WILLIAMSPORT / DUBOISTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA
Across the Susquehanna River four miles from Williamsport, Duboistown’s capacious cedar-planked green-trimmed Valley Inn added brew tanks in 2006 and now also operates as ABBEY WRIGHT BREWERY.
Visited April ’08, the rural saloon with octagon-shaped bar, windowed brew tanks, oak tables-chairs, billiard tables, and small stage area is connected to a beautiful banquet space with black walnut-hickory interior and gas hearth.
A certain grapefruit rind bittering, perfect for hop-heads, consumed lively apple-pear-peach-lacquered Alpha Deuce IPA, lemon-limed orange-peeled Mosquito Wheat, biscuit-y phenol-hopped Irish Red Ale, and washed-out apricot-led juniper-backed XPA Hoppy Ale.
Soapy berry-tart citric-soured Blackberry Wheat lagged and black cherry/red grape-fronted, walnut-faded Quaker Oatmeal Stout seemed too delicate. But milk-sweet, cappuccino-fronted, black chocolate-centered, bruised cherry-soured, hickory-charred, vanilla-beaned, peat-mossed Smokey Oak Scottish Ale ideally hit the spot.