Pennsylvania has some of the more archaic alcohol laws in the country, especially when it comes to finding a place to buy beer. Fortunately, you can still go to the source and buy it right at the brewery. Penn State might be in the Big Ten, but this is the first time they have had their own Friday Drankin’ profile since we haven’t played the Nittany Lions since 2016. Let’s take a look at the closest brewery to Beaver Stadium.
Happy Valley Brewing Company
137 Elmwood St.
State College, PA 16801
Happy Valley Brewing Company is 1.6 miles from the stadium just off of U.S. 322 in State College. It is located in the old Klinger Farms barn, and Klinger Farms was established way back in 1814. Like most breweries they offer a solid food lineup, but their beers look to be pretty good. Here are some of their best looking options:
Tailgater APA – 4.7% ABV, 30 IBU - Our new twist on Happy Valley’s favorite Pale Ale…the zesty blast of flavor from fresh blood orange purée pairs perfectly with the bright citrusy hop aroma, and dry, refreshing finish. Enjoy this beer with a sandwich at your local barn or share it…with 106,572 of your closest friends.
Craftsman Brown Ale – 5.2% ABV, 20 IBU - Deep, mahogany brown color harmonizes perfectly with a nutty, toffee-like aroma and taste. Not the least bit cloying, but the “biscuity” malt flavors linger well into the next sip… and the next… and the next…
Springtail Ale Summer Session – 4.3% ABV - Welcome to the Barn’s newest permanent resident~ our crisp session ale is the right blend of malty and sweetness that combines on your palate to offer hints of the tropical and peach. ~ This ale offers the right amount of refreshment for those hard-working days outside~ enjoy it!
Plum Picker Kolsch – 4.5% ABV - Much like Happy Valley’s weather in the summer ~ a kölsch is a study in subtle indecision- is it an ale? Is it a lager?… the question always remains for beer aficionados. We took our kölsch to a new level with a hint of plum. As an ale, it has broad, sweet flavors. The traditional lagering process keeps these flavors in check and contributes a dry quality that, while not as snappy as proper lagers, sets a Kölsch apart from other ales. Its subtle flavors & moderate alcohol make this style a great SUMMER session beer.
They also have some other beers, including one coming up called “Sain’t Misbehavin”, which I can only assume will be launched with this: