Perhaps one of the area’s best kept secrets is the diversity of our craft brewery scene. In the Hershey Harrisburg Region, you can have everything from the perfect pilsner to a satisfying stout. The brewers in our region make a beer for every palette. So go ahead, try what you’ve never tried before. And the next time you visit, you’ll have a favorite to come back to.
To get you started on your quest for a quenching cold one, we interviewed four brewers about what inspires their creations, what sets their breweries apart, and why they do what they do.
What started out as a hobby evolved into a profession for Zeroday Brewing Company co-owner Brandalynn Armstrong. The beers she innovates and creates are just as eclectic as the Midtown neighborhood the brewery calls home. A beer that tastes like Nutella? Dulce Vita Chocolate Hazelnut Sweet Stout. Fruity with a spicy kick? Mango Habanero. Slightly reminiscent of gin? D.T.F. Saison (brewed with an actual 6-foot Douglas Fir!). Stop in, try a flight, fill up a growler or take a crowler to go.
Appalachian Brewing Company's (ABC) no bells and whistles approach has kept the brewery thriving through the ever-changing landscape of beer trends. Brewmaster Adam Cole looks for the countertrends. He'll dig out a historic brewing recipe, introduce modern hops, and brew a product that's complex yet approachable. Cole prides himself on mainstream beers everyone can enjoy in a family-centered restaurant environment. With eight staple beers and a rotating selection of new brews, you'll always find something to enjoy at one of ABC's seven locations.
The combination of art and science drew Jeff Musselmen to brewing beer which aligns perfectly with the Millworks restaurant which houses over 20 artist studios. This Midtown community hub focuses on incorporating Central PA agriculture into all of its menu items, including the beer. Musselman uses local hop and herb suppliers for a uniquely regional flavor. He also takes inspiration from the menu, staff collaboration, and even customer requests. It's hard to find a beer more local than those brewed at Millworks. Grab a pint and peruse the art gallery before, or after, you grab a fantastic farm to table meal.
These days, John Trogner (and his co-owner/brother Chris) is living a brewer's dream. What started out as a small-scale operation in their house has grown into a brand with national recognition brewed right in Hershey. Years ago, John couldn't imagine a time when someone would order his beer at a bar. Now, he revels in a time when he can brew anything he thinks of. While he's inspired by traveling the world, he's still very much influenced by local ingredients in Pennsylvania. He likens the flavors of Tröegs to "tasting your back yard." The brewery is a must-stop for any beer-lover visiting our region. Explore Tröegs' brewing process on their self-guided or guided tours, listed as one of the top 10 in USA Today.
Mango Habenero Pale Ale - Zeroday Brewing Company | Troegenator - Tröegs Brewery
Sunshine Pils -Tröegs Brewery | Homestead Lager - Millworks | Mountain Lager - ABC
Hoppy Mountain Blonde - ABC | Prima Pilsner - Victory Brewing Company