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Date: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED. Please email Sarah Messer, with any questions.
Where: Tröegs Independent Brewing, Tasting Loft
Address: 200 E Hershey Park Dr., Hershey, PA 17033

Local Club Guidelines

The competition is open to the below listed eight local clubs and individuals selected via lottery on Wednesday, January 29:

Regional Harrisburg Area Brewers (ReHAB) – Camp Hill, PA
York Area Homebrewers Association (YAHA) – York, PA
All-Grain Gangters – South Central, PA
Southern County Amateur Brewing Society (SCABS) – South Central, PA
Lancaster Brewers Club – Lancaster, PA
Lebanon Area Fermenters
Wort Mongers – Lancaster, Lebanon, and Dauphin Counties
the Saccharomyces Saints – Harrisburg, PA


We cannot accept recipes for bacterially soured beers, Brettanomyces beers, beers brewed with artificial flavorings or ingredients, or beers requiring extended aging (more than 60 days or aging in barrels) for brewing on our system.
All special ingredients (besides grain, hops, water and yeast) must be deemed exempt from requiring federal approval. You can check this by reviewing the list from the TTB’s 2015 ruling.
The use of artificial ingredients/flavoring usage may void the winning beer. In which case, the runner-up beer will be selected.


Judging will be held on Sunday, March 15, 2020 in the Tasting Loft at Tröegs Independent Brewery. Additional details will be sent out closer to the date of competition.
The winning recipe will be brewed in collaboration with Tröegs Independent Brewing and released in the Tasting Room on National Homebrew Day – Thursday, May 7, 2020.
Each competitor is permitted to bring one guest.
Competitors must be present for the entire competition sampling. Equipment and beer cannot be stored before or after the competition ends.
The winning brewer will receive one (1) corny keg in the 2021 competition.
The runner-up brewer will receive one (1) corny key in the 2021 competition.
Tröegs representatives and trained ambassadors will be on-hand to assist with pouring as needed. Competitors are encouraged to network and sample other beers throughout the event.
Tröegs Tasting Loft Kitchen will be open with limited menu items for purchase; additional food will also be available for purchase at the downstairs Snack Bar.
At least 5 gallons must be provided for each entry.

The Winning Beer

It is not guaranteed that the winning beer will be the exact beer that we make on our brewhouse. The winning brewer will collaborate with our brewers on a final recipe formulation based on the winning beer style.
Tröegs Independent Brewing will secure all ingredients for the collaboration brew at our brewhouse. There may need to be significant ingredient substitutions based on our ability to use certain ingredients and/or their availability.


You do not have to be a member of a homebrewing club to enter.
Employees of Tröegs Independent Brewing and their family members are not eligible to compete.
If you live outside of Tröegs distribution footprint, we are sorry, but we cannot accept your entry.

Dates to know

Wort must be picked up from the brewery on Sunday, February 2, 2020. Wort cannot be shipped.
Beer descriptions not received by Monday, March 9, 2020 will be disqualified from the competition.
Competitors must be present for the entire sampling competition on Sunday, March 8, 2020.

What’s Provided

Brewers must provide all draft serving equipment for the competition on Sunday, March 15, 2020.
Rinsing Stations will be set-up throughout the room.
Tröegs will provide signage, table, and ice.
Guests will receive a sampling glass upon arrival.

If I’m just tasting, can I show up the day of the competition without an RSVP?
This event will be ticketed for brewers and one guest only. We are not able to accept any reservations or walk-ins for this event.
Can I enter my beer in the contest if I don’t belong to a homebrew club?
Due to limited space, and lots of homebrew clubs, individuals who wish to participate must enter the lottery on Facebook & Twitter during the week of January 27th. All beers in the competition must be brewed with LolliHop wort obtained from Tröegs Independent Brewing.
What if I register for the contest but find out later I can’t pick up the wort?
Please let us know AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Due to the limited amount of wort available, we don’t want anyone to miss out, and will choose another lottery winner to receive it.
Can I change the name of my beer after submitting it?
Yes! Just let us know no later than Monday, March 9, to ensure we have time to print the correct signs and tasting sheets.
How come I can’t obtain wort if I’m not in one of the homebrew clubs?
We have limited space. To be fair to our community, we keep it pretty local and offer individuals the opportunity to participate via lottery.
I don’t have keg equipment. Can I just submit my beer in bottles?
Yes, but please be sure you have enough beer for two hours of sampling.
I live near the brewery and pass it every day. Can I please bring my beer in advance of the event?
Sorry, that’s not possible. ALL beers must be brought the day of the event.
My keg is flat. Can you carbonate it for me?
No, that’s not possible, sorry. Check your beer before you drop it off to make sure it’s carbonated the way you’d like. It cannot be altered on-site at the competition.
Why do you limit the number of entires?
We need to ensure that all attendees sample all the beers in time to vote. In the interest of making it a less-crowded, more relaxed and well-organized event, and remain fair to the homebrewers competing, we feel it’s imperative to limit the number of competing beers.