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June 27, 2019
BSSF LOCAL BREW TOUR: Levengoods of Lancaster
The craft beer movement has been sweeping across the country, led by a desire for high-quality flavors and an urge to support local economies and communities. Lancaster City is no exception, and BSSF wanted to showcase some of the unique local breweries with a new sponsored series called BSSF Local Brew Tour!
Lane Levengood spent years perfecting his homegrown cider as a personal pastime, playing with his recipe and learning about the fine art and exact science of making cider. Then one day, he realized he had come up with a product that was really good, and worth sharing. Lane opened the doors to his West King Street Cidery, Levengoods of Lancaster, in the summer of 2017. It took him a year to negotiate the paperwork, permits, and financial aspects that go into starting an establishment that makes and sells alcohol.
Today, all cider is made on premises, with a tasting room where guests can sample a selection of eight rotating ciders and choose from locally sourced snacks. Levengood’s cider is made with the juice of apples grown on a local fifth-generation farm in Lancaster County. That juice is fermented on the King Street premises for about six weeks in a unique process that focuses on precise filtering methods to produce an effervescent, crystal clear product. The unique, celiac-friendly beverage draws people with dietary restrictions who want that microbrewery vibe without the glutens. Every season brings new flavors of cider to Levengoods, but loyal cider drinkers can taste the popular cherry cider and hopped cider year round. All ciders are also available in to go bottles at the cidery on King Street, and can be found on tap in select bars and restaurants across the city.