Much-expanded Passport Event showcases growing midstate beer business

The Susquehanna Ale Trail’s second annual Passport Event starts this weekend with a significantly larger slate of businesses than last year, according to the York County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The two-weekend event, including Fridays, has 14 participating businesses this year and includes York County-based Old Republic Distillery in addition to new breweries compared with last year’s participants in the inaugural run, according to the bureau.
A recent study named Pennsylvania among the country’s top beer economies, with the industry supporting more than 70,000 jobs and contributing about $8.7 billion to the commonwealth’s economy annually.
Last year, about 300 people participated in the Passport Event, bureau spokeswoman Allison Freeman said.
This year, the 140 passports available online nearly sold out before online sales closed down, she said. As was the case last year, participants also can buy passports at the participating businesses, Freeman said.
There have been more than 600 passports allocated for this year’s event, she said.
 

Brent Burkey

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