18 December 2009

Troegs…Coming Soon Scratch # 26

TroegsNewTanks Here’s a tasty little tidbit courtesy of John…

Looks like both Scratch #26 and #28 will be barrel aged and the barrels are being built (& toasted) by Keystone Coopers.  Scratch # 26 is in the tanks now and they are caramelizing some of the first runnings for a Wee Heavy.

17 December 2009

Troegs Splinter Day

Here are a few photos courtesy of Deuane (and C) from the Troegs Splinter Release Day.  As you can see the bottles (and the beer) look great.

16 December 2009

Troegs Splinter Series Release - Today

Troegs SPlinter For those not following along with mybeerbuzz on Twitter or Facebook, the Troegs SPliter Red & Gold series release started at 10AM today. Troegs is pouring Naked Elf on tap & 2008 Elf 3-liter...as of now (11AM) 1 case of Splinter Red and 3 cases of Splinter gold remaining ! It probably won;t make it until the end of the day but watch my twitter or Facebook updates for the latest. As of 11:58AM today (12/16) the Splinter Series Red & Gold beers are sold out. Stay tuned for future Splinter Beers from Troegs.

08 December 2009

Troegs Releases Two Splinter Series Beers – Dec 16

From Troegs:

An Early Christmas Present: Splinter Series Release Date Announced The first two offerings from the Splinter Series (Red and Gold) will go on sale on Wednesday, December 16, at 10 a.m. in the Troegs Tasting Room.

There is a two-bottle limit/per person for each style of beer, meaning that a single customer who wants to purchase the maximum number of bottles, can get 2 Splinter Red and 2 Splinter Gold. Bottles will be $22.95 each.
This special reserve beer lives and breathes. Captured before filtration, refermented in wood and aged in the bottle with living yeast, Splinter is an experimental series that pushes the brewing boundaries and transforms our beer in new directions.Here are some details on each beer:
Before filtering the final batch of 2008 Mad Elf we racked some beer into bourbon barrels for six weeks of tender loving care. After bottling, we aged the beer for approximately eight months. This allows the tart cherries to push to the front. Subtle vanilla, bourbon, charred wood, coconut and toasted nut endnotes emanate from Splinter Red.
The transformation of Scratch #3-2007 to Splinter Gold has been a slow rest in oak wine barrels dosed with brettanomyces. During a two-year aging period the horsey flavors of the brett combined with the Westmalle yeast used during primary fermentation to create a complex blend of flavors. Bone-dry and 12% abv, Splinter Gold is highly carbonated.
Both these bottling runs are extremely limited and will only be available at the Troegs Brewery Giftshop/Tasting Room.... See More

07 December 2009

Troegs – New Chocolate-based Beer

image This is purely based on a tweet John put out earlier today saying that they “met with Scharffen Berger Chocolate guys Saturday. They schooled us on as much as our brains could hold! COMPLEX! beer soon...”  I suspect we’ll be seeing either a Scratch or Splinter beer using Scharffen Bergen Chocolate in the future.  For anyone unfamiliar with Scharffen Bergen, they are a chocolate manufacturer who’s goal it is to source the best cacao in the world and use an artisan chocolate making process to create the finest chocolate in the world using vintage European chocolate making equipment.

OK guys…it’s been too long.  My vote is for a Troegs sweet chocolate oatmeal stout even though that sounds doubtful…probably more likely that we’ll see a barrel-aged Imperial Stout.

30 November 2009

Troegs Releases Scratch # 25

TroegsScratch Troegs Scratch 25 has been released today.  The beer is being nicknamed “Movember Rye” and clocks in with an amazing IBU of 115.  The beer uses Bravo & Cluster hop varieties and Rye grains.  Should be very interesting.

