To celebrate the launch of the new passport, Visit Bucks County partnered with Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company and Free Will Brewing Company on a collaborative beer release, Sixteen Eighty-Two Kölsch.

BUCKS COUNTY, P.A. (May 8, 2019) – Beginning May 11, visitors traveling to Bucks County’s 15 (and counting) breweries can get sip their way to a FREE t-shirt! Those looking to follow the Bucks County Ale Trail can find the mobile passport at Consumers who check in to five or more breweries with their mobile passport can receive a FREE Bucks County Ale Trail t-shirt.

“Tourists are seeking out breweries when making travel decisions,” said Jerry Lepping, President & COO of Visit Bucks County. “We are thrilled to work with Bucks County breweries to market the Ale Trail and to spearhead a collaboration that will set us apart as a craft beer destination.”

To launch the Ale Trail passport, Visit Bucks County partnered with Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company and Free Will Brewing Company on a limited seasonal beer release, Sixteen Eighty-Two Kölsch, named for the year that William Penn founded Bucks County.

Nearly 300 years after William Penn's Historic Walking Purchase helped form Bucks County, these two breweries came together to celebrate the creation of the Bucks County Ale Trail passport. Their wet hopped Kölsch-style ale is a nod to the brewing traditions of Germany mixed with a dash of American creativity. Wet hopped with Huell Melon and Mandarina, this crisp ale is ripe with notes of melon and honeydew.

Sixteen Eighty-Two Kolsch

Sixteen Eighty-Two Kölsch is being distributed locally and regionally beginning on May 11, with a uniquely designed label that includes the Bucks County Ale Trail logo. It is the first beer release in the Bucks County Ale Trail series and can be found at Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company and Free Will Brewing Company (on tap only) as well as at a variety of local and regional bars and distributors (full list –  Visit Bucks County will continue to partner with Bucks County breweries to release new Bucks County Ale Trail collaborative beers seasonally throughout the year. 

Bucks County breweries are diverse in size and style with a revolving list of unique ingredients. From flagship brews like Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company’s Croydon Cream Ale to seasonal favorites like Mad Princes Brewing’s Solebury Spruce Saison, Bucks County’s beer scene is booming with locally-sourced breweries on the Ale Trail offering an array of regional all year-round.

“It was a pleasure to work with Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company and Free Will Brewing Company to launch the first Bucks County Ale Trail beer release,” said Lepping. “There is a true sense of comradery among all of the Bucks County breweries.  Our local brewers are a smart, collaborative group who embody the spirit of craft beer and understand the strength of coming together as an Ale Trail.”

Full list of Bucks County Breweries:

•           Broken Goblet, Bensalem

•           Bucks County Brewery, Pipersville

•           Free Will Brewing Company, Perkasie & Peddler’s Village

•           Geronimo Brewing Co., Doylestown

•           Great Barn Brewery Taproom, New Hope

•           Langhorne Brewing Company, Langhorne

•           Mad Princes Brewing, Buckingham

•           Moss Mill Brewing Company, Huntingdon Valley

•           Naked Brewing Company, Southampton Township

•           Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company, Croydon

•           The Proper Brewing Company, Quakertown

•           Red Lion Brewery, Quakertown

•           Tower Hill Brewery, Chalfont

•           Triumph Brewing Company, New Hope

•           Vault Brewing Company, Yardley

Bucks County Ale Trail mobile passport:
Where to find Sixteen Eighty-Two Kölsch:

Download high-res imagery of breweries here:

Download Ale Trail & Sixteen Eighty-Two Kölsch graphics here:

For more information, go to

Contact: Emily Cummins
                Public Relations Manager
                Visit Bucks County

                215 639 0300 ext. 232



About Visit Bucks County

Visit Bucks County (VBC) is the official tourism promotion agency for Bucks County. The tourism office, with more than 1,450 tourism/hospitality partners throughout Bucks County, promotes all there is to see and do to potential visitors and residents. In addition to consumer travel, Visit Bucks County targets sports tournaments, motor coach groups, meetings, special events and weddings. For more information on VBC activities call 215-639-0300, visit or stop by the Bucks County Visitor Center located at 3207 Street Road in Bensalem (adjacent to the entrance to PARX Casino).

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