5 Fantastic Breweries in Altoona and Blair County, PA

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Whether you’re exploring Altoona for its railroad history, its interesting pizza style, or its many great outdoor attractions, there are a lot of great spots to check out in this corner of the Alleghenies. And, for those that love craft beer, there are also some great breweries in Altoona and Blair County that are worth visiting.

While most of the breweries here can be found in Altoona, there are several others spread throughout the county, meaning that no matter where you are exploring in Blair County, you aren’t far from some locally-made craft beer.

So, before your next exploration of the region, read up on my picks for the best breweries in Altoona, Pennsylvania, and then make a plan to visit one or two of these great PA breweries.

Railroad City Brewing

The exterior of Railroad City Brewing in Altoona, PA
The exterior of Railroad City Brewing in Altoona.

Railroad City Brewing Company is located in the heart of downtown Altoona and was the first brewery to open in the city since Altoona Brewing Company closed in 1974.

Railroad City Brewing can be found in the heart of the city on 11th Avenue, just around the corner from the train station. While their taproom isn’t overly large, it’s quite an inviting space along a nice street.

Flight of beer from Railroad City Brewery in Altoona Pennsylvania
Railroad City offers some of the best beers in the city.

During my visit, Railroad City had eight beers and one cider on tap, as well as several flavors of hard seltzer. I opted to get a four-beer flight, and all of the brews I tried were quite good, with their Tiki Delusion Hazy IPA being my favorite from my visit.

Railroad City Brewing Company can be found at 1415 11th Avenue in Altoona.

Levity Brewing

The exterior of Levity Brewing in Altoona PA
Levity Brewing is located just two doors down from Railroad City Brewing.

Note that Levity Brewing’s Altoona location is temporarily closed. They plan to reopen in late summer 2022.

Levity Brewing is located just two doors down from Railroad City Brewing, making it quite easy to do a bit of a beer crawl along 11th Avenue while exploring the best breweries in Altoona.

Levity Brewing’s Altoona location is actually their second and was opened in 2021. Their main brewery is located in Indiana, PA, and, full disclosure, this is the only one of their taprooms I’ve visited since their space in Altoona was closed on the day of my most recent visit.

A flight of beer from Levity Brewing Company in Altoona PA
A flight of beer from Levity Brewing.

Nevertheless, Levity Brewing Company is definitely worth checking out when looking for adult beverages, as they typically have a very nice selection of beers on draft. My favorites during my visit to Levity included the Haze Oddity Double IPA and Flag Nabber Fruited Wheat Beer.

Levity Brewing’s Altoona taproom can be found at 1411 11th Avenue in Altoona.

Iron Pint Brewing

Flight of beers inside the tasting room of Iron Pint Brewing in Altoona Pennsylvania
Iron Pint Brewing features some of Altoona’s most inventive beers.

Iron Pint Brewing is located northeast of downtown Altoona in a nice building that features ample indoor seating. They had the misfortune of opening in April 2020, but have done a great job adapting since then and are definitely among my favorite of the breweries in Altoona, PA.

During my visit, Iron Pint had 13 different beers on draft, which spanned a nice range of styles, and I had a chance to try four of their beers.

The entrance to Iron Pint Brewing in Blair County PA
The entrance to Iron Pint Brewing.

The highlight of the flight was Shake Your Cake, which was a pineapple upsidedown cake milkshake IPA. While this could have easily been too sweet, it actually was really nicely balanced and also had great flavor.

I also really enjoyed their Red Ale and the Been There, Done That Coffee Porter.

Iron Pint Brewing can be found at 601 7th Avenue in Altoona.

Spring Dam Brewing

Exterior of Spring Dam Brewing in Roaring Spring PA
Spring Dam Brewing is located within an old general store.

Spring Dam Brewing is located in a converted general store in Roaring Spring, PA.

Opened in early 2021, Spring Dam Brewing features a nice selection of craft beers and a warm and inviting taproom that is filled with many great historical touches.

Inside Spring Dam Brewing in Roaring Spring PA
There are a wide variety of beers and sodas to choose from at Spring Dam Brewing.

When I visited, Spring Dam had seven different beers on draft, as well as homemade root beer and cream soda, which is perfect for those that don’t drink or who are visiting with kids.

During my visit, I had a chance to try several delicious beers, with my favorites being the Dam it Jim Milk Stout and DrumR78 Cold IPA, both of which had excellent flavor.

Spring Dam Brewing can be found at 269 E Main Street in Roaring Spring.

Juniata Brewing Company

Flight of beers at Juniata Brewing Company in Huntingdon Pennsylvania
My flight of beers at Juniata Brewing Company.

Juniata Brewing Company is the newest addition to the Blair County brewery list, having expanded from its primary location in Huntingdon and into Slinky Action Zone in Duncansville.

Juniata Brewing first opened in early 2020 and opened its location in Duncansville in early 2022. They offer a nice mix of beers that are sure to delight but aren’t likely to blow you away.

Nevertheless, if you are looking for what is surely the most fun setting for a brewery in the Altoona area, this is a great spot to check out.

Juniata Brewing Company in Slinky Action Zone can be found at 491 Municipal Drive in Duncansville.

Marzoni’s Brewing Company

Exterior of Marzoni's in Duncansville, PA
Marzoni’s has four locations in PA, including two in Blair County.

Marzoni’s Brewing Company is a brewery chain that operates four breweries in Pennsylvania, including two in Blair County: Duncansville and Altoona (as well as in Selinsgrove and Mechanicsburg).

Officially known as Marzoni’s Brick Oven Pizza and Brewing Company, they opened their first location in Duncansville in 2003 before expanding to Altoona in 2012. While they are known primarily for their pizza and food, they also offer the chance to try some of their own locally-produced beers.

Typically, Marzoni’s has seven flagship beers on draft, along with a selection of seasonal beers that vary based on when you visit.

A beer at the bar in Marzoni's brewery in Blair County PA
A beer at the bar in Marzoni’s.

During my visit to the Duncansville location, I had a chance to try several of their beers, with their Avalanche IPA being my favorite of the group.

And while Marzoni’s doesn’t produce the best craft beer in Blair County, it’s a nice place to stop if you are looking for craft beer and a nice meal.

Marzoni’s can be found at 164 Patchway Road in Duncansville and at 1830 East Pleasant Vally Boulevard in Altoona.

What is your favorite Altoona brewery? Let us know in the comments below.

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1 thought on “5 Fantastic Breweries in Altoona and Blair County, PA”

  1. Another fascinating edition. Especially love the Breweries, such wonderful names for some of the beers/drinks.
    Cheers 🍻

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