In 2019, we put our heads together with our Pittsburgh friends from The Drinking Partners Podcast and Apis Meadery to celebrate the return of Fresh Fest, the nation’s first black beer festival. With Fresh Fest cofounder Day Bracey and Apis owner Dave Cerminara, we combined two quintessential summer flavors: peach cobbler and a bright, refreshing honey ale. In 2020, Fresh Fest is once again breaking new ground, this time by hosting the first ever digital black beer festival, and Tröegs will once again be a partner. Stay tuned for exciting details.
Following up the successful launch of Troegenator Beer Cheese, The GIANT Company, Caputo Brothers Creamery and Tröegs Independent Brewing have once again teamed up to bring beer and cheese lovers a new creation: Perpetual Beer Cheese. All of the milk used in this intersection of local dairies, local beer and local good comes from right here in Pennsylvania. “In a time when a lot of us are feeling helpless, we asked ourselves what we can do to make a difference,” says Rynn Caputo. “This partnership with GIANT and Tröegs has already helped keep two dairy farms running, and as it grows, we have the potential to save even more farms.”
Tröegs is proud to donate to Cocoa Packs, a nonprofit founded right here in Hershey to make sure local children have access to proper nutrition and basic services and supplies like backpacks, haircuts and toiletries. Founded by Christine Drexler in 2015, Cocoa Packs is funded entirely through donations and serves more than 500 children every week through 10 sites in Derry Township, Harrisburg and the surrounding area.
During the outbreak of COVID-19, Tröegs Independent Brewing joined together with Hospitality Assistance Response of Pennsylvania to help provide immediate emergency assistance to front-line hospitality industry workers. 100% of the proceeds, totaling $10,000, from a Scratch Series IPA benefitted HARP. “With the help of HARP, the funds will directly benefit essential service industry workers during these times of unforeseen hardship,” says Chris Trogner, co-founding brother of Tröegs.
In early May 2020, at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, we donated $39,000 in food and beer sales to participating hospitals. The donation was distributed evenly to front-line medical workers at regional hospitals in the form of $50 Tröegs gift cards, with a goal to reach as many health care workers as possible “Our health care workers are absolutely essential during this uncertain time,” said Chris Trogner, co-founding brother of Tröegs. “We’re grateful for their selfless commitment to ensuring the safety of our community, and we hope these gift cards provide a bright spot for these workers.”
The Nature Conservancy and Tröegs Independent Brewing are working together to protect Pennsylvania’s Kittatinny Ridge, an ecologically important 185-mile chain of forested Appalachian mountains that runs through Pennsylvania. A portion of proceeds from the release of a new Trail Day beer go toward the Tröegs Trail Day Fund. The fund helps protect 15,000 acres of the most critical, connected lands on and next to the ridge – from the Mason-Dixon Line into New York state through the Delaware Water Gap. The goal is to ensure that songbirds, hawks, eagles, bears and even plants can travel as they must, and that nature will continue to provide clean streams, rich forests, recreational trails and biological diversity.
Our Aletruism efforts are focused on the communities where our co-workers and fans live, work and play. For example, our annual HopDash 5K – part of Harvest Hopfest weekend at Tröegs – has raised more than $250,000 for the Harrisburg Area YMCA. “Our family has been a supporter of the YMCA for a long time, and we’ve developed a strong relationship with them over the years,” says Chris Trogner. “We’re excited to see the Hop Dash continue to grow and draw people from outside Central PA.”
Local dairies, local beer, local good. Troegenator Beer Cheese IS crafted by @caputobrothers Creamery with milk from small Pennsylvania dairy farms and our legendary Troegenator Double Bock. Slightly sweet with notes of caramel, stone fruit and a pinch of salt, the cheese has helped keep the barn doors open at two family-owned dairies. “We love Caputo’s cheeses,” says Tröegs brewmaster John Trogner. “And the idea of combining what we do best with what Caputo does best to help local dairies find new paths to success was really exciting.”
Every spring, hundreds of smiling riders gather at Tröegs for Bikes & Beers. Together we raise money for the Jonathan Eshenour Memorial Trail through Derry Township and show off our beautiful countryside to riders from all over the mid-Atlantic. There are three options for the ride, with fully supported pit stops and a fun afterparty in the sun.
Tröegs is proud to be a part of the annual 717 Collaboration Beer. A portion of the proceeds from this meeting of the local brewing minds goes to Harrisburg Beer Week’s exclusive beneficiary, Harrisburg River Rescue & Emergency Services.
We are a proud sponsor of the outrageously fun Kinetic Sculpture Race held each spring in Baltimore. Kinetic sculptures are amphibious, human-powered works of art custom built for the race, and our very own Nator racer has crossed the finish line for the past several years. The race is the largest fundraiser of the year for the American Visionary Art Museum, which specializes in the preservation and display of outsider art.
Each spring, several co-workers join volunteers from the nonprofit Manada Conservancy to plant trees and shrubs. This crucial planting is part of Manada Conservancy’s efforts to create a greenway along the Swatara Creek to help assure healthy local waterways and a positive future for the Chesapeake Bay.
When December arrives, it’s time for the annual Ullr Fest at Roundtop Mountain Resort. Together, we welcome winter and light the biggest bonfire this side of the Appalachians. It’s good fun for a good cause, as money is raised for the Peyton Walker Foundation, which raises awareness and survival rates for Sudden Cardiac Arrest.