Tröegs Independent Brewing Goes Year-Round with Grand Cacao Chocolate Stout

Tröegs Independent Brewing (Hershey, Pennsylvania) has officially announced that Grand Cacao Chocolate Stout will join the brewery’s Year-Round portfolio in early February 2021.

Dropping just in time to add some chocolate decadence to your Valentine’s Day plans, Grand Cacao is a Milk/Sweet Stout “built on a foundation of rich chocolate malt, caramel malt and roasted barley” and then “[cold-steeped] on Peruvian cacao nibs and natural vanilla [to double down] on the smooth symphony of chocolate . . . [while] a splash of milk sugar delivers a velvety sweet and creamy finish.” Coming in at 6.5% ABV, Grand Cacao “boasts flavors of milk chocolate, roasty grain and hints of sweet cream.”

“You’ve had stouts with chocolate notes,” says Tröegs Brewing Manager, Tim Mayhew. “The way these ingredients come together, this tastes more like chocolate with stout notes.”

Grand Cacao is available now in 12 oz. bottles and on draft. You can expect to find this new Year-Round at craft beer-focused establishments located in Pennsylvania and throughout the rest of Tröegs Independent Brewing’s distribution footprint. Prost!

Vital information for Grand Cacao Chocolate Stout from Tröegs Independent Brewing

Release – Year-Round; launching February 2021
Style – Milk/Sweet Stout
ABV – 6.5%
Malts – Pilsner, Munich, Caramel, Chocolate, Special B, Roasted Barley & Oats
Hops – Galena
Added Ingredients – Peruvian cacao nibs, natural vanilla & milk sugar
Availability – 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://troegs.com/beers/brew-finder/

Tröegs Independent Brewing Greets Spring with Release of Joyous IPA

Tröegs Independent Brewing (Hershey, Pennsylvania) has officially announced that it will begin the Seasonal Release of Joyous IPA in early February 2021.

Arriving as the “first Hop Cycle beer to emerge from Tröegs’ Scratch Lab, a new 3-barrel BrauKon nano brewhouse designed to replicate the temperature controls, pressure and geometry of the 15-bbl Scratch system and 100-bbl production brewhouse,” Joyous is a Hazy/Juicy India Pale Ale that unites “a fresh and bright yeast strain called Hothead Kveik . . . with a combination of aromatic Citra, Sabro and Azacca hops.” Coming in at 6.5% ABV, Joyous IPA is the perfect springtime sipper as it “[evokes] soft notes of tangelo, juicy papaya and subtle coconut.”

“With the Scratch Lab, we can break up 15-barrel brews into nano batches,” says Brewing Manager Tim Mayhew. “That allows us to test things like dry-hop combinations and yeast strains side-by-side. We used to wait weeks between batches.”

Joyous IPA is rolling out now and will be available for a limited time during Spring 2021. You can expect to find this Seasonal offering in 12 oz. cans, 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located within Tröegs Independent Brewing’s full distribution footprint. Prost!

Vital Information for Joyous IPA from Tröegs Independent Brewing

Release – Seasonal/Hop Cycle Series; Spring 2021
Style – Hazy/Juicy India Pale Ale
ABV – 6.5%
Hops – Azacca, Citra, El Dorado & Sabro
Malts – Caramel, Flaked Oats, Honey Malt, Munich, Pale & Pilsner
Yeast – Hothead Kveik
Availability – 12 oz. cans, 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://troegs.com/beers/brew-finder/

We Taste: Joyous IPA from Tröegs Independent Brewing on Vimeo

Tröegs Independent Brewing Releases Some Freshly Squeezed Nugget Nectar

Tröegs Independent Brewing (Hershey, Pennsylvania) has officially announced that it will begin the Annual Limited Release of Nugget Nectar, one of the brewery’s most requested beers, in early January 2021.

Brewed each year to showcase the “fresh-off-the-bine” character found in the brewery’s recently delivered hop selection, Nugget Nectar is an Imperial Amber Ale that features the “dank notes of pine and grapefruit” found in Nugget hops. Complexity abounds as Simcoe hops “[chime] in with hints of ripe mango and creamsicle, and it’s all balanced with enough kilned malt to add body and a touch of sweetness.” Coming in at 7.5% ABV, Nugget Nectar “provides plenty of warmth on those dark, cold winter nights.”

Nugget Nectar is rolling out now and will stick around only as long as supplies last. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 12 oz. bottles, 12 oz. cans, 16 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located within Tröegs Independent Brewing’s full distribution footprint. Prost!

