Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs
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Tröegs Brewing Company
Location Hershey, Pennsylvania
Opened 1996
Annual production volume 44,000 US beer barrels (52,000 hL) (2012)[1]
Owner(s) John Trogner and Chris Trogner
Active beers
Name Type
DreamWeaver Hefeweizen
Hopback Amber Ale
JavaHead Stout
LaGrave Triple Golden Ale
Jovial Belgian Dubbel Ale
Troegenator Double Bock
Solid Sender Pale Ale
Perpetual IPA Imperial Pale Ale
Seasonal beers
Name Type
Blizzard of Hops (Winter) White India Pale Ale
Cultivator (Spring) Helles Bock
Dead Reckoning (Fall) Porter
Flying Mouflan (Spring) Barleywine
Hop Knife (Fall) 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) Pilsner

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.[2] 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 sixteen beers in regular production. These are split between year-round, seasonal and once a year offerings.[3]

Name Style Production ABV IBUs Color[4] 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
Jovial Belgian Dubbel Ale Year Round 7.0% 13 Abbey, Chocolate, Munich, Pilsner Crystal, Magnum Abbey Ale Notes of dark stone fruit, toffee, chocolate and molasses
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 (Retired) 5.4% 45 9 Pilsner, Munich, Crystal Amarillo, Cascade Ale Retired in 2015 and replaced with Solid Sender 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 ---
Solid Sender American Pale Ale Year Round 5.2% 45 Crystal, Munich, Pilsner Cascade, Mosaic Ale ---
Hop Knife American IPA Seasonal 6.2% 87 Crystal, Pilsner, Vienna Cascade, Chinook, El Dorado Ale ---
Cultivator Helles Bock Helles Bock Seasonal 6.9% 25 Floor Malted Bohemian Pilsner Hersbrucker, Magnum Lager ---
Blizzard Of Hops Winter IPA Seasonal 6.4% 80 Pilsner, Unmalted Wheat, White Wheat
  • Centennial, Chinook, El Dorado
Ale ---

"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 January 2016, 222 beers have been offered as part of the Scratch Beer Series. Several later entered regular production.[5]

Cork and caged beers[edit]

In fall 2013 Tröegs introduced its first cork and caged beers. As of January 2016 three cork and caged beers have been produced: LaGrave, a Triple Golden Ale, Master of Pumpkins, made with saison yeast and roasted pumpkin and Jovial, a Belgian Dubbel Ale. LaGrave and Jovial are part of a year-round production, while Master of Pumpkins is seasonal.[6]

"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).

New Artwork[edit]

In late 2015, Tröegs revealed new artwork which would be featured on their beers and packaging. Chris and John Trogner collaborated with Philadelphia-based designer Lindsey Tweed to come up with the fresh new look. Along with the new artwork came a redesigned website and brand new merchandise.[7]

2016 Splinter Cellar Project[edit]

Slated for completion by May 2016 is the addition of three wooden fermenters standing more than 23 feet tall. These fermenters will feature a glass exterior on the northeast side of the brewery. This project called the splinter cellar will add space for wood aged beers, and also act as the new entrance for guided tours. Along with this project an outdoor courtyard and green-space will be constructed, with parking lot improvements being a long term goal. Working on this project are Dave Maule Architects and Pyramid Construction, who were both involved in the Hershey build four years ago.[8]

Awards[edit]

