This Friday tour will gather at 9:30 at the Weiss Markets/Gas & Go shopping center on Route 100 (less than a mile north of Route 78/22). The street address is 7801 Glenlivet Drive West, Fogelsville, PA 18051. We will depart for the brewery at 10:00AM.
The run is 52 miles, about two hours’ time to arrive in Pottsville. One highlight is that there is not a single traffic light for 50 miles, and the route travels through significant state game land, and other twisty and elevation changing roads.
NOTE: No pit stop is planned so folks will need to fill their Miata tanks and empty their personal tanks at gathering location.
That gets us into Pottsville to park at about noon. We will have lunch at Roma Pizza, where we will have a private room with a lunch buffet set up for our arrival (assorted pizza, wraps, sub slices, plus soft drinks/coffee/tea). The restaurant cost including tip will be $19.00 per person. The brewery tour will add $1.00 per person for our group, so total cost per person is $20, which we will collect in cash at the Weiss gathering spot. Parking in Pottsville is in a municipal lot, between the restaurant and brewery, about two city blocks in either direction. The parking is metered, 25 cents per half hour, quarters only, and so folks will need six or seven quarters. The brewery will provide a tour specific to our group starting at 2:00 p.m., and it runs for just under 90 minutes. The only restriction is footwear – Completely closed shoes must be worn, and sneakers are recommended due to wet and sloped surfaces, and stairs. The brewery will be operating (filling cans or bottles). Access to operations is amazingly close. The tour concludes with free tasting (two 8 ounce glasses), and tips are accepted for the tour guide.
Good restroom facilities are available at both the restaurant and the brewery. The brewery, built on this location in 1831 is certified as the country's oldest, and has many unique/interesting features, including huge hand-dug fermentation caves. It is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Our brewery tour will be limited to 40, so we're going to limit our cars to approximately 20. When registering, please also explicitly add the name of anyone attending with you, even if their name is preloaded as a default. The brewery requires a final count two weeks prior, so registration will close end of day June 11. Please reserve the time for this summer Friday now, and register on-line soon. If you need additional information, you may contact Jim Roper at 267-515-2781.
Here is the website for the brewery.