Tröegs Independent Brewing Looks Toward the Fall with Release Lucky Holler Hazy IPA

Tröegs Independent Brewing (Hershey, Pennsylvania) has officially announced that it will begin the Seasonal Release of Lucky Holler Hazy IPA in August 2020.

Arriving as the latest release in the brewery’s Hop Cycle line-up of seasonally rotating IPAs and heavily “inspired by the brewery’s annual pilgrimage to the Pacific Northwest for hop selection,” Lucky Holler is a Hazy/Juicy India Pale Ale that “[explores] the intersection of Simcoe, Citra and the Australian hop Galaxy.” This carefully selected combination of hops “delivers bright waves of ripe pineapple and tropical gummies on the nose, layered with notes of juicy citrus and ripe passionfruit.” Coming in at 6.8% ABV, Lucky Holler is “a hazy, hoppy harvest ale that’s so good you’ll wanna holler!”

“We go to Yakima to select hops for the beers that everybody knows and loves,” says Tröegs brewmaster and cofounding brother John Trogner. “Beers like Perpetual IPA, Nimble Giant and Nugget Nectar. And we’re also open to discovering new hops or combinations that might inspire us, an ‘a-ha’ moment where a new recipe starts taking shape.”

Lucky Holler is rolling out now and will be available throughout the months of fall. You can expect to find this new Seasonal Release available in 12 oz. cans, 12 oz bottles and on draft at craft beer-focused establishments located within Tröegs Independent Brewing’s full distribution footprint. Prost!

Vital Information for Lucky Holler from Tröegs Independent Brewing

Release – Seasonal/Hop Cycle Series; Late Summer – Fall 2020
Style – Hazy/Juicy India Pale Ale
ABV – 6.8%
Hops – Citra, Galaxy & Simcoe
Malts – Malted Oats, Pale, Unmalted Wheat & White Wheat
Yeast – London 3
Availability – 12 oz. cans, 12 oz. bottles & draft
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We taste: Lucky Holler Hazy IPA from Tröegs Independent Brewing on Vimeo.

Tröegs Independent Brewing Welcomes Back Nimble Giant DIPA

Tröegs Independent Brewing (Hershey, Pennsylvania) has officially announced that it will begin the Annual Release of its fan-favorite Nimble Giant Double IPA in early June 2020.

The cumulative result of Tröegs Independent Brewing’s “first experiments with Mosaic hops” in its small-batch Scratch Series, Nimble Giant is a Double India Pale Ale that showcases Mosaic alongside Simcoe and Azacca hops. Coming in at 9% ABV and 69 IBUs, Nimble Giant “gracefully boasts grapefruit rind, pineapple and honeysuckle notes with a hint of earthy forest floor. Behold the wonder!”

Nimble Giant is rolling out now in Central Pennsylvania, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, and full distribution is scheduled to follow in the later weeks of June 2020. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located within Tröegs Independent Brewing’s full distribution footprint for as long as supplies last. Prost!

Vital Information for Nimble Giant from Tröegs Independent Brewing

Release – Limited/Once a Year Series; June 2020
Style – Double/Imperial India Pale Ale
ABV – 9%
IBUs – 69
Featured Hops – Mosaic, Simcoe & Azacca
Malt – Pilsner & Vienna
Yeast – House Ale
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
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We Taste: Nimble Giant Double IPA from Tröegs Independent Brewing on Vimeo

Tröegs Independent Brewing Introduces Haze Charmer Hazy Pale Ale as Newest Year-Round

haze-chamer-canTröegs Independent Brewing (Hershey, Pennsylvania) has officially announced that Haze Charmer Hazy Pale Ale is rolling out now as the brewery’s first new Year-Round offering in four years.

The result of six months of research and development on Tröegs’ small-batch Scratch Brewhouse, Haze Charmer is a Hazy/Juicy Pale Ale that “features a soft and hazy base thanks to a combination of pale malt, malted wheat, raw wheat, oats and honey malt.”  A “vigorous” dry-hopping with Citra, Lotus and El Dorado hops “adds a second phase of haze” while offering “notes of juicy pineapple, fresh grapefruit, candied peach and a hint of white pine.”  Coming in at just 5.5% ABV, Haze Charmer is “a soft and sessionable beer that is big on hop flavor and low on bitterness.”

“It’s been a fun ride perfecting this recipe,” says Brewmaster John Trogner. “More than ever before, we dialed in to the relationship between fermentation and the hop combination and how a yeast strain can fundamentally change the way you smell hops. It’s not just about the hops you choose. It’s more about the total picture, the overall relationship among ingredients. As we tasted an early pilot batch and started to see the dynamics of that relationship, a lightbulb went on. It’s like finding a new color of the rainbow.”

Haze Charmer is available now in Pennsylvania and is scheduled to enter full distribution in mid-March 2020.  You can expect to find this new Year-Round offering available in 12 oz. cans, 12 oz. bottles and on draft at craft beer-focused establishments located in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and Washington, D.C.  Prost!

Vital Information for Haze Charmer from Tröegs Independent Brewing

Release – Year-Round; launching late February 2020
Style – Hazy/Juicy Pale Ale
ABV – 5.5%
Hops – Citra, El Dorado, Lotus & Mosaic
Malts – Honey Malt, Malted Wheat, Oats, Pale Malt & Unmalted Wheat
Yeast – London 3
Fun Fact – “For the label art, Tröegs once again partnered with Philadelphia’s Lindsey Tweed. Tweed’s astronomy-meets-magic illustration captures the art and science of recipe development, and the importance of the timing of hop additions is captured in the hop phases arcing across the label.
‘The hop phases reveal a bewitched hop hidden in the dark side,’ says Tweed. ‘And below drips an all-seeing eye. I reached for my Ouija board for inspiration on the woodcut-style type.'”
Availability – 12 oz. cans, 12 oz. bottles & draft
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TBBW: Bring on the Funk! A Celebration of American Wild Ales at Independent Bar

Indie_Welcome_1_400x400On Thursday, March 9 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., The Independent Bar and Cafe – Tampa (5016 N Florida Ave, Tampa, Florida) will host Bring on the Funk!, a Tampa Bay Beer Week celebration of American Wild Ales featuring Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project (Denver, Colorado), Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales (Dexter, Michigan) and Jester King Brewery (Austin, Texas).

