Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs
Location Hershey, Pennsylvania
Opened 1996
Owner(s) John Trogner and Chris Trogner
Active beers
Name Type
DreamWeaver Hefeweizen
Hopback Amber Ale
JavaHead Stout
LaGrave Triple Golden Ale
Troegenator Double Bock
Pale Ale Pale Ale
Perpetual IPA Imperial Pale Ale
Seasonal beers
Name Type
Blizzard of Hops (Winter 2014) White India Pale Ale
Cultivator (Spring 2014) Helles Bock
Dead Reckoning (Fall) Porter
Flying Mouflan (Spring) Barleywine
Hop Knife (Fall 2014) India Pale Ale
Impending Descent (Winter) Russian Imperial Stout
Mad Elf Ale (Holiday) Belgian strong ale
Master of Pumpkins (Fall) Pumpkin ale
Nugget Nectar (Winter) Imperial Amber Ale
Sunshine Pils (Summer) Pilsener

Tröegs is an American brewery located in Hershey, Pennsylvania (40°17.832′N 76°38.5812′W / 40.297200°N 76.6430200°W / 40.297200; -76.6430200). John and Chris Trogner founded the company in 1996. Tröegs is a craft-brewery, or microbrewery focusing their production on specialty and seasonal beers. Tröegs also is a limited distribution brewery, only distributing beer to states within proximity to maintain beer freshness.

History[edit]

Tröegs Brewery was founded in 1996 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, by brothers John (born 1972) and Chris Trogner (born 1973). The name Tröegs is a combination of a nickname derived from the surname Trogner and the Dutch word kroeg ("pub"). The brewery was originally located at 800 Paxton Street in Harrisburg. Their first keg was sold to a Harrisburg restaurant in July, 1997.

Tröegs began construction of their new brewery in 2010 and moved from Harrisburg to Hershey in fall 2011. Grand opening celebrations were held during November of that year. At approximately 90,000 square feet the new brewery is about three times the size of the original facility and includes a tap house (tasting room) with a full view of the brewhouse. The tap house bar serves beer by the glass and by the growler. While most of Tröeg's beers are available "to go" (as 4-packs, 6-packs, cases, or growlers), a few have been available for consumption only in the tap room.[1] The tap room also features an upscale "snack bar."

The Harrisburg location has been decommissioned.

Every year, Tröegs sponsors the Harrisburg Brewers Fest with proceeds benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Held every year along Locust and 3rd Streets in downtown Harrisburg, the festival features live music, food and beer samples from over 35 breweries.

Self-guided tours are available daily during regular business hours. Guided tasting tours are also available by appointment.

Beers[edit]

Tröegs currently has thirteen beers in regular production. These are split between year-round offerings and others produced on a regular seasonal rotation.

Beer Style Production ABV IBUs Color[2] Malts Hops Yeast Notes
Dead Reckoning Porter August - September 5.8% 53 30 Pilsner, Caramel, Roast, Black Vanguard, Chinook Ale ---
DreamWeaver Wheat Ale Year Round 4.8% 15 4 Pilsner, Vienna German Northern Brewer German Wheat 55% Wheat
Flying Mouflan Barleywine April 9.3% 100 24 Euro Pils, Vienna, Munich, Dark Crystal Warrior, Chinook, Simcoe, Whole leaf Nugget Ale Includes cane sugar. Introduced as Scratch #4 in 2007.
HopBack Amber Ale Year Round 6.0% 55 15 Pilsner, Munich, Crystal Cascade, Williamette, Nugget, Crystal Ale A hopback is a vessel through which beer passes en route from the brew kettle on the hot side of the brewery to the fermenter on the cold side
JavaHead Stout Year Round 7.5% 60 40 Pilsner, Crystal, Chocolate, Roast Cluster, Chinook, Cascade Ale contains oats and a blend of roasted espresso and Kenyan coffee beans
LaGrave Triple golden ale Year Round 8.0% 31 6 Pilsner German Northern Brewer Abbey ale contains cane sugar. Tröegs' first corked-and-caged release
Mad Elf Ale October - December 11.0% 15 14 Pilsner, Munich, Chocolate Saaz, Hallertau Spicy Belgian contains honey, sweet and sour cherries
Master of Pumpkins --- October 7.5% 30 24.5 Pilsner, Munich, Special B German northern brewer French saison brewed with locally grown neck pumpkins
Nugget Nectar Ale February-March 7.5% 93 9 Pilsner, Vienna, Munich Nugget, Warrior, Tomahawk, Simcoe, Palisade Ale ---
Pale Ale Pale Ale Year Round 5.4% 45 9 Pilsner, Munich, Crystal Amarillo, Cascade Ale ---
Perpetual IPA Year Round 7.5% 85 6 Pilsner, Crystal, Munich Bravo, Chinook, Mt. Hood, Nugget,Citra, Cascade Ale ---
Sunshine Pils Pils April - August 4.5% 45 2 Pilsner, Crystal Saaz, Hallertau Mitt. Lager ---
Troegenator Double Bock Year Round 8.2% 25 18 Pilsner, Munich, Chocolate Magnum, German Northern Brewer Lager ---

