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Latest Troegs brewery expansion slated for September completionDerry Township craft brewer, one of nation's largest, hopes to crack 100,000 barrels this year

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Pictured are brothers and owners of  Troegs Brewing Co. Chris Trogner, left, and John Trogner.
Pictured are brothers and owners of Troegs Brewing Co. Chris Trogner, left, and John Trogner. - (Photo / )

Troegs Brewing Co., one of the largest craft-beer producers in the country, may reach a new production milestone this year as its facility in Derry Township continues to grow.

Co-owner John Trogner, who owns the Dauphin County-based brewery with his brother Chris, said he is hoping the company's production cracks 100,000 barrels of beer this year.

Tröegs produced 89,000 barrels last year. As a result, the Brewers Association ranked Tröegs No. 38 on it craft list and No. 47 overall on its annual list of the top 50 breweries in the country. A barrel represents 31 gallons of beer.

But in order to boost capacity, the brewery is currently adding eight new fermentation tanks, each with an 800-barrel capacity. 

"We're trying to go for slow and steady growth and go deeper into our backyard," Trogner said.

The company sells products in 10 states — Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia — and the District of Columbia.

Hop Knife Harvest Ale is Troegs' fall seasonal brew.
Hop Knife Harvest Ale is Troegs' fall seasonal brew. - ()

Tröegs hopes to expand distribution deeper into the New England states.

The additional tanks, meanwhile, will create more production flexibility, Trogner said. Larger beer batches, including seasonal varieties, can be brewed in the newer tanks, freeing up smaller tanks for lower-volume batches.

Additional tanks beyond the eight under construction also are in the planning process.

Tröegs has earned a reputation for its limited, small-batch beers, also known as scratch beers and mostly served in the brewery's tasting room. The brewery also is known for its "Splinter Cellar" area, which was built last year to expand production of wood-aged specialty beers, including those made with local cherries and peaches.

Last year, the brewery produced more than 100 new recipes, Trogner said.

Once the new tanks are installed and operational, the Trogners are hoping to cut back on capital projects for awhile. The brewery recently expanded its parking area.

The tank project is slated to be done by September, according to Harrisburg-based Pyramid Construction Services Inc., the contractor overseeing construction of the concrete vault structure that will house the 40-foot-tall tanks.

Aside from the tank work, there are plans for a wastewater treatment project that would convert beer waste to electricity to support brewing operations.

That system is being designed, Trogner said, to support a brewery capable of producing up to 300,000 barrels per year. 

By comparison, top-ranked craft brewer D.G. Yuengling & Son Inc. in Pottsville produces about 2.8 million barrels of beer annually. The Schuylkill County brewery, also America's oldest, is capable of producing about 4 million barrels between its Pennsylvania and Florida operations.

Tröegs started in Harrisburg in 1996 and moved to the Hershey area in 2011.

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