“Winning one is a tremendously good feeling, so winning two was quite an honor,” said Troegs general manager Ed Yashinsky. “It’s always nice to be recognized for these kinds of things.”
Troegs won a bronze, left, and a gold medal at the 2013 Great American Beer Festival in Devner. (Photo courtesy of Troegs Brewing Co.)
Yashinsky said Troegs has been sending beers to the GABF for about eight years. Including this year, Troegs’s beers have won 17 medals, with Troegenator leading the way with six (four gold). Sunshine Pils has won four medals.
Last year was a banner year for Troegs at the GABF. Three of its beers – DreamWeaver Wheat, HopBack Amber Ale and Sunshine Pils – won gold medals leading to Troegs being named mid-size brewery of the year.
“We’ve been nicely successful,” Yashinsky said. “We’re most proud because the beers that we’re winning with, most are brewed year-round, and we’re sending bottles right off the line. So to win in those categories says a lot about the quality of beer that we put out.”
In addition to the GABF wins, the past year has been quite eventful for Troegs. Read my recent blog post about some of the happenings on East Hersheypark Drive.
A line of Troegenator Double Bock beers move along the bottling line at Troegs brewery in Hershey in 2012. (Photo by Brad Rhen)
Statewide, Pennsylvania breweries brought home a total of 13 medals from the GABF this year. Sly Fox Brewing Co., which has breweries in Chester and Montgomery counties, and Yards Brewing Co. of Philadelphia both won two medals.
Presented by the Brewers Association, the GABF is the largest commercial beer competition in the world. This year’s competition featured 4,809 entries from 732 breweries, hailing from 49 states, and Washington, D.C. Medals were awarded in 84 beer categories covering 138 different beer styles. Winners were announced on Oct. 12.