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Tröegs Brewing Company
Active Beers: 43
Beer Ratings: 21,459
Beer Avg: 3.88
Taps: 13 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
200 East Hersheypark Dr
phone: (717) 534-1297
Thursday - sat 11am-10pm
They sell 22's, six packs (you can mix and match now), cases, growlers, pints, 1/2 pints, "year round" flights, and pick three flights.
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Return from ‘burgh weekend; a few hours in, a few hours to go. Sunday lunch play fitting the time of day and where we be along the way. Between Interstates but not hugging either one, geographically undesirably Hershey. Their sirens singing sweet songs luring us to amusement park rides...
So, in and past the self guided brewery tour that wraps around to the backside of the company store galore to the tasting room massive. And I mean massive. Blue gray wall to the rear and beige otherwise, with a few cool tarplike Troegs beer paintings. Concrete floorings, a single giant windmill from the ceiling, ductwork snaking ventilation from industrial sheeting, drop fluoro lamps hugging the ceiling & thimble lamps on the end.
A row of brewing equipment to the rear (mash kettle, lauter tun, hop back, wort kettle) platformed to the rear cut through, meaning they sit on the floor and the raised platform is fitted around them 2/3 of the way up. Fronting this, an ‘L’ shaped light wood topped bar with a shiny stainless steel base running the length, seating upwards of a dozen and a half on raised backed chairs. The barback is matching counter with 4 x 8 blackboards above on the ends listing tap selections ‘year round’ and ‘scratch/seasonals’, ABV’s & IBU’s. growler filling apparatus in between, with 2 litre swingtops to both sides, and logo handle 15 tap towers fronting. Shelved glassware & colorfully labeled sodas in coolers below.
Adjacent to the bar, a loooong row of 7 rectangular tables pushed together seating a collective 40 or so, and just behind there, 2 nooks with a shared bench and nearly a half dozen 2-seat tables. Around the other side of the near seating divider, a half dozen booths and 8 square tables in 2 rows up to the front windows, overlooking the shorty patio, and the goddamn rain rain rain. A row of 10 narrow picnic tables awned over out there, and 4 tables set vertically under umbrellas, those seated there getting wet backed, not in a good way.
On tap, 6 house standards (Hopback Amber, Troegenator Doublebock, Perpetual IPA, DreamWeaver Wheat, Troegs Pale Ale, Java Head Stout), and 4 in the scratch series (#71 Dim Wit, #73 Fest Lager, #74 American Brown Ale, #75 English IPA), and 3 seasonals (Sunshine Pils, Dead Reckoning Porter, Flying Mouflan Barleywine).
Having imbibed all the standards & seasonals before, I wanted to get at some of the Scratch series stuff for starters. Did a sampler of 3 of my choice (#71 Dim Wit, flowery, lavender, spiciness; #73 Fest Lager, nice maltiness, sweety; #74 American Brown Ale, nice hoppy adventure, big brown body, “and a shit storm of delicious”, adds Ben), and then another (Sunshine Pils, soft, spicy, love; Dead Reckoning Porter, wonderfully roasty, chocolate; #75 EIPA, grassy, nutty, earthy), and now a shorty of the Perpetual IPA (oh Mt. Hood hops, it’s been too long, that’s a mean IPA). The #73 Fest Lager, #74 American Brown Ale, & Dead Reckoning Porter were the best of ‘em.
Snack bar on the far end of the room. It’s really more of an open kitchen with a bar counter piece fronting. Order, pay, & go away. Get buzzed & return for pick up. Snacks, shares, soups, salads, sandwiches (we did, in fact), and sweets. Witz had the brisket sandwich (very good), Ben, the Lebanon bologna sandwich (delicious!), Evil Davo, the grilled cheese (good), and I took in the grilled cheese, as well (Amish cheddar, brie, & Colby cheeses) on a white buttery toast. Came with a roasted tomato dip, soup like. Ben revisited his opinion (as he often does) on the bologna sandwich asking for it to be noted that “it was beyond delicious, an outstanding bologna sandwich”.
It’s a massive industrial space, but it still seriously kicks the ass of the Saturday pretzel play tasting room they moved from. Comfortable enough room, good tunes today; Dylan & the Band. Shiny new facility with lots of room to do what they need do, and a barrel aging room, too (daaamn). Now, to navigate back to the Interstate, either one.
12-03-2012 16:05:20 |
More by slander
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Tröegs as a beer bar? Hard for me to wrap my head around it but they do have a full service bar. And clearly a BFG bought off on it, so here goes.
Atmosphere: Since the renovation, the tasting room and gift shop have become much more inviting. Immediately on entrance, the growler filling bar and pizza ovens are on the left. To the right, tall bar tables with stools and the regular bar. Tables line a walkway back to the gift shop/case sales area. Two coolers near the bar provide take-out bottles. The walls are adorned with Tröegs artwork, magazine clippings and GABF medals.
Quality: The service is good, if a little understaffed at times. Cleanliness is high, including the men's room. The stone-topped bar is a nice visual touch.