Vital Information for Nugget Nectar from Tröegs Independent Brewing

Release – Limited/Once A Year; early January 2021
Style – Imperial Amber Ale
ABV – 7.5%
Hops – Nugget, Warrior, Tomahawk, Simcoe & Palisade
Malts – Munich, Pilsner & Vienna
Availability – 12 oz. bottles, 12 oz. cans, 16 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://troegs.com/beers/brew-finder/

We Taste: Nugget Nectar from Tröegs Independent Brewing on Vimeo

The Holidays Officially Begin with Return of Tröegs Mad Elf Ale

Tröegs Independent Brewing (Hershey, Pennsylvania) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of its iconic Mad Elf Ale in November 2020.

An idea/recipe conceived in 2002 by Tröegs‘ founding brothers Chris and John that has since gone on to become a holiday staple in the craft beer community, Mad Elf is a Belgian-style Strong Ale brewed with five varieties of cherries (Bing, Lambert, Van, and Royal Ann) and 25,000 lbs. of Pennsylvania honey. Coming in at 11% ABV, Mad Elf is a “cheerful ruby red creation reminiscent of ripened cherries, raw honey and cocoa with notes of cinnamon, clove and allspice.”

“For many beer drinkers, the holidays don’t truly start until they’ve had their first Mad Elf,” said Tröegs founding brother and brewmaster John Trogner. “We think Tröegs has a place on every holiday table.”

Mad Elf is available now and will hang around as long as supplies last during the 2020 Holiday Season. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 12-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located within Tröegs Independent Brewing’s full distribution footprint. Prost!

Vital Information for Mad Elf Ale from Tröegs Independent Brewing

Release – Limited/Once A Year; returning November 2020
Style – Belgian Strong Ale
ABV – 11%
Malts – Chocolate, Munich & Pilsner
Yeast – Spicy Belgian
Added Ingredients – Bing, Lambert, Van, and Royal Ann cherries & Pennsylvania honey
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 12-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://troegs.com/beers/brew-finder/

We Taste: Mad Elf from Tröegs Independent Brewing on Vimeo

Tröegs Independent Brewing Introduces HopCyclone Hazy DIPA as New Limited Release

Tröegs Independent Brewing (Hershey, Pennsylvania) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of HopCyclone in late September/early October 2020.

Named after the Hop Cyclone technology Tröegs uses to circulate and churn the hops properly throughout the fermenter to ensure that the “[hop] oils hit every last drop of beer,” HopCyclone is a Hazy/Juicy Double India Pale Ale that establishes a hazy foundation with a “grain bill of pilsner malt, Vienna malt and wheat” and is generously hopped with a “combination of Citra, Sabro, Sultana and Simcoe” hops. Coming in at 9% ABV, HopCyclone offers a sensory experience featuring “heroic hop flavor and low bitterness.”

HopCyclone is rolling out now and will last only as long as supplies last. You can expect to find this new 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. Prost!

Vital Information for HopCyclone from Tröegs Independent Brewing

Release – Limited/Once A Year Series; late September/early October 2020
Style – Hazy/Juicy Double India Pale Ale
ABV – 9%
Hops – Citra, Sabro, Sultana & Simcoe
Malts – Pilsner, Wheat, Vienna & Unmalted Wheat
Yeast – London 3
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://troegs.com/beers/brew-finder/

We taste: HopCyclone Hazy Double IPA from Tröegs Independent Brewing on Vimeo

Tröegs Independent Brewing Gets in the Fall Spirit with Return of Master of Pumpkins

Tröegs Independent Brewing (Hershey, Pennsylvania) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Master of Pumpkins in late September 2020.

Brewed each year to capture the comforting essence of autumn, Master of Pumpkins is a Pumpkin Ale featuring 3,000 pounds of Pennsylvania longneck pumpkins – “grown especially for Tröegs at nearby Strites Orchard” – that the “brewery kitchen staff roasts . . . in-house and passes them off to the brewing team, who purees the entire lot and adds it right into the mash tun.” Coming in at 7.5% ABV, Master of Pumpkins is a “subtly spiced pumpkin ale featuring notes of nutmeg, cinnamon, caramel and vanilla.”

Master of Pumpkins is rolling out now and will hang around only as long as supplies last this fall. 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. Prost!

Vital Information for Master of Pumpkins from Tröegs Independent Brewing

Release – Limited/Once A Year Series; late September – October 2020
Style – Pumpkin Ale
ABV – 7.5%
Malts – Munich, Pilsner & Special B
Hops – German Northern Brewer
Added Ingredients – Pennsylvania longneck pumpkins, cinnamon, clove, ginger & nutmeg
Yeast – French Saison
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://troegs.com/beers/brew-finder/

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
Beer Finder – https://troegs.com/beers/brew-finder/

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
Beer Finder – https://troegs.com/beers/brew-finder/

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
Beer Finder – https://troegs.com/beers/brew-finder/

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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

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