More from Troegs:

#25-2009: Magical Moustache Rye:
November is the month of the moustache (no lie). If you don’t believe us check out www.movember.org or take a look at all the scraggly caterpillars residing on the top lips of numerous Troegs employees. In honor of the completion of the Troegs Moustache-Growing Contest we give you S...cratch #25-2009 – Magical Moustache Rye.  This mahogany ale packs a lingering, earthy hoppiness. The addition of more than 20% rye to the grain bill gives a creamy mouthfeel and hints of spice that compliment the bitterness of hops. Subtle fruitiness come through from the Bravo hops added during the boil, but the Cluster and Liberty varieties used in dry-hopping this beer are the true flavor drivers in this spicy ale. Dark in color and intense is flavor, Scratch 25-2009 finds true balance in a beer that could have easily gone way over the top. Enjoy.

05 November 2009

Troegs Brothers Bash – Nov 20th

I’ll let the poster speak for itself, but this sound like a great time…can you say Firkin!


23 October 2009

Troegs Scratch # 24

TroegsScratchLimited details at this point…but SCRATCH 24 – Van de Hoorn Available Today (10/23)---Belgian Pale Ale (Troegenator with Belgian yeast).

09 October 2009

Troegs Mad Elf 2009 is Out!

Hard to believe but the 22oz bombers are starting to show up in stores…TroegsMadElf

From Troegs:

Mad Elf Release Dates
The holidays are right around the corner and Mad Elf will start arriving at stores towards the end of October. Below are list of dates that packages will start to be shipped throughout our territory:
*October 1st: 22 ounce bottles
*October 12th: 12 ounce bottles (6pks)
*November 1st: Mad Elf Gift Pack (includes 1 22oz. bottle and chalice)
*November 10th: 101 ounce bottle
*December 1st: Kegs

04 September 2009

Troegs Scratch # 23 – Kellar Fest

TroegsScratchJust a few details and by the way it’s out already !

Kellar Fest
O.G: 13.1 Plato
A.B.V: 5.1%
I.B.U: 25
Malt: Bohemian Pils, Munich, Vienna
Yeast: Augustinerbrau Lager
Hops: Magnum, Hallertau


From Troegs: 

In honor of Oktoberfest, we give you Scratch #23-2009, Kellar Fest. This unfiltered lager features all German malts and noble hops. Fermented with the Augustinerbrau yeast strain, Kellar Fest is a blend of Bohemian Pils, Munich and Vienna malts. The Magnum hops provide a crisp bitterness and the Hallertau noble hops impart a slight earthy taste. Kellar Fest finishes crisp and dry with hints of fruit. Grab a lamb handle and savor this Kellar Fest.

23 August 2009

Troegs – Splinter & Nugget

Just a few nuggets of info from Troegs.  The guys will be brewing a small batch of Nugget Nectar for several big festivals.  Much of the beer will be racked into casks & firkins BUT a VERY limited amount will be bottled into 22oz bottles and be available at the brewery.  Get thee to Harrisburg!

Java Head Stout will be released Aug 25th and Dead Reckoning Porter has been released. 

From Troegs:

JavaHead Stout contains a blend of locally roasted espresso and Kenyan coffee beans by St. Thomas Roasters in Linglestown, PA.

This recipe is based off of our original 2005 oatmeal stout.  After the boil the hot wort passes through our hopback vessel packed full of whole leaf hops and a bed of coffee beans - akin to a French press - intensifying the coffee nose and releasing hints of coffee flavor. The result is a lush oatmeal mouthfeel balanced with cocoa, roast and subtle coffee flavors.

JavaHead will only be packaged in 22oz. bottles on August 25th and will be available throughout our normal distribution.

Ed has also been nice enough to confirm the new Splinter Beer series (matured in wood).  As I reported earlier, the first two releases will have 300 bottles and 200 bottles for all of the following releases.  The TTB label approvals are very colorful and include Black, Blue, Gold & Red.  Also as I reported earlier, look for barrel versions of Mad Elf (Red perhaps), their Tripel (aged in wine barrels for 2 years w/Brett yeast)recipe used in Scratch 3 (perhaps Gold) and perhaps an imperial stout as “black”…it’s anyone’s best guess what Blue will be.

