I 95 Road Trip - Syracuse to Jacksonville FL

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  1. Nole_Brew

    Nole_Brew Initiate (0) Mar 11, 2014 Florida

    Whats good,

    My dad, brother, and I are all driving from Syracuse New York, through NYC and then down to Jacksonville Florida over the holiday break, and are looking to stop at some well known or highly regarded brew pubs, breweries, etc on the way home. I think we are taking 95 most of the way, but I am looking for ideas for places to swing by.

    Thanks in advance
  2. floridadrift

    floridadrift Initiate (0) Oct 24, 2014 Florida

  3. DoubleSimcoe

    DoubleSimcoe Poo-Bah (2,998) Jan 7, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Mamma mia... can you even begin to fathom the amount of brewpubs and breweries you will find in a +1000-mile road trip North to South? It would take several forums and days to get it all...
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  4. Nole_Brew

    Nole_Brew Initiate (0) Mar 11, 2014 Florida

    Hahaha, I live in florida, we are driving both ways but making most of the stops on the way back.

    Double, more of the iconic stuff, like I know we want to go to Dogfishhead
  5. hophead_87

    hophead_87 Initiate (0) Apr 23, 2014 Virginia

    In VA, Hardywood is worth the stop. Pick up some GBS to go if possible!
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  6. NYR-Zuuuuc

    NYR-Zuuuuc Devotee (417) Jan 1, 2013 Connecticut

    Two Roads in CT. It's a great brewery visit. Tasting room is really nice. And it's right off 95. Worth a stop.
  7. fredmugs

    fredmugs Initiate (0) Aug 11, 2012 Indiana

    I haven't been but I've heard great things about Peekskill which is just north of NYC. DC Brau - especially if you can get OTWOA.
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  8. WillieThreebiers

    WillieThreebiers Poo-Bah (8,804) Apr 26, 2012 Connecticut

    You might want to consider taking 81 to 77 or 26 on the way down, and then come back on 95. Some great breweries in VA - 3 Brothers & Blue Mountain - also Capital Alehouse in Harrisonburg is exceptional. Then go through either Charlotte or Asheville (Wicked Weed).
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  9. Gunch43

    Gunch43 Initiate (0) Jan 15, 2010 Pennsylvania

    Take the 10 mile detour off of 95 in philly and make sure you hit up Tired Hands.
  10. bcoyle

    bcoyle Initiate (0) Sep 9, 2011 Massachusetts

    First I would go to Ommegang in NYS, then I would hit Carton in NJ, In PA I would get over to Tired Hands as well as Forest and Main. I would go to DE and hit Dog Fish Head instead of going through Washington DC. Then you can get into the Carolinas where you should go to Wicked Weed (NC) and Westbrook brewery (SC). Making way into GA I would do Terripan or Sweetwater. Finally arriving in Florida where I would go straight to Cigar City.

    KVNBGRY Initiate (0) Aug 1, 2012 Florida

    What bcoyle said. But check here for breweries from states you're in. Jacksonville has about 7 different breweries now too. So I think you'll find something you like here.
  12. Rkish22

    Rkish22 Initiate (0) Mar 9, 2014 Georgia

    Westbrook in Charleston can't be too far from I95..
  13. gopens44

    gopens44 Poo-Bah (2,423) Aug 9, 2010 Virginia
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    Center of the Universe brewery in Ashland, VA is off exit 89. Like MAYBE 2 miles off 95. You can see it from the interstate. Strangeways is a touch more difficult to find, but if you make it to Hardywood, you only need to take a few turns on backroads to avoid interstate and get over there. Pretty simple to find your way back south from there as well.
  14. powpig2002

    powpig2002 Initiate (0) Jan 26, 2012 Florida

    State Line liquor in Delaware. About 2 minutes off 95. Great store.
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  15. gr8zehaman

    gr8zehaman Aspirant (294) Aug 23, 2010 North Carolina

    Good call, Tired Hands is brewing some awesome stuff.
  16. bluehende

    bluehende Poo-Bah (2,440) Dec 10, 2010 Delaware

    DFH is well out of your way. Having said that it is well worth the time. Going south through DE and going over the Bay Bridge will cost you over an hour. As someone mentioned the DC area can cost you a lot of time too. Depending on the time of the day it may be a wash. If you have more time this detour brings you within a mile or so of Mispillion in Milford. Another 1/2 or so out of your way is Burley Oak in Berlin MD and 16 mile in Georgetown DE. Due to time and quality that is the order I would say to visit them.
  17. Soloveitchik

    Soloveitchik Disciple (328) Feb 7, 2013 New York

    If you are taking 81->17 in order to go to NYC (as opposed to I-90) then Ithaca Beer Co. is easily doable (although your first stop would be an hour after you left). Ommegang (which has been mentioned) is a nice spot but not along the interstate at all. Peekskill would be a pretty great place to stop (off hours are very empty and laid back) but is getting pretty close to NYC. On your way out of NYC I would definitely hit Troegs and/or Victory in PA. As far as Dogfish head you would really need make a decision whether or not to prioritize DFH and head to Delaware (after Troegs/Victory) or continue on to the DC/Baltimore area and head that direction.
  18. Wanda

    Wanda Initiate (137) Nov 23, 2006 Tennessee

    In North Carolina most of the outstanding breweries are well west of 95 (like by a few hours). Closer to 95 you'll find DuckRabbit http://goo.gl/maps/AcFic

    and my personal favorite from the eastern half of our state Mother Earth in Kinston http://goo.gl/maps/vMXk8

