The Pa. Department of Agriculture today announced a new PA Preferred Brews program.
For many Pennsylvania breweries, sourcing local ingredients may not be new — though it can sometimes be a challenge. Pennsylvania’s hop and malt industries are rather young, comparatively, but growing.
However, sourcing locally often goes hand-in-hand with the craft beer world, and many Pa. breweries — including Tröegs, Molly Pitcher, Pizza Boy, and Free Will — use local hops, malt, and other ingredients whenever possible.
The Pa. Department of Agriculture’s new PA Preferred Brews program aims to incentivize this practice by recognizing those breweries using all-Pennsylvania products.
PA Preferred Brews
Millworks Brewery’s Millworks PA Pale is the first beer designated under the PA Preferred Brews program.
However, Millworks Brewery brewed another PA Preferred Brew, a Fresh Hop Pale Ale, ready for #drinklocal enthusiasts.
This beer uses Fresh Chinook hops from Sunny Brae Hops for citrus and slight pine notes with a refreshing lemon-zest aftertaste, while Double Eagle Malt’s pilsner and pale malts lend balance and subtle sweetness.
Clocking in at 4.5% ABV and 25 IBUs, it’s a sessionable pale ale packed with flavor. Millworks Brewery plans to continuously feature at least one PA Preferred Brews beer.
Millworks is the first brewery to receive this designation, but other breweries plan to release their own PA Preferred Brews soon.
Look for the PA Preferred logo on your next brewery visit. Plus, keep an eye out for a PA Preferred Beer Trail that is in the works.
PA Preferred is an effort by the state Department of Agriculture to promote products made solely with Pennsylvania ingredients. It helps ensure that Pennsylvanians are helping and supporting their fellow Pennsylvanians.
[Editor’s note: You know there is no excuse to buy apple or potato products made anywhere else, right? Always look for that “Pennsylvania” on the label.]