Year Award Presented by Category[9] Winning beer
2004 The Best Beer I had in 2004 writer Lew Bryson[10] --- Troegenator
2006 Silver medal Great American Beer Festival[11] --- Troegenator
2006 Bronze medal World Beer Cup[12] --- Troegenator
2006 Best local beer Philadelphia Magazine's Best of Philly[13] --- HopBack
2007 Gold medal Great American Beer Festival[14] Bock Troegenator
2008 Bronze medal World Beer Cup[15] German Style Pils Sunshine Pils
2008 Bronze medal Great American Beer Festival[16] 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[17] Christmas beer Mad Elf
2009 Gold medal Great American Beer Festival[18] 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[19] --- HopBack
2010 Gold medal World Beer Cup[20] German style Bock Troegenator
2010 Gold medal Great American Beer Festival[21] 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[22] 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[23] --- Nugget Nectar
2012 Gold medal Great American Beer Festival[24] 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[25] German style Bock Troegenator
2012 Mid-Size Brewing Company and Brewer of the Year Great American Beer Festival --- [26]
2012 1st Place 18th Annual United States Beer Tasting Championship (Mid-Atlantic/Southern Region)[27] Amber/Red Ale HopBack
2013 Best Lager Best of the Philly Beer Scene[28] 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”[29] Pilsner Sunshine Pils
2013 Gold medal Great American Beer Festival[30] Bock Troegenator
2013 Bronze medal Great American Beer Festival[31] German-Style Pilsener Sunshine pils

Tröegs distribution states[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Troegs Brewing Co. in Hershey ranks 50th on Brewers Association list, accessed 2015-10-19
  2. ^ http://www.troegs.com/home/news_archive.aspx#TB_inline?height=300&width=400&inlineId=ctl00_MainContent_News_ctl13_content
  3. ^ "Beer | Tröegs Independent Brewing". Tröegs Independent Brewing. Retrieved 2016-01-31. 
  4. ^ SRM values are approximate and are intended to represent relative values rather than precise measurements
  5. ^ http://www.troegs.com/our_brews/scratch_beer_series.aspx
  6. ^ http://www.troegs.com/default.aspx
  7. ^ "Art of Troegs - Brewer's Blog". Brewer's Blog. Retrieved 2016-01-31. 
  8. ^ "Brewery Update from Chris and John - Brewer's Blog". Brewer's Blog. Retrieved 2016-02-01. 
  9. ^ 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).
  10. ^ http://lewbryson.blogspot.com
  11. ^ http://www.greatamericanbeerfestival.com/wp-content/themes/2011/assets/uploads/gabf06_winners.pdf
  12. ^ http://www.worldbeercup.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/2006_winners.pdf
  13. ^ http://www.phillymag.com/articles/best-of-philly-food-drink-2006/
  14. ^ http://www.greatamericanbeerfestival.com/wp-content/themes/2011/assets/uploads/gabf07_winners.pdf
  15. ^ http://www.worldbeercup.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/2008_winners.pdf
  16. ^ http://www.greatamericanbeerfestival.com/wp-content/themes/2011/assets/uploads/gabf08_winners.pdf
  17. ^ http://www.joesixpack.net/Beerguide.htm
  18. ^ http://www.greatamericanbeerfestival.com/wp-content/themes/2011/assets/uploads/gabf09_winners.pdf
  19. ^ http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2009-04-01/news/36837759_1_pale-ale-munich-malt-beer-madness
  20. ^ http://www.worldbeercup.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/2010_winners.pdf
  21. ^ http://www.greatamericanbeerfestival.com/wp-content/themes/2011/assets/uploads/gabf10_winners.pdf
  22. ^ http://www.greatamericanbeerfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/gabf11_winners.pdf
  23. ^ http://www.thefiftybest.com
  24. ^ http://www.greatamericanbeerfestival.com/the-competition/winners/
  25. ^ http://www.worldbeercup.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/WBC12-Winners-List1.pdf
  26. ^ http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2012/10/troegs_brewing_co_wins_nationa.html
  27. ^ http://usbtc.com/attachments/File/USBTC_Summer_2012_Results_4.pdf
  28. ^ http://www.phillybeerscene.com/2013/05/2013-best-of-winners/
  29. ^ http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/inthemix/The-Inquirer-Brewvitational-Playlist-Its-a-Drinkin-Thing.html
  30. ^ http://www.greatamericanbeerfestival.com/the-competition/winners/
  31. ^ http://www.greatamericanbeerfestival.com/the-competition/winners/

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