Service: The crew running the taps is efficient and very friendly. I've been called 'sir' there more times that I deserve. There is no table service though, order at the bar and pay at the bar.
Selection: The regular line-up is always on (hopback, troegenator, rugged trail, etc.). Seasonals include the greatest beer known to man, Nugget Nectar, and Mad Elf. In addition to the tap handles for pints, samplers and growlers, the coolers stock all bottled offerings (single bombers and 12 oz. six packs). If you're looking for cases, the gift shop sells bomber cases (12 bottles) and 12 oz cases (24 bottles). Another plus is the on-going Scratch series of one-off beers. Once they are gone, though, they're gone. An upcoming Splinter Series of barrel-aged brews is in process as well. It's hard to be disappointed. The only thing that bugs me is that a case of bombers runs $60 while a case of 12 oz bottles runs $40. Explain that one to me.
Food: Since remodeling the tasting room, they've added a limited menu. I've never eaten here though, so I'll stick with 'N/A'.
10-05-2009 23:56:27 |
More by akorsak
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
I was nearby at Ft Indiantown Gap in late January 2012 for a WWII Battle of the Bulge re-enactment. I had some free time while there and used it to swing by here a couple of times.
This brewery/pub is brand-spanking new. It is a huge complex, and you enter at the center of the structure. Once in you'll find the bar ahead and to the left a bit, along with a lot of space near left for meeting functions and socializing. Nearer to the bar are some booths and long, German-style tables and seating. The bar itself is about 100' long by 25' deep on the right end. Behind the bar are many brewkettles and lagertanks. To the right is a gift shop, plus more of the brewery, where you can walk through on a self-guided tour.
While there they offered about 5-6 biers, including a couple of their Scratch series. Prices were reasonable, without a doubt. You can get samplers, pints and growlers to go (plus many bottles in the gift shop).Service was top-shelf, friendly and as prompt as can be (the place was mobbed on a Friday eve). They have a small, limited food menu if hunger gets the better of you.
All in all, a very pleasant stop during a break from beating the Hun...
4.3/5 rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
04-04-2012 17:44:49 |
More by Bierman9
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Decided to stop in the new Troegs facility on my last trip to Al's/Pizza Boy. It's a nice atmosphere, with a quasi post-modern industrial feel, a bit sterile (it is pretty much brand new after all) and not at all intimate, but it's got a fun vibe to it. I'd imagine it's slamming during busy hours, and with a large bar and a massive area for sitting or standing, I'm sure they can accommodate. And with Hershey park about a quarter mile away, they're really in a premium zone. What's nice is the separate gift shop where they offer beer sales as well as all the merch you can imagine, from stickers to glassware to frisbees.
Troegs has always made good quality beer, so there's no problem there. As far as selection goes, it's basically their year rounds and whatever seasonal may be around. So there isn't a lot to choose from, but there's enough to keep you happy if you like their beer. Some brewpub exclusives would up the selection rating.
Service is fine, and everyone is generally in tune to the brewery's operations and the beer scene in general. It looks like they have sort of a snack bar set up, as far as food goes, and I didn't bother sampling anything.
Troegs is definitely worth stopping in if you're in the area, but it's not a place I'd regularly visit. Not that it's bad, but everything they offer on tap and in bottles is readily available at pretty much all my local hangouts. And with no brewpub exclusives or real food service, it's just not enough to justify my going out there regularly. Though I am looking forward to seeing what the Splinter release is going to be like.
04-06-2013 14:33:53 |
More by Rifugium
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I recently visited Troeg's after a short span away and was happy I returned. I was able to check out some new merchandise in the 'General Store' and take a leisurely stroll on the self-guided tour while sipping on a Troegenator. The first half of my visit was spent in the tasting room which provides a kind of view inside the workings of the brewery since you can watch as the brewers use the hop dosers and mash in while you enjoy a scratch beer. I like the long bar and beer hall table but I do feel like others that you still are basically enjoying craft beer in a warehouse setting. I feel the service is good and friendly, the only time I have waited for more than a minute or two was on a busy friday or scratch release day.
The food is interesting as I have seen it evolve from pretzels and snacks to a wide array of shared plates of cheese and sandwiches not to mention the option to 'float' your beer with vanilla ice cream. The offer snack foods like rosemary and brown butter popcorn as well as seasoned nuts and do offer non alcoholic beverages like soda and coffee from a local roaster if you are bringing a designated driver. I feel the value is very good and selection is great since you can get half a dozen flagships and a few seasonals or scratch beers at any given time and most in a force carbonated growler to go too. I recommend checking Troegs out since the beer quality is very good and the only real negative is the noise level and crowded bar area occasionally.
05-17-2012 16:17:04 |
More by Slatetank
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5 | $$
**Service has improved a bit, bumping it up .25**
I figure since I have visited this place about 100 times since they opened over a year ago it might be time to sit down and actually write up a review, my 50th place review to be exact.
