Pennsylvania is a state known for its great craft beer, so it’s not surprising that there are many fantastic Lehigh Valley breweries.
And, even leaving out the fact that Sam Adams brews much of their beer in a large brewery along I-78 near Allentown, you’ll find some of the state’s best breweries in the Lehigh Valley counties of Lehigh and Northampton.
Having visited many of these over the years, I’ve uncovered a lot of fantastic craft breweries in Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton, and beyond that any lover of craft beer is sure to enjoy.
Here are a few of my favorites broken down roughly into where they reside within the three main cities in this part of eastern PA.
Breweries in Allentown, PA
During my many visits to the region, I’ve had a chance to visit many great Allentown breweries. Here are a few of my favorite spots in Lehigh County to grab a craft beer.
Brü Daddy’s Brewing Company
Located in the heart of downtown Allentown, you’ll find Brü Daddy’s Brewing Company. And, while this place has more of a restaurant feel to it than a lot of other spots on this list, they also have some pretty fantastic craft beer.
During my visit, I had a chance to try four different beers while sitting at the bar (which has almost uncomfortably tall chairs). I was quite impressed with all four that I tried, though my favorites were the Granddaddy Haze: 4th Edition Imperial IPA and the Port Rye Barrel Aged Odd Quad of Todd.
Of course, Brü Daddy’s offers a large selection of beers, including some very good sours if that’s your thing.
As I said, this spot definitely felt more like a restaurant than a brewery, so, not surprisingly, they have a full menu, with an emphasis on wood-fired pizzas with house-made dough. I opted to try the K-Pop Pizza, which was quite good but didn’t have what I would call authentic Korean flavors.
Brü Daddy’s Brewing Company can be found at 732 Hamilton Street in Allentown.
McCall Collective Brewing Company
McCall Collective Brewing Company is another great spot to check out if you are looking for great Lehigh Valley breweries. This is the first fully-female owned brewery in Allentown and has two locations: one in Allentown and one in Breinigsville.
I had a chance to visit their Southside Allentown location, which appears to be a historic home that has been turned into a brewpub. This definitely gave the place an interesting feel.
During my visit, their menu was rather IPA heavy, though they did have other styles of beer on the menu.
I had a chance to try four beers, three of which were IPAs. Of the four, the standouts were the Three High Triple IPA and the Cinnablonde Bonde Ale (which was brewed with cinnamon donuts, cinnamon, and lactose).
I also had a chance to grab dinner here, and the whiskey burger and fresh-cut fries were both quite delicious.
McCall Collective Brewing Company can be found at 102 East Susquehanna Street in Allentown and at 7743 Hamilton Boulevard in Breinigsville.
Hijinx Brewing Company
Hijinx Brewing Company is located south of downtown Allentown, sandwiched into an industrial strip between Fairview Cemetery and the city’s recycling plant. Interestingly, this strip is also home to a meadery and a winery, so there are beverage options here for just about anyone.
Hijinx’s taproom is located in a large room surrounded by brewing equipment, with tables made primarily of large barrels.
During my visit, there were 12 beers on draft, of which I had a chance to try three in a flight. Of the ones I tried, the Kung Fu Gnome Belgian Blonde was my favorite. I also really enjoyed the Wicked Wheat White Beer, which reminded me of a better version of Blue Moon.
Note that Hijinx Brewing doesn’t offer food, but does periodically have food trucks outside.
Hijinx Brewing Company can be found at 905 Harrison Street in Allentown.
Yergey Brewing Company
Yergey Brewing Company can be found in Emmaus, a short distance southwest of Allentown.
Since my visit in the summer of 2021, they’ve moved from a small, garage-like space to a large space in the heart of Emmaus. So, while that means I can’t really comment on the current taproom’s vibe, I can still talk about the beers that I had there.
During my visit, they had eight different beers on draft, which covered a nice range of styles. I was able to try four of these beers in my flight. It should be noted that they also seem to offer more beers now that they are in their new location.
I was impressed by the uniqueness of some of their beers, including the Simply Chocolate Porter with an optional habanero extract addition and the Saison d’être Farmhouse Saison, which was brewed with black pepper and spices.
Yergey Brewing doesn’t offer food, but they do appear to have food trucks regularly.
