blocks that take us to the present day. Sound great? Well there is still much more. After our old city history walk, we will whet our whistle at some of Lancaster's finest craft beer establishments - and the history isn't over. You will learn how much of our colorful past is tied to beer. From 19th century German influence to amazing tales of prohibition ingenuity, the beer flowing through the taps comes from the present day but reaches back across the last two centuries - and it's delicious!
Hi, I'm Mike, a life-long Lancaster history enthusiast and craft beer lover. I take our fascinating history seriously, not just appreciating the many sites, but looking behind the curtain for the threads that knit together past and present - exploring stories that bring characters to life and give texture to the experience. Oh, did I mention I love craft beer? Well, I do, and we have plenty to enjoy. I'll give you an insider's pass to some of the best craft brew taprooms around.
If you get hungry along the way, there are lots of great options. Just let me know what you need and I'll try to accommodate.
Your first beer at each stop is included in the tour price.
In addition to walking the oldest part of downtown Lancaster, we will be ducking into some of my favorite back alley brew pubs. These are off the beaten path, but definitely on the right side of brewing history. Springhouse Brewing Company, 2nd Gear Taproom, and Wacker Brewery are on the agenda and you will love the beer as well as the incredible stories.
This is a couple friendly, year-round experience. We can comfortably adapt to any weather conditions or personal preferences. If you don't see a time that works for you, please contact me directly.
Lancaster history and craft beer walk