April Tröegs Tales
Celebrate the Anniversary of the Repeal of Prohibition
Join Tröegs Brewery and the Dauphin County Historical Society on Friday, April 11, for A Blast From the Past—A Spirited Celebration for the 75th Anniversary of the Repeal of Prohibition. The event will be held at Tröegs Brewery from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.
Also in this issue:
- AODT 2008: Our Bottle Caps. Your Imagination.
- Scratch Beer Update
- 5th Annual Harrisburg Brewers Fest Scheduled
- The Return of the Sunshine (Pils)
Nationally-known beer writer Lew Bryson will be on hand to discuss Prohibition, tap the first keg, offer a ceremonial toast and sign copies of his Pennsylvania Breweries book.
“The current microbrewery explosion pales in comparison to the number of American breweries that existed before Prohibition,” explains Chris Trogner. “It’s important to remember these past milestones and not lose sight of their significance today.”
In recognition of this momentous occasion Tröegs Brewery will be unveiling Scratch #11-2008 (See style details below.) in a firkin. There will be firkins of Tröegs Pale Ale and Hopback Amber Ale. In addition we will be serving a six-month aged version of Scratch #4-2007. This barley wine was the fasted selling Scratch Beer to date, selling out more than 150 cases in just six days. Other beers include all Tröegs year-round offerings, Sunshine Pils and a few other surprises.
The evening will feature a light fare catered menu courtesy of Flinchy’s along with period music by the Hoppin John Orchestra.
Tickets purchased before the end of the day on Thursday, April 10 are $25. Tickets purchased after April 10 are $40. There is also a Patron/Sponsor ticket available for $75/couple.
The ticket fee covers food and entertainment, and supports the Dauphin County Historical Society. Beer will be sold by the pint.
Scratch Beer Update: #11-2008 Details and #10-2008 Waiting in the Wings
Keep on your toes; we are switching the release order of the next two Scratch Beers.
Next up, we present Scratch Beer #11-2008, a Bitter. We used to brew a little number called Tröegs ESB. Even though this beer was retired almost six years ago, we still get numerous Tröegs old-schoolers begging for its return.
Well hang onto your boot straps because Scratch #11 is about as close as we can get to the original ESB without firing up the old brew kettle. The Scratch #11 recipe originates from Chris’ stint at England’s University of Sunderland brewing program. After returning to Colorado the brothers drew on Chris’ experience and brewed pilot batches tweaking that recipe. The ESB production recipe has direct bloodlines to these pilot batches.
So to all you ESB freaks (Martha) out there—sit back, relax and enjoy. Scratch #11-2008 was made just for you. And to answer the ever-asked question: No, we won’t be making ESB again. Here are ingredient details:
Original Gravity – 13 Plato
ABV – 4.9%
IBUs – 48
Malts – Dark Crystal, Roasted Barley, Extra Special Malt
Hops – East Kent Golding, Williamette, Chinook
Yeast – Thames Valley ale yeast
Scratch #10-2008 is waiting in the wings and is ready to go as soon as we move some Scratch #11 out the door. We expect to start selling #10 in late April.
The Return of the Sunshine (Pils)
Tröegs Sunshine Pils is now available in cases and kegs across our six-state distribution network. Cases, kegs and growlers are now available in the Tröegs Tasting Room.
Sunshine Pils combines the crisp taste of European style pilsners with a zesty, vibrant hop finish to create a balanced, refreshing beer. Brewed in the traditional “Old World” European Pilsner-style, Tröegs Sunshine Pils is handcrafted using only malted barley, Noble hops and bottom-fermenting yeast. Straw in color with a fluffy white head, Sunshine Pils is the perfect spring and summer beer.
“This year’s Sunshine is identical to last year, said John Trogner. “We are using German Northern Brewer hops for bittering and the traditional Czech Saaz hop taste shines through in the aroma. Don’t let the light color of this beer fool you; it has a crisp hop bite and a refreshing taste. It’s the beer for all your outdoor activities.”
There will be numerous Sunshine Pils events throughout the spring and summer, and keep an eye out for Sunshine Pils during the summer deck season. Bring on the sun!
AODT 2008: Our Bottle Caps. Your Imagination.
We are proud to announce the return of The Art of Drinking Tröegs bottle cap art contest. The rules for The Art of Drinking Tröegs bottle cap art contest are simple—make a piece of art incorporating Tröegs bottle caps.
To enter submit a picture of your bottle cap art with your name, address and phone number to Tröegs Brewery. Submission can be emailed to [email protected] or sent to The Art of Drinking Tröegs Contest, Tröegs Brewing Company, 800 Paxton St. Harrisburg, PA 17104. Submissions without contact information will not be valid
The grand prize winner will receive a $500 cash prize. Entries will be accepted until midnight on July 1, 2008.
Still confused? Go to the Tröegs Web site and click on The Art of Drinking Tröegs contest link at the bottom of the page. You will find numerous examples of previous entries along with complete contest rules. Get inspired and make art.
5th Annual Harrisburg Brewers Fest Scheduled
The 5th Annual Harrisburg Brewers Fest will be held on Saturday, June 21 on Locust and Third Streets in downtown Harrisburg. This year’s festival will feature two afternoon sessions—12-3:30 p.m. and 5-8:30 p.m.—and approximately 45 breweries. This event is co-presented by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Central Pennsylvania and Tröegs Brewery. All proceeds from the event benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Tickets are now on sale. They can be ordered online at the Harrisburg Brewers Fest Web site www.harrisburgbrewersfest.com, via telephone at 717-671-4000, or at Tröegs Brewery. Tickets will begin shipping in mid-May. We recommend that you buy tickets in advance since last year’s event was a complete sellout.
Advance tickets for the Harrisburg Brewer’s Fest are $35. Tickets the day of the event (if available) will be $40. Designated Driver tickets are available for $5 to either session. There is a VIP session that includes a 90-minute private session and entrance to the second session. VIP tickets are $95. The ticket price is tax-deductible, and includes a souvenir sample glass, unlimited samples from participating brewers and live entertainment. Regular and group tickets are also available by contacting CFF at 717-671-4000.