Tröegs Brewing Company

Tröegs Brewing CompanyTröegs Brewing Company
BA SCORE
3.89/5
38,425 Ratings
Tröegs Brewing CompanyTröegs Brewing Company
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

200 East Hersheypark Dr
Hershey, Pennsylvania, 17033
United States

(717) 534-1297 | map
troegs.com

Notes:
Sunday-Wednesday 11am-9pm
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.

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BEER STATS
Beers:
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11,592
Ratings:
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PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.41/5
Reviews:
86
Ratings:
420
pDev:
11.79%
 
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Reviews by slander:
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4.15/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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4.63/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

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4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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4.36/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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3.91/5  rDev -11.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

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4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of JohnWesolowski
4.51/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Great beer choices. Something for everyone. More of a restaurant feel than a "hang out and have some beers" feel.

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4.5/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of Stew5
5/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

worth the trip from Cincinnati cant wait to go back

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.03/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Grew up to a town East of Hershey, so whenever I trek back to PA to visit my parents, this is where me and my son often go to with them. With that in mind, it's easy to take kids in with the selection of the food off to the back (glad they have that now-a-days). Me, well, I table up with my dad to often check out their new Scratch beer series that they're always coming up with. This facility is always clean and well kept. The walking history tour is quite legit too. Their bottles to go and paraphernalia off to the right is spot on. There's really nothing else in Hershey one needs to see for beer, to be honest.

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Photo of heddar33
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of bwick29
3.79/5  rDev -14.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 1.5

A massive hall with large long tables. The way beer should be drank IMHO. Very touristy though. Makes sense being right next to Hershey Park. This would be an AWESOME place if in a high-population that could fill it without tourists. (Full disclosure, I was one of those tourists.)

Beer quality is good. These guys aren't afraid to pull beer they don't feel is up to par, and also not afraid to put out a ton of scratch brews. Visit quality depends on your own planning. There's a self guided "tour" which is little more than a walk down a windowed hallway with signs to read. The real tour requires ticket reservation in advance. Ours included a glass and was only a few dollars.

Service is interesting. Get your own food and water, but they'll get your beer IIRC. Very high volume at times, so expect that when thinking about bar service.

Selection is excellent. When we last visited, they had a record amount of scratch beers available to order. Tons available for growling. Probably the largest selection I've experienced at a brewery.

Food. Well, we were really excited to eat here after all the positive reviews we'd seen elsewhere. It looked delicious, and the portions were substantial. Unfortunately, both of us were left feeling ill after eating the food. I almost had to back out of the pre-reserved tour. Soured the entire visit.

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Photo of StoutSnob40
4.21/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of shmuck81
3.88/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

Overall good place to stop if you get the chance. Good food and atmosphere. Granted you can by the case, sixer, or singles but for some reason I just wasn't that impressed with the selection. I can't give a specific reason which I guess is unfair but it's just the way I felt. I still make it a point to stop in every time I'm in town for business.

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Photo of Brew_ski
4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of jgido759
3.34/5  rDev -24.3%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.5

First time visiting and although I enjoyed it, it wouldn't kill me if I didn't make it back.

Food was above average and enjoyable, as were the beers. However, I was a little disappointed that I could not get Nugget Nectar in my flight. In fact, it wasn't available at all and I was told by our server that they pulled it because the batch was not a good representation of the brew. Points for honesty on that.

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Photo of craighoward523
4.09/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Get there early as this place fills up fast. Server rule as to what they will/won't serve you is a bit jarring on first visit. Get your own water/food.

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Photo of ummswimmin
4/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of dmorgan310
4.08/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.94/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

The new Troegs is one of those so-called “destination breweries”. A massive, new shiny building with cavernous spaces, a ginormous bar and a million tables for dining. Families, tourists, babies… the place is packed with all of them.

This is not your corner garage brewery where you can sit at the bar and talk to the brewer; this is corporate craft brewing at its most efficient. Even the self-guided tour is a one-of-a-kind sterilized experience where you look at fermenters behind high glass walls.

On draft, the classic Troegs lineup plus a bunch of “scratches”. I loved the food most of all, charcuterie and creative small plates. The gift shop is full of tchotchkes you don't need but you'll want to buy, plus plenty of beer.

Would I come back? Maybe, if I'm in the area. But I wouldn't detour or make it a destination. It is just not my kind of brewery experience.

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Photo of MjamesL
4.16/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of schroeder1200
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Photo of StoutLover14
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of dogma33
3.84/5  rDev -12.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of pritchyk
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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Tröegs Brewing Company in Hershey, PA
Brewery rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 38,425 ratings
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