bierkitty (13) Elysburg, Pennsylvania | September 30, 2012| Updated December 7, 2012
This was my second visit to the new site and the first since they added food. There is nothing to not like about this place. The beer is top notch. The self guided brewery tour is great. Virtually, the whole brewery is behind huge glass windows. The food just blew us away. This is not your standard Central PA brewpub grub. There is also a huge gift shop filled with temptations. They even had cases of some Scratch beers. A great place for either a nice meal with great beer or a quick stop on the way to the Park.
I finally got to the new brewery. I do prefer the ambience of the old location but this place is very, very nice. Very large and open. The main space features a huge bar, huge seating area featuring the longest table I have ever seen and a huge patio area. They could fit hundreds in here quite comfortably. the brewing equipment is behind the bar. There is a food menu and it looked to be stocked with higher end items, but I had just eaten so I didn’t partake. All of the staff were really friendly, including both bartenders and the guy in the shop (which is separate and includes swag and beer to go). 12 beers were on tap, and I had 3 four ounce samples of Scratch beers for 5 bucks. There is a walk through self-guided brewery tour which looked pretty basic, so I didn’t partake, but it does look like it would be good for people new to breweries. In fact, this whole place is. Plenty of parking and located RIGHT next to Hershey Park in case getting hammered and the riding roller coasters is your thing. Overall, well worth the visit. My review for the old location is below.
NOTE: This review is for the old location in Harrisburg. Big commercial brewery with a tap room attached. The large tap room had a nice ambience, as did the well appointed gift shop attached. Samplers are available as well as growler flls, pints and bottles to go. Prices are a bit expensive though cases can be had for a nice discount. Nice people. Decent parking. And most importantly, the beer is tasty. Definitely a nice stop. Score 5/7/13/NA/5/16
Excellent place to visit and enjoy good beer. Everything is about the beer -- food is to support but was also of very good quality with a deliberately limited kitchen (Order at the counter). Service was excellent and everyone was friendly. Draft selection also very good -- all of the regulars with 5 Scratch taps + seasonals. Only problem I had was that I couldn’t stay longer. A place for people who enjoy beer. If you don’t like this place you shouldn’t be on ratebeer.
Very cool environment, sit in front of mash and lauter tuns at the bar. Good selection of their beers on tap with scratch beers available. Proper glassware on all beers. If a fan of Troegs this is a must visit.
Troegs new facility in Hershey is a quick jaunt off the interstate that is worthy of a visit. The tap room is very large and open with brewing equipment behind the bar. There were 5 beers on, including one Scratch series. I tried the food, which is pre-made sandwiches, and they were good, but nothing special. There is a self-guided tour available and a large gift shop where you can mix and match singles, though do not expect to find any Scratch beers.
While I miss the convenience of the old Harrisburg location, the new Hershey tasting room is a huge improvement. They recently began offering sandwiches ... I N/A’d food in the ratings because I have not been there since they added food. But if they are as good as they sound in the description I have seen, then they will be a very nice addition. The new room is very large, and I would not be surprised if they eventually evolve the location into more of a full brewpub with longer hours and more food to take advantage of the tourist and post concert/game traffic in Hershey.
As for the beer, well, it is fresh Troegs ... what more needs be said. I am guessing some might rate them low on selection because all they offer is Troegs beers. But the brothers brew some of the best beers I have tried from any brewery. There’s nary a dud in the regular lineup and it is rare that I don’t enjoy their one-off scratch series offerings. As close as I might come to a complaint would be a wish that Nugget Nectar be available year around. In giving them the max rating on selection, I take into consideration that I would not judge a brewery’s tasting room the same way I might a beer bar or store. Two thumbs way up.
Went there about a month ago to their new facility. The place is large - there’s a lot of floorspace that’s empty - probably a good sign. We kind of just meandered around the place when we first entered - went to the gift shop and then went "backwards" though the "self-guided" brewery tour.
The place has a *huge* tasting room, a large bar and plenty of tables. They have their 5 standards on tap (though Dreamweaver was out, what?). They had a few specials (such as Mad Elf) and a few experimental brews (Scratch 52 and 53). Food truck is outside (and not affiliated with them directly, but food can be ordered and brought into the tasting room. The tasting room does provide the obligatory pretzels and $10 microwaved Salisbury Steak to adhere to Pennsylvania’s DRACONIAN beer laws.
A bit impersonal compared to the other beer tours I’ve been on, but there was no cost and we could take our time throughout the entire process. Certainly is the only thing worth visiting in Hershey PA.
Free tour on a Saturday in August 2011 - if you want to take the tour, be sure to call ahead and sign up for a slot! They always fill right up. Ambiance is great, there are some free samples on tap of what’s currently available, as well as one or two of their ’scratch series’ of experimental beers. Most tours are run by the Troegner Brothers themselves, but our week we got ’Moose’ (one of the actual brewers). Great tour guide, very knowledgeable and approachable - the tour takes you right through the actual brewhaus, fermenting tanks, and aging tanks, as well as the bottling line. Beers available for purchase after the tour at local bar prices. I was hoping for free :-) But, great tour! I hope they continue with this at their new and coming facility at Hershey.