Finally…Troegs has launched a new website….Check out   troegs.com

11 August 2009

Troegs Java Head Stout

TroegsNewTanksI Twitted this out already, but I though the announcement deserved some more territory.  Troegs will release a limited series beer in Sept called Java Head Stout – This will be the 1st of 3 beers in a Brewery Only series.  They will release about 300 bottles 1st two beers.

01 August 2009

Troegs Scratch # 22 – Belgian White Ale

TroegsScratchWord out of Troegs tasting room this morning  is that Scratch # 22 will be a Belgian White Ale using the traditional orange peel, coriander and spices.  Also revealed today is that the beer will use Westmalle yeast strains and come in just over 5.5%ABV.  RELEASED July 31st !!

15 July 2009

Tröegs Scratch # 21 – Released !

TroegsScratchTroegs has released their Scratch #21 Artisnal Ale today!

O.G.:               22
A.B.V.:            7.8%
I.B.U.’s:          16
Malt:               Pils, Munich, Crystal
Yeast:             Belgian
Hops:              German Northern Brewers, Czech Saaz
Scratch #21-2009 is an exercise in deconstruction and minimalism. This Belgian Ale has distinct roots in The Mad Elf minus some key components.
The cherries? Gone.
The honey? Gone.
The chocolate malt? Gone.
Wait, this sounds familiar. It almost sounds like a naked version of The Mad Elf.
Coming in just under 8% ABV, this unfiltered golden beauty shows off the pronounced yeast flavor that made The Mad Elf famous as well as a touch of alcohol and some mellow malt flavors.

18 June 2009

Troegs Scratch # 20 - Stinky Grapefruit

Scratch #20-2009: Apollo Imperial Ale
O.G.: 18.5 Plato
A.B.V.: 7%
I.B.U.'s: 115
Malt: Pils, Munich, Crystal
Yeast: House Ale Yeast
Kettle Hops: Apollo, Warrior, Palisade, Amarillo
Hopback: Apollo, Columbus

Scratch #20 has been dubbed Apollo Imperial Ale because of our experimentation with a new hop variety.Apollo hops are high alpha acid with an intense aroma. Married with other high alpha hops, with almost two pounds of hops added per barrel produced, AIA has an intense staying power in the back of the throat. After a long discussion between Chris, John and the brewers, they dubbed this hop flavor stinky grapefruit with a hint of perfume. The dark color might lead you to believe the some malt may shine through; but no, the hops are the true player in this ale.Scratch #20 serves a dual purpose since it will also appear as The Drafting Room's Anniversary Ale for 2009. We brewed a bit more to serve the brewery and The Drafting Room, but get it while when you see it. Before this intense hop flavor subsides, this beer will be sold out.

20 April 2009

Troegs Scratch # 19 Coffee Stout

From Troegs:

Scratch #19-2008: More Double Espresso Oatmeal Stout

Brewing Date: 4/20/09


All details are projections at this time.

O.G.: 22

A.B.V.: 7.5-8

I.B.U.'s: 61

Malt: Pils, Dark Crystal, Chocolate, Roast

Yeast: House Ale Yeast

Juju: Oats, Espresso Beans

Hops: Chinook, Cluster

Scratch #19-2009 is a do-over. You know, you get it right, or just about right, the first time so you take another stab at it to get it even better. First, a little background, Scratch #15 was the fastest selling Scratch Beer to date; it sold out in less than 48 hours. The Scratch series has always been about experimentation, so consider this further research into our love affair with coffee and beer.

Scratch #19 has deep roots in Scratch #15 with some new wrinkles. The malted barley releases chocolate, roasted and caramel flavors that blend with the citrus tastes of Chinook and Cluster hops.

Once again, we are working with St. Thomas Roasters of Linglestown to create a blend of espresso beans. We've added Kenyan beans to the mix because of a strong citrus flavor that compliments the hops. The beans are combined with whole flower hops in the hopback, and the hot wort passes through the vessel on the way to fermentation giving Scratch #19 a lush coffee espresso nose and hints of coffee flavor.

