Owners taking their PA Preferred status to next level with homegrown ingredients as the popular winery & brewery near Hershey celebrates their second year of success in the HHR.
The Vineyard & Brewery at Hershey plants “Brewer’s Garden”
taking PA Preferred Program to next level
The Vineyard & Brewery at Hershey Celebrates 2 Year Anniversary, Revival of 100 Year Old Farm.
Harrisburg, PA – Taking its PA Preferred status to the next level, The Vineyard & Brewery at Hershey has begun planting its new attraction this week – a Brewer’s Garden. Hops, blueberries, corn, watermelons, pumpkins, and a variety of hot peppers are being planted, next to the operation’s vineyard.
Just as the winery operation has its vineyard, the brewery will now have a vineyard-like aspect of its own – for the craft beer side of the operation. All items grown in the garden will be used in future craft beer releases. The area will be artfully landscaped with special options available, upon reservation only, to customers looking for unique craft beer experiences.
“This is how we take ‘drink local’ to the next level,” said Jason Reimer, President of The Vineyard & Brewery at Hershey. “Just as customers want to come out to the vineyard and learn about the grape growing process and enjoy picnics during our Decked-Out Live! concert series, they will now be able to do the same in the Brewer's Garden as they learn more about craft beer. We are ‘PA Preferred’ loud and proud, and this is yet another way we are leading in the ‘drink local’ movement.”
The Vineyard & Brewery at Hershey will use many of these ingredients in its “Special Ops” lineup of small-batch craft beers. The “Special Ops” lineup is assisting the PA National’s Guard’s 131st Transportation Company in reaching their goal of building a memorial at Fort Indiantown Gap in honor of three local fallen heroes – Sgt. Edward Koehler, Staff Sgt. Brian Mowery, and Staff Sgt. Kenneth VanGiesen. The “Special Ops” series includes such unique craft beers as: “Hive of the Tiger” - an orange honey hefeweizen, “Dracarys” - a smoked habanero dragonfruit tripel, “Trop Gun” - a coriander tropical citrus witbier, “Bombed Blondeshell” – a sparkling Moscato blond ale hybrid, and others.
The owners at The Vineyard & Brewery at Hershey like to say they handcraft “the Pennsylvania wine that will change your mind” and artfully crafted microbrews.
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The Vineyard & Brewery at Hershey Celebrates 2 Year Anniversary in February 2014, Revival of 100 Year Old Farm
The Vineyard & Brewery at Hershey marked another milestone on February 1, 2014 with an event that showcased the release of its new vintage of award-winning Sparkling Moscato and an Oatmeal Coffee Stout made with a proprietary blend from Lancaster’s “Mean Cup.”
The Vineyard & Brewery at Hershey was celebrating a long list of accomplishments and launching an exciting list of upcoming plans.
In just two years, The Vineyard & Brewery at Hershey’s great agricultural experiment has revived its long-unused 100 year old Londonderry Township farm and transformed it into a ‘PA Preferred’ champion and powerhouse of artfully-crafted local agricultural products. In just its second year, the winery has more than doubled its sales and production each year, assisted over 100 regional non-profits in fundraising, and lived up to its bold tagline - “The Pennsylvania wine that will change your mind.”
Beyond accomplishing the goal of being the first winery and craft brewery in the same production center in the state of Pennsylvania, the operation has also become well-decorated along the way; winning a silver medal for its Blackberry Port at the Pennsylvania Wines competition, as well as gold, silver and bronze medals at the PA Farm Show wine competition.
The company’s President, Jason Reimer, and Vice President, Michael Wilson, were both named to “Central Penn Business Journal’s Forty Under 40” list, and the organization was also named a finalist as Emerging Business of the Year.
Now having seen over 50,000 visitors in its first two years, The Vineyard & Brewery at Hershey has quickly become a staple attraction that has made a substantial economic and agricultural impact in Dauphin County.
Plans for 2014 include a Brewer’s garden to incorporate various fruits, etc. into craft beers, increasing its on-site educational class offerings, and using its “Special Ops” lineup of craft beer to assist the PA National’s Guard’s 131st Transportation Company in reaching their goal of building a memorial at Fort Indiantown Gap which will honor three local fallen heroes – Sgt. Edward Koehler, Staff Sgt. Brian Mowery, and Staff Sgt. Kenneth VanGiesen.