Yergey Brewing Company can be found at 235 Main Street in Emmaus.
Sherman Street Beer Company
Sherman Street Beer Company sits almost exactly halfway between Allentown and Bethlehem, making this a fantastic craft brewery to visit from either city. It’s also one of the newest Allentown breweries, having first opened in April 2021.
I had a chance to visit this brewery a few months after it opened. During my visit, they had ten beers on draft, of which I was able to try five in my flight.
Given that they had only just recently opened, I was quite impressed with the quality of their beer. Highlights included their Blueberry Ale, Hop Next IPA, and the Norwegian Double IPA.
While I didn’t have a chance to try any food during my visit, Sherman Street offers a small selection of food including paninis and hot dogs.
Sherman Street Beer Company can be found at 1825 East Tremont Street in Allentown.
Breweries in Bethlehem, PA
Fegley’s Brew Works
Fegley’s Brew Works actually spans both of these lists and could be listed among both the breweries in Bethlehem and the ones in Allentown as they have locations in both cities. However, since their first location is the one in Bethlehem, I listed them here.
Fegley’s Brew Works first opened in 1998 and was part of the revitalization of downtown Bethlehem, PA. They offer a large list of beers, along with a full food menu. And, having eaten here several times, I cant definitely attest to this being a nice spot to great a meal.
As for beer, I’ve tried several here over the years, with my favorite being their seasonal Rude Elf’s Reserve (and its bourbon-barrel-aged cousin) which is only offered during the holiday season. I’ve also really liked the Hop’solutely Triple IPA and the Blueberry Belch Fruit Beer.
Fegley’s Brew Works can be found at 559 Main Street in Bethlehem and at 812 Hamilton Street in Allentown.
Hop Hill Brewing
Hop Hill Brewing can be found in an industrial building a short distance south of Bethlehem. However, despite the industrial feel of the exterior, the interior of the brewery has a nice and cozy feeling.
This is one of my favorite Lehigh Valley breweries, and they offer a really nice mix of beers. In fact, they had 12 different options on draft during my visit of which I was able to try four.
My favorite of the trip was The Shakes Milkshake IPA, which is brewed with lemon drops, which gave it almost a lemon meringue flavor. I also really enjoyed the Honey Porter, which had a unique flavor combination of honey and chocolate.
Hop Hill doesn’t offer food, but they do have food trucks quite frequently.
Hop Hill Brewing can be found at 1988 Blair Avenue in Bethlehem.
Breweries in Easton, PA
Located along the Delaware River, just across from New Jersey, Easton is the third-largest city in the Lehigh Valley. However, if you love craft beer, you’ll definitely want to check out this area as it is home to possibly my two favorite breweries in the Lehigh Valley.
Weyerbacher Brewing Company
Weyerbacher Brewing Company is located in Southside Easton just off of I-78 and is housed in an industrial building at the end of a residential street.
They first opened in 1995, and they are likely both the oldest and the largest brewery in the Lehigh Valley. However, despite their size, their taproom space is small enough to feel rather intimate.
Weyerbacher features a full line of delicious beers, but they are best known for their Blithering Idiot Barleywine and Merry Monks Belgian Tripel. If you want to see how these beers are made, they offer excellent brewery tours every weekend.
Note that Weyerbacher doesn’t offer a large menu, but they do have a few snack items for visitors.
Weyerbacher Brewing Company can be found at 905 Line Street in Easton.
Two Rivers Brewing Company
While Weyerbach might be better known, if you are looking for great breweries in Easton, PA, make sure you don’t miss Two Rivers Brewing Company.
Two Rivers Brewing Company is located just west of Easton’s Centre Square in a stately red-brick building. They typically have about a dozen beers on draft, of which I was able to try five during my visit.
Of those that I tried, my favorites were the Rover Red Ale and Left Eye IPA.
Two Rivers also features a full food menu, and I really quite enjoyed the meal that I had there with my family. The star of the show was their excellent Belgian Frites (which are cooked in duck fat), but my burger was also quite good.
Two Rivers Brewing can be found at 542 Northampton Street in Easton. They also have a location in Quakertown if you find yourself exploring Upper Bucks County.
What are your favorite breweries in the Lehigh Valley? Let me know in the comments below.