We love the outdoors and we love beer.

At New Trail Brewing we encourage our friends and neighbors to spend more quality time outdoors experiencing the natural environment around us.

We love beer, and we believe great beer makes life’s experiences taste even better. That’s why we started New Trail Brewing Company, to make great beer for everyone to enjoy when you dare to explore new places, do new things, take new trails, and have truly memorable adventures.

We preserve the great outdoors and enhance the experience of getting out there. New Trail brewing company is committed to preserving the wild wonders of Pennsylvania. We connect with a wide range of people and organizations in our area dedicated to elevating the quality of, and access to, our region’s outdoor resources including local trails, PA Parks & Forests Foundation, PA Trail Dogs and more.

Our brewery culture seeks to facilitate meaningful relationships between our neighbors and our natural heritage. We feel there is a creative connection between nature and beer. That’s why we brew fresh, great tasting, locally made beer for people active in outdoor recreation, and why we strive to manage our beer making process to have the least impact on our resources. We want to help people get out in the natural universe. It’s good for them, for our community and for the outdoors. We hope you’ll join us.

Mike LaRosa - Owner / Brewer

Mike LaRosa began brewing with his father very early on after discovering a passion for full, flavorful beer. While at Albright College and inquiring to every local brewery about possible internship opportunities, he got an offer from Rock Bottom, located in King of Prussia, PA. Within months, Mike’s hard work and determination prompted his unpaid internship to transition into a paid Assistant Brewer position, under then-Head Brewer Brian McConnell. During their tenure at Rock Bottom, Mike and Brian won a Gold Medal at the Great American Beer Fest for Baltic Style Porter.

After college, he accepted the Head Brewer position for start-up Saucony Creek Craft Brewery. Mike left to support a handful of breweries in start-up and expansion phases, starting with Manayunk Brewing Company. Mike moved to Kane Brewing Company, in Ocean, NJ where he served as Head Brewer. He was a part of the company during a very interesting time for the development of a lot of their dark beer portfolio and most notably created the beer Sunday Brunch. From there, Mike joined Tired Hands Brewing Co. in Ardmore, PA, as both Production and Operations Manager. Mike was the first brewer for Tired Hands’ Fermentaria location, and was an integral part in developing and expanding the brewery operations.

Mike LaRosa - Owner / Brewer

During his time at all of these breweries he has accumulated a number of awards including RateBeer’s Best Brewer in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania for multiple years, other Gold Medals from both GABF and World Beer Cup, along with being a part of a team with a James Beard Award nomination. In an effort to stay connected to his passions of making great beer and helping companies grow, Mike founded MJL Brewery Consulting. MJL Brewery Consulting worked on the invention of New Trail, and has been an owner since our founding, where he continues to collect awards.


New Trail Brewing Co. was Founded

January, 2018

New Trail was founded in January of 2018, with a focus on a balanced portfolio including Hazy IPA, Pilsner, Amber Ale, Belgian Styles, and Stout. New Trail’s mission has always been to highlight the expansive beauties of the Greater North Central Pennsylvania region while producing top-quality beers and distributing them to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.


First Canned Beers

April, 2018

Our first canned beers went out to the market and our Tasting Room officially opened.  White Ale was the first beer brewed on our system, followed by Trail Ale, Lazy River Pils, SOB Hill American IPA, and Broken Heels Hazy IPA.


First Anniversary

April, 2019

We marked our first Anniversary with a party at the Tasting Room and the release of our Anniversary Triple IPA – First Orbit.  We finished our first year with 32,000 cases of beer produced!

Some of us missed this party, because we sponsored our first Hyner View Trail Challenge the same day!


Broken Heels

September, 2019

Broken Heels becomes our first year-round Hazy IPA.  No longer would Broken Heels be on shelves occasionally, PA made it clear that they wanted this beer all the time.


Gold Medal Award

October, 2019

Lazy River Pils was recognized with a Gold Medal in Contemporary Pilsner at Great American Beer Festival.

View our full list of Beer Awards.


Second Orbit

April, 2020

We completed our second trip around the sun with 90,000 cases of beer produced!


Statewide Distribution

May, 2020

We officially completed our Statewide distribution footprint, bringing our vision to all Pennsylvanians!

Third Orbit

April, 2021

3 Years and 180,000 cases of beer later, we celebrated our birthday with another Triple IPA and a party!

Double Broken Heels

September, 2021

After plenty of fans demanded its return, Double Broken Heels joins the Essentials lineup.  Now you can find this Hazy Double IPA all day, everyday in 16oz 4-packs and 19.2oz single cans!


PA Parks and Forests Foundation Partnership

July, 2021

New Trail partners with The PA Parks & Forests Foundation on The New Trail State Park Series – A series of beers named after Parks & Forests around our great state with a portion of proceeds benefiting the named park or its Friends Group. Pennsylvania Parks & Forests Foundation is the official nonprofit organization speaking for our 121 State Parks and 2.2 million acres of forested land.  The PPFF includes 49 ‘Friends Groups’ and counting.  These volunteer chapters are specifically formed to care for their local parks and forests.  The goal is to conserve our natural resources, enhance recreational areas, and educate visitors.

Hoppy Variety Pack

January, 2022

The Hoppy Variety Pack hits the shelves! Packed with the favorites – Broken Heels and Double Broken Heels, plus the newest Gear Head Hazy Pale Ale, and an Experimental & Rotating Modern West Coast IPA

May, 2022

Our logo brought home the Platinum Crushie for Best Logo Design in The Americas.

We also brought home a very special Craft Beer Marketing Awards Gold Crushie in the ‘Beer Series’ category for our PA State Park Series!

View our full list of Beer Awards.

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