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Clarion River Brewing Company: Hearty Brews and Great Food in the heart of Clarion

The Clarion River Brewing Company is an excellent microbrewery and restaurant with an relaxing environment. Located right in the heart of Clarion, it is great to see a new venture like this get built within two old storefronts. The workers take great pride in their work, and for good reason; their brewery and restaurant is already one of the best in the state.
In addition to their in-house brews, they also have spirits from nearby Blackbird Distilling, Foxburg Wine Cellars, and others. They often have live music acts play at the restaurant.
Their brews are smooth and not overly hoppy. Every brew had a smooth taste, with hops used in a manner that complements flavor instead of dominating t.
Some of the brewery's offerings are named with local history in mind. Leatherwood, Iron Furnace, and 1841 allude to the history of the area. Leatherwood references the Anti-Horsethief Association, an organization that is based right in Clarion and grew into a national force. The association's membership fee remains at one dollar, and General and President Eisenhower was a member of the group. The Leatherwood beer also happens to be one of the heartiest brews that they make at the restaurant.
Iron Furnace, named after the area's heritage in early iron making, is an American Pale Ale that has a decent amount of hops, but it is balanced out with the general flavor of the beer. 1841 commemorates the incorporation of the borough of Clarion, and is an American Cream Ale with a well balanced amount of malt and hops. The Clarion River, Doc's Choice, and other brews were all very good as well. Expect a Lager to hit the taps shortly. From our preview of it, this is an absolutely excellent brew. Expect to see it out soon. 
The appetizer we had, spinach and artichoke dip with crab topping and pita bread, was absolutely delectable. It was perfect, especially coupled with CRBC's brews.
Our dinners! Mine was lemon dill salmon with garlic mashed potatoes and brocollini. What is brocollini you may ask? It is a delicious natural cross between broccoli and asparagus. Brit had shrimp pasta, with asparagus, and sundried tomatoes, in addition to their house salad, with a delicious balsamic dressing, and crusty French bread. 
Dessert time! The limoncello marscapone cake was excellent! 
Now we take a tour of their humble brewing operation. They have a number of brews going at any given time, and they are working on their brand new lager right now, which is set to be released soon. It is clear that they take great pride in their operation. They are pretty new to the game, and have already set themselves ahead of the bulk of PA's microbrewing scene. 
A tank and the kegs waiting to be filled.
The shiny new mashing machine.
Some brews awaiting your palate. 
Clarion River Brewing Company receives our highest recommendation. Both their brews and food are top notch and amongst the best in the state. 

CRBC is worth going out of your way for a visit, but should be even more of a destination due to how nice the surrounding area is. Deer Creek Winery and their Inn, is located nearby, and Cook Forest State Park, one of the finest stands of old growth forest in the country, is located nearby as well. 

For more information, check out their website at http://clarionriverbrew.com
Clarion River Brewing and the PA Great Outdoors Region Visitors Bureau hosted us and we have shared our candid thoughts and opinions about this place.

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