Maryland Outdoor Club
Sat, Aug 21 2004 - Brewery Tour/Camping/Hiking Wknd in PA (View Original Event Details)

Event Organizer(s): Steve Ehrman, Lonnie Goad, Alvin Liem
Participants:Lonnie Goad, Alvin Liem, Amy Pickwick, Steve Ehrman, Adam Miller, Kate Copanic, Joanne Milne, Karl Scheel, Craig Connacher, Leo Seung, Joanne Emerson, leslie labrecque, Bob Dewey, Paula Moran, Jason Cortezzo, Dennis Huacon, Melissa Liem, Jason Craver

Write Up:
The idea for this event came about on a rickety bus speeding on a treacherous, twisty road in the mountains of West Virginia, on the morning of 1 May 2004. So it was no surprise the event itself contained a few unexpected twists and turns. All in all, though, we accomplished our objectives--we toured the Yuengling Brewery; made camp; ate and, ahem, drank; and hiked a bit on scenic Hawk Mountain. Some of us even may have had a little bit of fun along the way.

While I may have had a hand in coming up with the concept of this trip, it was Alvin and Lonnie who had the drive to flesh out all the details that would allow it to happen. In their spare time they figured out dates, locations, prices, activities and other logistics. My talents were held in reserve for . . . something, I'm sure. We posted the details of the event to the MOC site, and watched over the weeks as people signed up, obviously not knowing what they were getting into.

As the event drew nearer, our thoughts turned to food. Lonnie, Alvin, and I hashed out a few menus and made a dry run to the local BJs Wholesale club. We revised the menu based on the prices we saw at BJs, as well as on input from event participants. So, the day before the event, we made our way back to BJs, this time armed with a shopping cart and a wad of cash. Chaos ensued, but we managed to leave with more than enough food to keep the troops happy during the trip.

We met at the Carney Park and Ride early Saturday morning, and began introductions. It was nice to see some new faces, and everybody looked anxious to get going. We split everyone into two groups and sent the first group on their way so they could arrive at the Yuengling Brewery for the 12:00 tour. The second group stayed behind for a little while, waiting for the last of the group to gather before heading out.

The trip up was uneventful, which is always a good thing. The first group arrived at the brewery in plenty of time and went inside to the gift shop. At noon we started our tour. It quickly took us to the heart of the brewing process--a large room with steam pipes, valves, control panels, gauges and, of course, huge tanks. The guide began to explain the brewing process to the group, which consisted of nearly 100 people. As you can imagine, we couldn't hear her very well, but it sounded something like this:

Yuengling Secret Recipe--open one container 'Yuengling instant beer mix.' Add water. Stir.

Actually, the brewing process involved things like the Cereal Cooker, Mash Tun, Brew Kettle, Lauter Tun, and the Wort Tank. It was impressive to hear the amounts of brew that could be generated just in this one room. We moved on through more parts of the brewery until we found ourselves outside at some sort of loading dock. Here, the tour guide could be heard easily, so she explained the history of the brewery and took questions from the crowd. She was very knowledgeable and friendly, and was a big part of the reason that I liked the tour.

After that we went through the bottling line and made our way down to the caves that were dug out beneath the brewery. These were built to store the brew at a balmy 42 degrees year ‘round. They haven't been used in years, but the brewery decided to open them up for tours this year, which is their 175th anniversary.

Next up, we made our way to the Rathskeller, a fully decked- out bar which was built in 1932. Here, we each were treated to two cups of the Yuengling brew of our choice. Afterward, we had our picture taken near the bar and then headed back to the gift shop.

Meanwhile, the second group, having eaten lunch before arriving at the brewery, began their tour, which was remarkably similar to the first one. The first group then ate lunch, and then all of us headed to the Laurel Lake campsite, stopping

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