Area breweries growing, cashing in on trend

In a growing number of establishments, what's on tap is brewed right here in the Midstate.

We noticed a lot of breweries popping up in our area, and experts have sensed a trend too. According to the Central Penn Business Journal, one in five state brewery licenses are in the Midstate. Lancaster County leads the pack with 14. The total number statewide has doubled in the past decade.

Some experts say our area is a brewing hub.

At Al's of Hampden in Cumberland County, they are serving their own brew. Owner Albert Kominski noticed the area wide increase and said more and more are trying to tackle brewing.

“I think we're just so passionate about it that we throw all of our money on the table, cash in our retirement accounts, and we try to brew beer for people because we are passionate about it and that's what we want to do,” Kominski said.

One of the newest breweries may be the Brewery at Hershey in Londonderry Township.

“Are we making some money? Sure. But we are having a lot of fun, and at the end of the day we are having fun and our staff is having fun,” said Jason Reimer, President Vineyard and Brewery at Hershey.

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