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Guest Post: Tröegs Brewing Company – Hershey, PA

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Last Saturday, I had the opportunity to join The Beer Circle as we embarked on the Eastern PA Brewery Tour. I got to visit a few new places, but also visit one of my regular stops: Tröegs Brewing Company. Unfortunately, the visit was abruptly put in the dark when the power went out. So, in my guest article, I hope to “shed some light” on how a typical visit is to Tröegs’ new Hershey, PA location.

Tröegs' new Hershey, PA Location

Tröegs' new Hershey, PA Location

When driving down Hersheypark Drive, it’s easy to become distracted by Hershey’s other attractions – such as Hersheypark – and miss the entrance. It’s nestled past the outlets in a stand-alone factory. Chris and John Trogner, founders of Tröegs noted that this was a unique find as many similar buildings they considered were nestled in industrial parks – certainly a less appealing location for a brewery. When you first enter, your nose is rewarded with the scent of hops wafting from the tasting room. A large mural of their trademark seasonal Nugget Nectar adorns the wall of the entryway. From there, you can either stop at the gift shop, or as most people do, head straight into the tasting room.

Entryway Mural

Entryway Mural

For those of you who ever visited their original tasting room, I compare it to a crowded Subway restaurant. Thankfully, this new tasting room is many times bigger. The furniture is all wooden: A spacious bar, tables high and low, booths, and a central long table are reminiscent of a Hofbräuhaus one might find in Germany. Behind the bar are brew kettles for both their year-round and scratch series. You can get your first drink at the bar and either soak in the atmosphere, or take it with you on the self-guided tour.

The New Tasting Room

The New Tasting Room

The self-guided tour allows visitors to walk along the brewing process and see all the action from behind plexiglass. At the Harrisburg location, tours could only occur on Saturdays, as the production line had to be shut down. Now you can see your favorite brew getting bottled as you sip it a few feet away. Signs etched in the glass give you some amazing facts such as how many pints a fermentation tank yields (more than I’ll drink in my lifetime!). The tour path includes fermentation tanks, the lab, the kegging and bottling lines, and aging barrels. The Trogners have yet to formally announce what they will do with these barrels. All I know is whatever comes out, it will be delicious. Now that they’ve spent the first six months getting settled into the new space, the tasting tours have begun. I have yet to go on one myself, but I plan to in the near future. The tasting tour gives you access to other areas not accessible to the self-guided tour, some samples, and a souvenir glass. For the $5, I would highly recommend checking it out.

Bottling In Progress

Bottling In Progress

After you’ve had your fill of tours, the route ends by connecting to the gift shop. Not only are there some good Tröegs paraphernalia, but there are cases and six-packs for sale. What Tröegs loyalists like myself come for are the most recent scratch series beers (when they’re bottled). These are test batches only sold directly from the brewery. If you live locally, they’re great beer swap material.

Tröegs Scratch #55 - DIPA (This is great.)

Tröegs Scratch #55 - DIPA (This is great.)

If you end up in Hershey or the surrounding area this summer, make sure to check out this brewery. They’ve recently added some light food options such as sandwiches and pretzels. I’m also certain they’ll experiment with the porch out front as it gets warmer. Move aside Hersheypark – there’s a new attraction in town.

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Written by Kenton Martin

Kenton is a Southeast PA native who began diversifying his beer tastes alongside many of The Beer Circle writers at Zeno’s beerfests in State College, PA. He continues to live in the area and is an avid follower of the local microbreweries – going so far as to try his hand at brewing himself. Initial results have been very successful. Find Kenton Martin on Google Plus

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5 Responses to "Guest Post: Tröegs Brewing Company – Hershey, PA"

  1. thebeercircle says:

    Thanks for including my car in the parking lot photo. Great review

    -Jeff

  2. […] Brewing Company, at least for people who have the privilege of living nearby (looking at you, Kenton Martin), is their collection of Scratch beers.  Tröegs’ Scratch beer collection is a series of […]

  3. Beer Snob says:

    Will be out towards Gettysburg in a few weeks. Hoping for a chance to get up to Troegs.

    1. RusswBeck says:

      Make sure you have the correct address! The new brewery is outstanding, you won’t be disappointed.

  4. […] by here on a previous beer tour (and even got to witness the power going out), and Kenton wrote a guest piece on the brewery some time ago – but this is the first time any of the gang had taken the full […]

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