    Raleigh is fairly close to 95 and there are quite a few breweries there as well and some very good bottle shops.
  19. bluehende

    bluehende Poo-Bah (2,440) Dec 10, 2010 Delaware

    This is actually in MD. But as you can guess by the name it is virtually on the line. It is directly off the last exit (or first depending on direction) in MD. The best deal is to avoid the DE toll by using the last exit in either state and getting back on at the first exit of either state. If you are stopping at Stateline you lose less than 5 minutes. That money can then be spent on beer.
  20. Lucular

    Lucular Poo-Bah (4,497) Jun 20, 2014 Maryland
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    Heavy Seas is underrated and makes a good stop in the Baltimore area. Tours are $5 and include a pint glass with 5 tasting tokens!
  21. bcoyle

    bcoyle Initiate (0) Sep 9, 2011 Massachusetts

    Oh forgot to mention, before you even leave Syracuse go to Dinosaur BBQ and/or Empire Brewing Company. You won't be disappointed.
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  22. Uniobrew31

    Uniobrew31 Devotee (483) Jan 16, 2012 Pennsylvania

    If you are willing Skip NYC hit 95 via 81 you could stop by Troegs in Hershey. It is worth a trip.
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  23. jmdrpi

    jmdrpi Poo-Bah (8,987) Dec 11, 2008 Pennsylvania

    Well it depends how he comes down from Syracuse. I-81 the whole way wouldn't hit I-95 until the Washington area.
  24. jmdrpi

    jmdrpi Poo-Bah (8,987) Dec 11, 2008 Pennsylvania

    Evolution Brewing is also along the way if you go down the Del-Mar-Va penninsula. I stopped there for a nice lunch on the way to Virginia Beach. Good food.
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  25. Axic10

    Axic10 Savant (923) Mar 15, 2008 New Jersey
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    About a mile off of 95 right over the PA/NJ border is Vault Brewing in Yardley, PA. Great food and they are doing some good things with their beers.
  26. bluehende

    bluehende Poo-Bah (2,440) Dec 10, 2010 Delaware

    I guess for completeness (I bet there are even more) we should mention 3rd wave in Delmar not far from evolution. Too much beer ..... too little time.
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  27. rhartogsq

    rhartogsq Aspirant (261) Jun 18, 2010 Virginia

    As mentioned above...Hardywood and Center of The Universe are within 5 minutes of their respective exits off of 95. State Line Liquors is a must stop, and I use those exits, as mentioned above to avoid the tolls as well.
    DC Brau, I would check their hours before stopping. Someone mentioned Westbrook as well...they have limited hours, so check that before hand. It is also 57 miles from 95 exit.
  28. BBThunderbolt

    BBThunderbolt Poo-Bah (10,026) Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    I used to live between Rochester and Syracuse, and traveled that way often. A must-hit for you would be to take I-81 to I-80, go west and get off at Rte 15, go South and hit Selins' Grove brewery in Selinsgrove PA. Then take 15 south to Harrisburg, and hit up Troegs in Hershey. Or vice versa, if you'll be hitting breweries on the way back.
  29. DoubleSimcoe

    DoubleSimcoe Poo-Bah (2,998) Jan 7, 2009 Pennsylvania

    State Line Liquor is in Maryland
  30. RavenForBeer

    RavenForBeer Initiate (0) Mar 4, 2014 Georgia

    Westbrook, terrapin, and sweetwater are well off 95. About 50 miles and 250 respectively. Hit up southbound brewing. It's only 15 miles off 95 here in Savannah.
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  31. powpig2002

    powpig2002 Initiate (0) Jan 26, 2012 Florida

    Yeah, but it's on the state line.
  32. Serp1114

    Serp1114 Initiate (0) Jun 15, 2014 New Jersey

    Right off I95 before you hit philly make a stop in croydon and visit neshaminy creek brewing. Awesome little brewery that has some great beers.
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  33. NavyGuy

    NavyGuy Initiate (0) Jan 5, 2008 Florida

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  34. Zetcha7x

    Zetcha7x Initiate (0) Feb 17, 2014 Pennsylvania

    Yards Brewing Co is also in Philly and not too far from 95. Victory is a bit out of the way but is worth the detour.
  35. Onemoresolo

    Onemoresolo Initiate (0) Jul 21, 2014 Connecticut

    You could always get off in New Haven and take a <10 min detour to NEBCo, though the Two Roads brewery is quite a spectacle.
  36. SaCkErZ9

    SaCkErZ9 Poo-Bah (2,623) Feb 27, 2005 South Carolina
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    Uhhh, Charleston is nowhere near 95.
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  37. HopFace

    HopFace Aspirant (248) Feb 29, 2012 Colorado

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  38. Rkish22

    Rkish22 Initiate (0) Mar 9, 2014 Georgia

    It's an hour drive from Charleston to 95. That's not "too far" as I mentioned in respects to driving from Syracuse to Jacksonville...I guess it depends on the priorities for the drivers
  39. timedwards3113

    timedwards3113 Initiate (0) Oct 21, 2014 Pennsylvania

    Hardywood Park and Strangeways in Richmond, VA. No detour needed.
  40. WS_Transplant

    WS_Transplant Initiate (184) Nov 30, 2014 North Carolina

    If you end up taking I81 through western NC, there are a few places in Asheville to stop. Obviously Wicked Weed is great, but also check out Wedge or the Thirsty Monk.
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