27 January 2009

Scratch # 18

Troegs has announced Scratch # 18 will be a Triple Rye Ale. Sounds interesting and should be another in the great series of brews. Looks like an early March release. I've been asked a number of times what each of the Scratch beers have been so here's a run down courtesy or Troegs:

Scratch # 17 Glacial Pils

Scratch #16-2008: Winter Warmer

O.G.: 16.1 Plato
A.B.V.: 6.3%
IBU: 85
Malt: Pils, Crystal, Munich
Yeast: Thames Valley
Juju: Molasses
Hops: Warrior, Amarillo, Cluster

Scratch #16-2008 combines the bitterness of two aroma hops, the lush sweetness of honey and malt and an earthy yeast taste creating a Winter Warmer designed to ward off the coldest days.The dark, rich amber color comes from a combination of molasses and crystal malts; the Thames Valley brings a distinct earthy flavor; while the blend of hops creates fruity (Amarillo) and piney (Cluster) bitterness.The Winter Warmer ends with a slight warming sensation from the elevated alcohol content. Enjoy this one throughout the winter months. Cheers.

Scratch #15 - Double Espresso Oatmeal Stout
O.G.: 16 Plato
A.B.V.: 6%
I.B.U.’s: 45
Malt: Pils, Dark Crystal, Chocolate, Roast
Yeast: House Ale Yeast
Juju: Oats, Espresso Beans
Hops: Galena, Kent Goldings

Scratch #15-2008 is our first collaborative beer in the Scratch series. We teamed up with St. Thomas Roasters of Linglestown to create a Double Espresso Oatmeal Stout.The double in the name refers to the espresso (not the alcohol). Scratch #15’s espresso blend is a medium city-type roast featuring beans from three continents. St. Thomas Roasters roasted and ground the beans; we used them in our hopback. At the end of the boil the hot wort passed through the espresso beans to give a lush coffee espresso nose and hints of coffee flavor.Chocolate, roasted and caramel malt flavors stand out, while the addition of oats gives Scratch #15 a full, round mouth feel. Galena and Ken Goldings hops are added to balance the overall flavor and not drive up the bitterness. The head retention diminishes quickly because of the oils from the espresso beans.

Scratch #14-2008: Saison
O.G.: 15.4 Plato
A.B.V.: 6.7%
I.B.U.’s: 25
Malt: Pils, Munich, Vienna
Yeast: Belgian/Saison Blend
Juju: Ginger
Hops: English Pilgrim, Saaz

Scratch #14-2008 is our interpretation of a farmhouse ale—a once near-extinct winter-brewed (and summer–imbibed) Belgian ale.Our celebratory brew starts with a black pepper and ginger nose. The nicely carbonated brew releases a honey-malt flavor that gives way to a tart crisp finish that masks the elevated ABV.We use a blended yeast strain (Saison Dupont & Le Chouffe) to create the traditional peppery, spicy earthy flavors of the saison. Slight hints of ginger also come through in the finish.Drink it ‘til the wedding bells chime!

Scratch Beer #13-2008: Oktoberfest
O.G.: 12.4 Plato
A.B.V.: 4.9%
I.B.U.’s: 19
Malt: Pils, Munich, Vienna
Yeast: House Lager
Hops: English Pilgrim, Hallertau I

Scratch #13-2008 is all about tradition. This copper lager is reminiscent of what you would find under one of those mammoth tents in Munich this time of year.
A rich trio of Pils, Munich and Vienna malts combined with the light bitterness of noble hops creates this traditional lager beer. We left this one unfiltered to bring out a slight yeast flavor.
Strap on your lederhosen!

Scratch Beer #12-2008: IPA
O.G.: 15.5 Plato
A.B.V.: 6.5%
I.B.U.’s: 75
Malt: Pils, Vienna
Yeast: Thames Valley Ale
Hops: Amarillo, Warrior, Mt. Hood

In our never-ending pursuit of answering the burning question of what’s new, we present Scratch #12-2008, an IPA. The IPA is a fickle beast; too much malt and you veer into a high-octane hopbomb, while too little hops can question a beer’s virility. In these chaotic days of shrinking hop harvests, balance is key to a proper IPA. Scratch #12-2008 delivers an intense pine nose married with a subtle wildflower aroma. The Thames Valley yeast adds an earthy nod to traditional English IPAs, while the American hops provide a bold contrasting bitterness. Breath deep, relax, enjoy.

