Tröegs Brewing Co. plans to open a state-of-the-art brewery next year in Derry Township to replace its Harrisburg-based brewery.
Construction of the new facility at 200 E. Hershey Park Drive will start immediately and the brewery is expected to open in the fall of 2011.
The new facility will be 90,000 square feet and give the company room to grow, Tröegs co-owner Chris Trogner said. It also has great highway access for shipping product, he said. Troegs now takes up 30,000 square feet of its current building and in eight to 12 months will reach its beer-brewing capacity in its brew house, Trogner said. Trogner and his brother, John, own the company.
Trogner would not disclose how much the company is investing in the new facility. Tröegs is leasing the building from the Hershey Trust Co. The building was formerly set up for food manufacturing, he said.
Tröegs will operate its Harrisburg brewery until its Derry Township site goes online. The company will install a new brew house, fermenters and a kegging line. After the new brewery is operational, all of the beer maker’s equipment will be moved to the new factory without interrupting its production schedule, according to Tröegs.
The brewery will feature a 5,000-square-foot tasting room in the middle of the factory and the tasting room will open onto an outdoor seating area. Guests will be able to take self-guided tours, and guided tours will take place on designated days, according to Tröegs.
The company wants to give visitors a more interactive experience, Trogner said. The factory will compliment other Hershey attractions, he said. It will allow the company to grow its retail presence, too, Trogner said.
The Trogners are Central Pennsylvania natives who founded the craft-style microbrewery in 1996. The brewery opened the following year at 800 Paxton St. Its beers are distributed throughout eight states.