Saturday was my first drunken school bus tour with Good Beer Club and I’m definitely on board for the next. I haven’t been on a school bus in at least 13 or 14 years, and never had I ever drank beer on a school bus, so this trip from Buffalo, NY to Erie, PA was quite a treat.
Our first stop was The Brewerie at Union Station. The building that houses this brewery was built in 1927 and is really quite lovely, both outside and in. Our guide started his spiel with “Sorry… No Bud, Miller or Coors Here! Just Draft and Bottled Beer from Pennsylvania’s Finest Microbreweries.”
We enjoyed a buffet lunch and pitchers of free, freshly brewed beer, plus however many pints or flights we cared to drink on the first leg of our trip. I bought myself a pint of the Belgian Abbey which was ok, but not the best I’ve ever had of the style. After that, I filled up on free pitchers of their IPA and piles of roast beef on weck.
As we ate and enjoyed our beer, we got to watch some brewing in action; a man who won a homebrew contest comes once a month to brew his own recipes and sell them to pubs around Pennsylvania. Pretty rad, if you ask me.
The Brewerie at Union Station was delightful; small but such a treat to visit. After having our fill of food and tasty draft beer, we popped outside to stretch our legs before hopping on the bus to our next stop. Here’s a small pile of the motley crew, half in the bag and ready for more.
Our next stop was Erie Brewing Company – stay tuned!
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