To make their mark on Tampa Bay Beer Week (TBBW), The Independent Bar and Cafe – Tampa will Bring on the Funk! on March 9 by venturing into the amazing world of American Wild/Sour Ales.  Attendees of this event will experience a ridiculously awesome lineup of brews from three award-winning and incredibly respected brewers of Wild Ales: Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project, Jester King Brewery and Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales. Featured beers to be flowing at this event are as follows:

Featured Beers Pouring on Draft

  • Crooked Stave Petite Sour Blueberry
  • Crooked Stave L’Brett D’Apricot
  • Crooked Stave Persica
  • Crooked Stave St. Bretta
  • Jolly Pumpkin Gratzer
  • Jolly Pumpkin Bam Biere
  • Jolly Pumpkin La Roja du Kriek

Featured Beers Pouring from Bottles

During this event, the Independent will be offering sample size pours of both the draft and bottled Wild Ales of the night.  As an added bonus, representatives from each brewery will be on hand to hang out, raise a glass, and talk to you about the beer in your hand.

In all honesty, you are going to be hard-pressed to find this many world-class Wild/Sour Ales pouring at one event again.  Take advantage of this open invitation (this event does not require a ticket), free up your calendar on Thursday, and head over to the Independent to take part in this can’t-miss TBBW event.  Prost!

Click here to check out all of the events taking place at Independent Bar and Cafe – Tampa during Tampa Bay Beer Week


Tasting Notes: Hoppelbock from Heavy Seas Beer & Tröegs Brewing

Heavy-Seas-Partnerships-HoppelbockTasting Notes doubles down this week by taking a look at the Partner Ships Hoppelbock collaboration from Heavy Seas Beer (Baltimore, Maryland) and Tröegs Independent Brewing (Hershey, Pennsylvania).

Hoppelbock was created by brewers from both Heavy Seas and Tröegs Brewing as part of the Partner Ships Series, a lineup of limited releases from Heavy Seas that is “produced in collaboration with other regionally and nationally recognized brewers in the spirit of friendship, creativity, and adventure.” This 8% ABV twist on the Doppelbock style gets its malty foundation thanks to a “large percentage of locally sourced malt from Deer Creek Malthouse in Pennsylvania” and a hoppy counterbalance by way of five German hop varieties (Hallertau Mittlefrue, Opal, Perle, Magnum and Herkules hops).  A limited amount of Hoppelbock was officially released in May, but 22 oz. bottles may still be hanging around out there at craft beer-friendly establishments within the Heavy Seas distribution area.  Now that we covered the background on this beer, let’s pour this bomber and get familiar with Hoppelbock in some Tasting Notes!

Tasting Notes for Partner Ships Hoppelbock from Heavy Seas Beer & Tröegs Independent Brewing

Appearance: Hoppelbock pours up a burnt orange to rich caramel brown in appearance.  Held to direct light, lighter brown, shimmering orange and deep garnet hues push through.  This glowing body is crystal clear and shows off a lazy carbonation level meandering within.  The pour got me two fingers of bubbly, off-white to light tan colored foam.  Head retention is decent, eventually falling to a much tighter and chunkier half finger that has some real lasting ability.  Lacing is minimal, as most wisps of foam glide quickly back down the glass to rest once again in that top cap.  The look of this beer is both beautiful and imposing.

Aroma: The malty goodness you want from a Doppelbock absolutely billows from the glass. A biscuity and caramel sweetness leads the grains to have some serious size in the aromatic profile, but an assertive hop presence resides within.  Spicy hops and a light dark fruit character complements the malt nuances with ease, and a floral note stands tall to declare the “Hoppel” portion of this Bock.

Taste: The balance is on point with this beer.  There is a delightful dance of push and pull between the malty backbone and the hoppy accents.  Like in the aroma, the malts lay down a wonderfully sweet foundation of caramel and bready qualities.  The hops then come forth with some black pepper spice that shifts into graceful floral and nondescript fruity notes.  Although it may sound simple to some, this harmonious flavor profile is a lot to take in and a joy to explore.

Mouthfeel:  This is a medium to full bodied lager that bears a nice weight to it.  On the palate, it has a velvety, silken texture that is a touch creamy as well.  At 8% ABV, the alcohol has a bit of heat to it but it is more than reasonable.  The carbonation level falls in the middle of the road, keeping the beer somewhat easy drinking while still allowing it to have some heft.  Aftertaste is full of those wonderful malt tones and some lingering floral notes.

Final Thoughts: Just as the name suggests, Hoppelbock is a wonderfully duplicitous brew by providing its drinker with the best of both worlds: It has all the malts you expect and crave from a German Doppelbock, and the assertiveness you want from American-made hoppy brews.  This beer is a constant give and take that takes its time to show each and every malty and hoppy note within.  Some may want or expect a bit more in-your-face dynamics from this beer, and to them I would suggest that they slow down and truly allow the senses to drink in all aspects of this offering.  In doing so, the craftsmanship employed to create this brew’s fine level of balance will not go unnoticed.  Sip, savor and revel in this wonderful, American take on the Doppelbock style by two great breweries.  Prost!