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History, Beer & Dining at Bube’s Brewery

Whether you love beer, history or both, Bube’s Brewery in Mount Joy is worth a visit. Named for it’s proprietor, Alois Bube, the brewery features unique spaces for a casual night out, a group dinner, or even a wedding.

In 1876, Alois Bube, a young German immigrant, began brewing German-style lager in Mount Joy. The brewery was one of hundreds in the United States at the time, delivering within horse and carriage range (about 20 miles). The brewery ran without the luxuries of electricity and refrigeration, hence the catacombs that lay under the building.

In Alois Bube’s time, the catacombs served as the refrigerator, chilling beer prior to delivery. Today, visitors can take a free tour of the catacombs daily between 5:30 and 9:00 PM, and even have dinner there. Select Fridays and Sundays, the Catacombs are transformed for themed feasts, including medieval, pirate, and gypsy feasts to name a few. If you’re looking to get married in a super unique space, Bube’s hosts weddings in the catacombs as well.

If you’re looking for a meal with a dash of theatrics and mystery, join Bube’s for a murder mystery dinner, either during a public dinner or with a group for a private event. You’ll be transported back in time with one of their many story lines for an entertaining evening paired with a complete dinner.

While you’re visiting, grab a bite to eat, with fine dining available in the Catacombs and casual dining in The Bottling Works. Bube’s recently brought on Executive Chef, David Nutter, who is revamping the menu to feature new seasonal items. They’re still brewing small batches of beer as well to pair with your meal.

When the weather warms up, the Beirgarten is open for outdoor dining. The Beirgarten has lots of character, with greenery, a life-sized chess board, and the huge boiler and smokestack which was used to power the brewery back in the day.

Newly added to the Bube’s Brewery complex is the Bootleggers Escape – Live Escape Room. The Escape Room takes you back in time to the roaring 20s to put your detective skills. This is a great activity for up to six people, as you work together to solve clues and puzzles.

On April 28, Bube’s will host their first Jazz Night at Alois. Kevin Valentine will be performing at 8:00 PM in the original Victorian Central Hotel. Light, tapas-style fare along with select whiskies, cocktails, martinis and homemade beer will be available while you enjoy the soulful music.

For more information on this fascinating complex, their events and happenings, be sure to visit their website!

The Lancaster Brewing Company

For a significant portion of my childhood, my parents owned two local pizza joints.  Owning their own restaurants had many drawbacks for Mom and Dad; the long hours, dealing with staff and the myriad of financial hurdles owners of small businesses have to attend to just to name a few.  That’s not to say there weren’t perks.  While unlimited free pizza may not have done wonders for my complexion, it did afford me a limited amount of social cache with other local teenagers.

Free food non-withstanding, I saw the toll owning your own restaurant took on my parents.   Years later, my wife would ask me if I missed the pizza shop, and I would tell her that I never wanted to be a part of the restaurant-owner lifestyle again.

Unless of course I had money to burn. Then suddenly the idea became a lot more appealing.

As a wealthy restaurant benefactor, I could sit around and dine with locals, joke around with the chef and tinker endlessly with the menu.  Now that sounded like a lot of fun.  In this scenario The restaurant I would imagine in my head was a friendly local pub in a renovated turn of the century building with a long bar accented with brass fixtures, high backed booths made of dark woods and of course me, the gregarious welcoming owner getting fatter by the day.

“So what does this have to do with Lancaster County per se?” you may be asking yourself, and for good reason having just trudged through at least two paragraphs that have nothing to do with Pennsylvania Dutch Country in the slightest.  Well, I had a photography meetup this past weekend to shoot the Lancaster Science Factory.  Afterward, we all got together for lunch and a few beers at the nearby Lancaster Brewing Company.  In my “wealthy restaurant benefactor scenario” the LBC would fit the bill as the restaurant perfectly.  Although they don’t have any high-backed booths, the atmosphere inside the old brick building is truly Lancaster County.  The history of the building can be traced back to the 1880’s.  At various times it was used as a tobacco warehouse, a clearing house for scrap metal and even housed enemy prisoners during World War II.  There’s a great bar area accented with a copper countertop, and the general seating area surrounds the gigantic silver vats used in the brewing process, spanning two floors of the building giving the Brewery a comfortable roomy feel.

Of course the main attraction is some very tasty beer brewed right on the premises, the most popular of which seem to be the Amish Four Grain Pale Ale and the Hop Hog IPA.  Although a lot of what LBC has to offer is available at beer distributors and restaurants throughout the County, many customers still come in to get their bottles directly from the source.

The lunch turned out to be terrific.  They set our group up in a back room that worked out great for photography-talk.  I had a glass of the Strawberry Wheat beer along with their Caesar Salad (pictured above).  Everyone at the meetup seemed pretty satisfied with their grub.  Most folks ordered varieties on the LBC’s Classic Angus Burger which looked plentiful and smelled fantastic. I even noticed someone with a tasty looking Beer-Soaked Brat, and coming from someone who lives to soak, par-broil and grill brats in the summertime, that’s a decent compliment.

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