CUMBERLAND — From moonshine, rye whiskey and IPAs to cider, mead and fruit wines, people can get a taste for southwestern Pennsylvania on the new Laurel Highlands Pour Tour.
Developed by the Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau in partnership with 31 craft beverage leaders, the new trail showcases the region’s rich heritage, agricultural diversity and entrepreneurial spirit.
“The lore and legacy of distilled spirits and craft beverages run deep in Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands,” said Ann Nemanic, executive director of the LHVB. “Today’s industry has blossomed from those deep-seated roots, providing visitors with authentic experiences and tastes they won’t find in any other region. Our Laurel Highlands Pour Tour weaves together history, exceptional landscape and entrepreneurship into a trail of flavorful destinations.”
Tour sites include 14 breweries, 11 wineries, four distilleries, one cidery and one meadery.
Lisa Welch, assistant manager at Tall Pines Distillery in Salisbury, Pennsylvania, believes the Laurel Highlands Pour Tour may revive interest in the region’s early history.
“Our Laurel Highlands has a rich heritage in the history of distilled spirits,” said Welch. “This is where the Whiskey Rebellion took place. Not only will the Pour Tour help promote awareness of this fast-growing industry, but perhaps pique interest in our region’s role in American history.”
Participants receive a passport to start a journey along the trail. After visiting a participating site and purchasing a beverage, a sticker will be placed in the passport for validation. Prizes will be awarded for collecting stickers from eight, 18, or 28 participating locations. Participants who complete all the stops by Jan. 1, 2021, will be entered into a chance to win a grand prize beverage-themed Laurel Highlands getaway valued at $1,000.
A Laurel Highlands Pour Tour app is available for download. Pour Tour Passports can be ordered at lhpourtour.com or by calling 724-238-5661, ext. 101.