Scratch #11-2008: Bitter
O.G.: 13 Plato
A.B.V.: 4.9%
I.B.U.’s: 48
Malt: Dark Crystal, Roasted Barley, Extra Special Malt
Yeast: Thames Valley Ale
Hops: East Kent Goldings, Willamette, Chinook

Next up, we present Scratch Beer #11-2008, a Bitter. Back in the day, we used to brew a little number called Tröegs ESB. Even though this beer was retired almost six years ago, we still get numerous Tröegs old-schoolers (Martha) begging for its return.
Well hang onto your boot straps because Scratch #11 is about as close as we can get to the original ESB without firing up the old brew kettle. The Scratch #11 recipe originates from Chris’ stint at England’s University of Sunderland brewing program. After returning to Colorado the brothers drew on Chris’ experience and brewed pilot batches tweaking that recipe. The ESB production recipe has direct bloodlines to these pilot batches.
The Thames Valley ale yeast and the roasted barley create a biscuit flavor with nutty undertones. Combining these flavors with the earthiness of East Kent Golding hops creates one hell of a fine session beer. Take in the deep mahogany beauty of this beer and breathe in the full hoppy nose. It’s not the ESB, but it’s damn special.

Scratch #10-2008: Grand Cru
O.G.: 22 Plato
A.B.V.: 10.2%
I.B.U.’s: 18
Malt: Pils, Crystal
Adjuncts: Molasses, Dememera Sugar
Juju: Orange Peel, Star Anise, Molasses
Yeast: Trappist
Hops: Nugget, German Northern Brewers

The third time just might be the charm—Scratch #10-2008 is our third triple in the Scratch Beer series.This grand cru has been lovingly aged since late-February, yet still unleashes the slightest hint of alcohol heat.Scratch #10-2008 also has a triple flavor inspiration combining the caramel/toffee notes of dememera sugar and molasses, with citrus and licorice flavors created by the orange peel and star anise; lastly we create a peppery/spicy finish with the same trappist yeast has been used in each Scratch Beer Triple.

Scratch # 9---there apparently was not a Scratch # 9...yet. Look for Troegs to revisit this number in the future as the mystery Scratch.

Scratch #8-2008: Release Date: March 11, 2008

Inspiration: Cross between Belgian style Tripel and Gin
O.G.: 21.2 Plato
A.B.V.: 10.1%
I.B.U.’s: 18
Malt: Pils
Juju: Juniper, Coriander, Yarrow Flowers
Yeast: Trappist
Hops: Warrior, Hallertau

Revisiting Scratch #3, we take the same Tripel recipe, add beet and cane sugars to the kettle, and run the wort through our hopback brimming with juniper berries, coriander and yarrow flowers.
Inspired by the herbaceous nose of gin, the berries and flowers give a slight pine/citrus aroma with floral undertones. Scratch #8 has a dry, yeasty finish and noticeable alcohol warming when consumed.

Scratch Beer #7-2008 Release Date: Jan. 19, 2007

Inspiration: Weizenbock
O.G.: 19 Plato
A.B.V.: 7.9%
I.B.U.’s: 18
Malts: Pilsner, Crystal
Wheat: Red, White
Hops: Magnum, German Northern Brewer
Yeast: Hefeweizen

Red and white wheat combined with darker malts add body to this hazy, unfiltered ale. Fermented with the same yeast as DreamWeaver Wheat replicating the pepper, clove and all-spice flavors found in our year-round beer.

