Bellefonte’s Big Spring was awarded the “best tasting water in the state” by the Pennsylvania Rural Water Association. One of Coca Cola’s Dasani water divisions is sourced from Bellefonte’s Big Spring — it’s that good.
Start out at Cool Beans for a hot cup of joe and a breakfast roll or bagel — you’ll need the energy to shop!
Then cross the street to Plaza Centre for three floors of antiques in an old theater building.
Around the corner from the park are two excellent stops for when you get thirsty: Big Spring Spirits, in the old matchstick factory building complex, and Good Intent Cidery!
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In fact, Bellefonte’s big spring and its excellent water — as good as or better than Kentucky’s limestone filtered water — made Bellefonte the perfect location for Big Spring Spirits. This boutique distillery offers a variety of gin, vodka, whiskey, and rum.
One of the most intriguing tastings offered by Big Springs is tasting a white whiskey product next to the same product with some age. Many brown whiskey drinkers are unfamiliar with the process and this comparison is enlightening as to the impact of oak and time. Much of what brown whiskey drinkers enjoy most about the darker whiskeys are also present in the white whiskeys, but younger and less developed. Learn where the flavors of vanilla, baking spices and fruits start and how they mature.
Know before you go: For more information about the Central PA Tasting Trail, check out http://www.visitpennstate.org/eat/central-pa-tasting-trail/
Getting there: 198 March Factory Place, Bellefonte, PA 16823
Hours: Contact Big Spring Spirits to ensure they’re open.