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Look at the craft alcohol scene in Berks

Brewers, winemakers and distillers discuss the growth, appeal and challenges of the industry. In Berks County, those who craft alcohol beverages – brewers, winemakers and distillers – are on the forefront of a growing market.

Foundations: Ridgewood Winery features spirits along the Schuylkill

The house sits on a small rise above the Schuylkill River, innocuous and harmless looking. It is a high style Federal mansion with beautiful, museum-quality woodwork and gracious high-ceilinged rooms.

Floor Plans: The historic farmhouse

When Bill Smith decided to take his award-wining amateur wines to the next level, his wife, Tracy, agreed to join him in a commercial winery. But she laid down three rules for the business site.”I told Bill, ‘One: Not in our house.