Scratch Beer #6-2007 Release Date: Tuesday November 20

Inspiration: Unfiltered Export Lager
O.G.: 12.5 Plato
A.B.V.: 5.1%
I.B.U.’s: 30
Malts: Pilsner, Caramunich, viennaHops: Magnum, Saaz, Hallertau
Yeast: Lager

Old world brewing techniques combine with Noble hops for Scratch #6-2007.This Export Lager features a single stage decoction—a first for Tröegs Brewery. After combining barley and water we transfer a portion of the mash to the brew kettle for a quick boil. The heated mash is then returned to the mash kettle and the brewing process continues. This process deepens the malt character and adds a subtle toffee backbone to this delicious lager.We’ve added Magnum hops for bittering and Czech Saaz hops for aroma to create a classic European Noble hop flavor.
Scratch #6-2007 is unfiltered, so there will be a slight haze to the beer.

Scratch Beer #5-2007 Release Date: Saturday, October 27th

Inspiration: Imperial Oatmeal Stout
O.G.: 23 Plato
A.B.V.: 9.6%
I.B.U.’s: 55
Malts: Dark Crystal, Chocolate, Roast, Oats
Hops: Magnum, German Northern Brewers, Palisade

Enjoy this as a token of our appreciation. With the demise of Tröegs Oatmeal Stout, this long-forgotten recipe serves as an inspiration and a heartfelt thanks to our faithful stout fans.
What’s special here? We start with a seductive malty sweetness, combine it with hints of chocolate and roasted flavors and round out the texture and taste with a healthy helping of oats. A three-hop blend brings perfect balance to the sweet malt adding a dry finish to this big beer.

Scratch Beer #4-2007 Release Date: Friday September 28th
Inspiration: Barleywine
Original Gravity: 25 Plato
ABV: 9.3%
IBU’s: 100-ish
Malts: Pils, Munich, Dark Crystal
Hops: Warrior, Chinook, Simcoe
Yeast: House Ale

Behold Scratch 4-2007, the latest offering from Tröegs Brewing Company’s Scratch Beer Series. Dubbed The Flying Mouflan (for reasons that become clearer toward the bottom of the glass) this strong, alluring ale is two beers in one. Cracking one open this fall season unleashes hops and heat with more than 100 IBU’s emanating from three hop varieties and the sweet burn of 9.2% ABV. The Tröegs Brothers classify this beast as “pushing Nugget Nectar off the side of a cliff”—think hops dipped in candied sugar and rolled in dark chocolate nibs.For virtuous traditionalists who cellar big beers to release their dark secrets, The Flying Mouflan’s palette transforms into lush raisin and chocolate overtones. Cellaring The Flying Mouflan in a cool, dark place at 50 degrees for a minimum of four months will mellow out the hops and wash away the heat. If you can resist temptation, you will be rewarded with two memorable beers in a single bottle.

Scratch Beer 3-2007 - Release Date: July 30, 2007

Inspiration: Belgian style Triple
Alcohol by Volume: 9.5%
Hop Bitterness (IBU's) 28
Color (SRM) Golden
Malts: Euro Pilsner
Hops: Northern Brewer, East Kent Gold, StyrianYeast: Belgian Strong Ale

"For the third scratch beer, we delved into our old Belgian notes and decided to go big for a nice warming feeling when you drink this beer,” says John Trogner. “This unfiltered golden ale is 10.1% abv. It is spicy and quite dry with a hint of noble hops. The yeast is the real flavor in this beer and we used a different yeast strain than we use for The Mad Elf. This yeast creates that drier taste.”

Scratch Beer 2-2007 - Release Date: June 18, 2007

Inspiration: Porter
Alcohol by Volume: 5.9%
Hop Bitterness (IBU's) 55
Color (SRM) Bronze/Black
Malts: Pilsner, Crystal, Dark Crystal, Roast
Hops: Chinock, Palisade, Vanguard

Scratch Beer 1-2007 - A hybrid beer (California Common Beer), will be released on or about April 26. This is a beer we brewed on the back patio on more than one occasion. It became the inspiration for Tröegs Pale Ale.

Original Gravity - 13 Plato
ABV - 5%
IBU's – 35
Malts - Pils, Vienna, Dark Crystal
Hops - Northern Brewer, Willamette, Brewers Gold
Yeast - Lager fermented at Ale temperatures