The atmosphere is hard to describe. The space is huge with people sitting all over the place. The large bar area and the big beer hall table seem to be peoples favorites, with the outside seating area getting a lot of use in the warmer weather months. The walking tour is a really cool feature and the general store sells any and all things Troegs for people looking for some swag or to buy some beer to go, just be aware that the general store closes before the bar area does.
The service has been hit or miss since the day they opened. I used to have to wait a LONG time to get even the simplest of service but I have to say it has definitely improved over the last few months. The wait times have become shorter and they have finally hired some people who know what they are talking about...
The quality is top notch. The beers are, for the most part, world class and the food is all made with the highest grade ingredients. They use all the correct glasses and they have a counter pressure filler for growlers, however they will still fill screw tops off the taps.
The selection is what you would expect for a brewery. They have their six flagship, year round beers on at all times to go along with a few of the seasonal offerings. They usually have at least one scratch beer on, sometimes up to 3-4 depending on how fast they are selling / making them.
The snack bar is a new thing they have been doing for the last six or so months. They offer quite a few different things to eat, enough to satisfy most picky diners. I have tried about 2/3 of the menu now, altho it is ever changing, and it is all excellent. A few of my current favorites would include the large brewers pretzel, the pork confit tacos and the crispy pork belly. The prices at the snack bar are a little high for my taste but most of the items are worth it.
Overall a HUGE upgrade over the old harrisburg location and a welcome addition to the area. I look forward to visiting the brewery for many years to come.
10-23-2012 18:34:58 |
More by orangesol
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Took a trip out to Hershey Park and decided that I needed to stop in to see the new location since they moved from Harrisburg. The Place is much larger than the old facility very spacious and had self guided tours, a large bar area and a decent sized dining area as well. The place is a very clean and obviously very new looking. The greeter was awesome, he told us everything we needed to know about the place and made us feel very welcome there. The bartenders were very busy and not as attentive as they could have been. Took a little while just to get a couple beers. The food menu looked pretty good but we didn't order any. The selection was really nice there, all the regular year round brews including the summer seasonal and something like 8 scratch beers on tap as well. Overall it's a pretty ice place and if I ever find myself out in Hershey again I'll be sure to stop in and have a few more rounds.
07-20-2013 17:32:53 |
More by Knapp85
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I love the new Troegs location. There are always at least eight brews on tap, more depending on what the Scratch output is. Pricing is reasonable as well, with "pick three" flights for $5 getting you all of the stuff you haven't had before. Food looks amazing, though I've never tried it. The service is typically pretty good, but when the brewery is a madhouse, it can get a little difficult to get a beer. I love the atmosphere of the place too, with high ceilings in the tasting room and numerous different types of seating arrangements. We try to make it a monthly stop, just for the new Scratch releases.
08-11-2013 23:28:48 |
More by bigfnjoe
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 2.5 | $$$
Quality and Selection- Troegs is, by far, my favorite brewery. I have never had a bad or off beer from Troegs and I pretty much love everything they make. All the scratch beers I've tasted-their regular lineup, and their seasonals are exceptional. On tap at the brewpub they have all of their regular line-up, a seasonal or two and two or three scratch beers- which, of course are brewery/brewpub only. Last time I was their they had their scratch pumpkin ale on-which was AMAZING.
Atmosphere- I'm not sure what theme they were going with here- industrial brewery, german oktoberfest, or high school cafeteria- but the brewpub area is some cluster of a combination of the three. Totally packed with hundreds of people and the only seats remotely available were at the giant octoberfest/cafeteria like table for 100- you go wait in line cafeteria-style for food and you can either try your luck waiting at the bar for a drink or flag down a beer server to get drinks. Very loud and crowded. Its saving grace is that it is very clean, has a great brewery tour, and fantastic store.
Service- Like I said- the beer servers are nice and know their beer-but you have to flag them down and you have to go wait in line for food.
Food- Limited as it is a "snack bar"- with an atypical selection including salmon, tuna tacos, brautwurst, and duck. I had the Brat- it was ok, we had an $8 stuffed pretzel too.
Overall- I will obviously be back since this place is my favorite brewery ever- but probably in the early afternoon when its not so crowded and I don't plan on eating here ever again unless they make some changes.
01-08-2013 01:04:00 |
More by PittBeerGirl
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Reviewed from notes. Attended here on December 29th, 2011.
A/Q: The atmosphere was more than adequate with large beer tasting area as well as a fair amount of tables to sit down and eat your food and drink your beer. The bar was long enough to house several bachelor parties at once. The walls have a fair amount of Tröeg's artwork.
S: The service was good. With the amount of people that were there that day, the servers got me and my brother our sample beers within a good amount of time. There isn't any table service when I was there, but I didn't think that was a big deal.
S: The selection was more than adequate which pretty much had all of their regular beers on tap. The gift shop pretty much had anything you want known to beer-mankind.
F/V: I didn't eat any food since it was in the middle of the afternoon. I would definitely go back here when visiting my family. The prices were about right for the Southern PA area.
02-17-2012 01:37:35 |
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