The Best Pint of Craft Beer Awaits at the Frosty Mugs of Thunder Brewfest

 It’s a warm summer day in Laurel Highlands, and you are searching for something cold to drink. As you are walking around Somerset, PA, you notice several large white tents with a crowd of people outside of the Somerset Historical Center. You walk up and discover the Frosty Mugs of Thunder Brewfest. This annual craft beer festival honors the native sons and daughters of Somerset County, a place where “the frost comes early and stays late.” Mark your calendars for this awesome annual event on June 17, 2017!

If you are looking for incredible annual events in Laurel Highlands, download our free online Vacation Guide! It includes the best area festivals like the Frosty Mugs of Thunder Brewfest along with wonderful places to eat and shop near the event. Also, you’ll find our recommendations on which Oak Lodge accommodations are the best to stay in!

Everything You Need to Know About the 3rd Annual Frosty Mugs of Thunder Brewfest

Did you know? The mid-19th-century crop of Somerset was actually hops that create beer! The Frosty Mugs of Thunder Brewfest, which is held each year in mid-June, celebrates this amazing feat of Somerset with samples from Pennsylvania breweries, local food, and live music. Plus, when you purchase your ticket, you’ll receive a complimentary souvenir tasting glass!

The Cause

The Frosty Mugs of Thunder Brewfest is an annual fundraiser for the Historical & Genealogical Society of Somerset County. Proceeds from the festival help keep the Society’s library filled with historical information and family trees. If you have some time during your trip, stop by the library. You’ll find a large collection of genealogy in books, records, and significant figures in Somerset history. If you want to look up your family name, you may be surprised what you discover!

The Venue

Somerset Historical Center preserves and teaches the history of rural Pennsylvania through wonderful exhibits, enthralling events, and restored landmarks. The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission manages this heritage museum.

As you walk around this beautiful property, the thrilling past of Pennsylvania comes to life in the replica Farmstead homes from the 1770s and 1830s and in the Exhibit Halls. You’ll discover the rich flavors of history when you meander through the Cider Press and Sugar Camp. Make your way to the Walter’s Mill Covered Bridge and see its red facade standing out from the green forest. Once you finish exploring the property, you’ll come back to the Visitors Center for a great end to your exploring and the sight of the Frosty Mugs of Thunder Brewfest.

The Breweries

Every year during the festival, each guest can sample 15 beers from outstanding breweries in Pennsylvania. As you walk from tent to tent, try some delicious brews from refreshing pale ales to tasty IPAs to rich porters. The Frosty Mugs of Thunder Brewfest showcased four remarkable breweries last year. These included Whitehorse Brewing, Four Seasons Brewing Company & Pub, Coal Country Brewing, and Full Pint Brewing Co. Each brewery has its own distinct flavors and that pair perfectly with the laid-back atmosphere, delectable cuisine, and great people.

Relive Your Day at Oak Lodge

After you finish your afternoon at the Frosty Mugs of Thunder Brewfest, head back to your luxurious accommodation at Oak Lodge. Our properties are newly-renovated with rustic features, charming furnishings, and natural elements. If you are traveling with friends, we recommend our Farmhouse 1868. This restored home boasts four queen bedrooms and three full bathrooms along with a gourmet kitchen, spacious living room, and all-encompassing views from the wrap-around porch. Delight in the rustic charm of our 800-acre paradise and spend your time indulging in everything we have to offer.

Plan your next Laurel Highlands trip this June with us!