"Scratch" beers[edit]

Tröegs also produces "Scratch" beers, an experimental series focusing on new techniques and non-traditional ingredients. These are available on a limited basis (often for only a few days or weeks) and have included weizenbocks, lagers, and barleywines, as well as barrel-aged beers. As of April 2014 over 135 beers have been offered as part of the Scratch Beer Series. Several later entered regular production.[3]

Cork and caged beers[edit]

In fall 2013 Tröegs introduced its first cork and caged beers. As of November 2013 two cork and caged beers have been produced: LaGrave, a triple golden ale, and Master of Pumpkins, made with saison yeast and roasted pumpkin. LaGrave has been slated for year-round production and Master of Pumpkins for seasonal. [4]

"Splinter" beers[edit]

The "Splinter" series of beers are barrel-aged and produced on a very limited basis.

Canned beers[edit]

In late 2013 Tröegs began limited production of canned beers. Previously, Tröegs had only distributed its beer in kegs and glass bottles. As of December 2013, Perpetual IPA and Troegenator Double Bock have been made available in cans (12-ounce and 16-ounce cans, respectively).

Awards[edit]

Year Award Presented by Category[5] Winning beer
2004 The Best Beer I had in 2004 writer Lew Bryson[6] --- Troegenator
2006 Silver medal Great American Beer Festival[7] --- Troegenator
2006 Bronze medal World Beer Cup[8] --- Troegenator
2006 Best local beer Philadelphia Magazine's Best of Philly[9] --- HopBack
2007 Gold medal Great American Beer Festival[10] --- Troegenator
2008 Bronze medal World Beer Cup[11] German Style Pils Sunshine Pils
2008 Bronze medal Great American Beer Festival[12] Barleywine Flying Mouflan
2008 Bronze medal Great American Beer Festival American Stout Dead Reckoning
2008 Rated #1 Joe Sixpack's Christmas Beer: The Cheeriest, Tastiest, and Most Unusual Holiday Brews[13] Christmas beer Mad Elf
2009 Gold medal Great American Beer Festival[14] Bock Category Troegenator
2009 Silver medal Great American Beer Festival American Stout Dead Reckoning
2009 Bronze medal Great American Beer Festival German style Pilsner Sunshine Pils
2009 1st place Washington Post's Beer Madness[15] --- HopBack
2010 Gold medal World Beer Cup[16] German style Bock Troegenator
2010 Gold medal Great American Beer Festival[17] Barleywine Flying Mouflan
2010 Silver medal Great American Beer Festival American Red Ale HopBack
2010 Silver medal Great American Beer Festival Bock Category Troegenator
2010 Round one winner Washington Post's Beer Madness --- HopBack
2011 Gold medal Great American Beer Festival[18] Bock Category Troegenator
2011 Silver medal Great American Beer Festival German-Style Pilsener Sunshine Pils
2011 Silver medal Great American Beer Festival --- Sunshine Pils
2011 The Fifty Best Beers The Fifty Best[19] --- Nugget Nectar
2012 Gold medal Great American Beer Festival[20] German-Style Pilsener Sunshine Pils
2012 Gold medal Great American Beer Festival American-style Amber/Red Ale - HopBack
2012 Gold medal Great American Beer Festival South German-Style Hefeweizen DreamWeaver
2012 Bronze medal World Beer Cup[21] German style Bock Troegenator
2012 Mid-Size Brewing Company and Brewer of the Year Great American Beer Festival --- [22]
2012 1st Place 18th Annual United States Beer Tasting Championship (Mid-Atlantic/Southern Region)[23] Amber/Red Ale HopBack
2013 Best Lager Best of the Philly Beer Scene[24] Lager Sunshine Pils
2013 Best Wheat Beer Best of the Philly Beer Scene Wheat Beer DreamWeaver
2013 Best IPA/Pale Ale Best of the Philly Beer Scene IPA/Pale Ale Perpetual IPA
2013 Best Seasonal Beer Best of the Philly Beer Scene Seasonal Beer Nugget Nectar
2013 Philly Tap Finder Award Best of the Philly Beer Scene Most Searches, Local Beer Nugget Nectar
2013 Sales Rep of the Year Best of the Philly Beer Scene --- Nick Johnson
2013 1st Place Philadelphia Inquirer “Brew-Vitational”[25] Pilsner Sunshine Pils
2013 Gold medal Great American Beer Festival[26] Bock Troegenator
2013 Bronze medal Great American Beer Festival[27] German-Style Pilsener Sunshine pils

Tröegs distribution states[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.troegs.com/home/news_archive.aspx#TB_inline?height=300&width=400&inlineId=ctl00_MainContent_News_ctl13_content
  2. ^ SRM values are approximate and are intended to represent relative values rather than precise measurements
  3. ^ http://www.troegs.com/our_brews/scratch_beer_series.aspx
  4. ^ http://www.troegs.com/default.aspx
  5. ^ Spellings shown here are those used by award presenters or sponsors--variant spellings may refer to similar or identical styles of beers (e.g. pils, pilsner, pilsener).
  6. ^ http://lewbryson.blogspot.com
  7. ^ http://www.greatamericanbeerfestival.com/wp-content/themes/2011/assets/uploads/gabf06_winners.pdf
  8. ^ http://www.worldbeercup.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/2006_winners.pdf
  9. ^ http://www.phillymag.com/articles/best-of-philly-food-drink-2006/
  10. ^ http://www.greatamericanbeerfestival.com/wp-content/themes/2011/assets/uploads/gabf07_winners.pdf
  11. ^ http://www.worldbeercup.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/2008_winners.pdf
  12. ^ http://www.greatamericanbeerfestival.com/wp-content/themes/2011/assets/uploads/gabf08_winners.pdf
  13. ^ http://www.joesixpack.net/Beerguide.htm
  14. ^ http://www.greatamericanbeerfestival.com/wp-content/themes/2011/assets/uploads/gabf09_winners.pdf
  15. ^ http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2009-04-01/news/36837759_1_pale-ale-munich-malt-beer-madness
  16. ^ http://www.worldbeercup.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/2010_winners.pdf
  17. ^ http://www.greatamericanbeerfestival.com/wp-content/themes/2011/assets/uploads/gabf10_winners.pdf
  18. ^ http://www.greatamericanbeerfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/gabf11_winners.pdf
  19. ^ http://www.thefiftybest.com
  20. ^ http://www.greatamericanbeerfestival.com/the-competition/winners/
  21. ^ http://www.worldbeercup.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/WBC12-Winners-List1.pdf
  22. ^ http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2012/10/troegs_brewing_co_wins_nationa.html
  23. ^ http://usbtc.com/attachments/File/USBTC_Summer_2012_Results_4.pdf
  24. ^ http://www.phillybeerscene.com/2013/05/2013-best-of-winners/
  25. ^ http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/inthemix/The-Inquirer-Brewvitational-Playlist-Its-a-Drinkin-Thing.html
  26. ^ http://www.greatamericanbeerfestival.com/the-competition/winners/
  27. ^ http://www.greatamericanbeerfestival.com/the-competition/winners/

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