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Protecting the Kittatinny Ridge

A portion of proceeds from our new Trail Day pale ale are supporting the purchase of land critical to clean water, rich forests and safe migratory passage

We’ve teamed up with the Pennsylvania chapter of The Nature Conservancy to protect Pennsylvania’s Kittatinny Ridge, an ecologically important 185-mile chain of forested Appalachian mountains that runs through Pennsylvania.

A portion of proceeds from our brand new dry-hopped pale ale Trail Day will go toward the Tröegs Trail Day Fund to help protect 15,000 acres of the most critical, connected lands on and next to the ridge – from the Mason-Dixon Line into New York state through the Delaware Water Gap.

The goal is to ensure that songbirds, hawks, eagles, bears and even plants can travel as they must, and that nature will continue to provide clean streams, rich forests, recreational trails and biological diversity.

Trail Day, developed through our small-batch Scratch Series, starts with barley, oats and unmalted Pennsylvania wheat. Citra hops dominate with notes of passionfruit and lychee, Lotus adds hints of orange rind and vanilla, and El Dorado works with a fruit-forward yeast to pull in flavors of candied peach.

The beer is available throughout Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Ohio, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Washington and North Carolina.

Protecting the Kittatinny Ridge is a priority for The Nature Conservancy in Pennsylvania. This forested corridor allows wildlife to move north or south and has been identified as the most resilient landscape in the state for adapting to a changing climate. Working with local, state and federal partners, TNC is working to conserve more than 15,000 acres over the next three years.

“We grew up in the shadow of the Kittatinny Ridge and it passes within 10 miles of the brewery,” says Tröegs founding brother Chris Trogner, “so we know this land well. And few things are more important to brewing beer than clean water. We’re proud to be working with The Nature Conservancy to help protect a place that does so much for Pennsylvania and beyond.”

“We are thrilled to be working with Tröegs in protecting an area so critical for Pennsylvania wildlife,” said Keith Fisher, director of conservation for The Nature Conservancy in Pennsylvania. “The Kittatinny Ridge holds recreational opportunities for hikers, anglers, boaters and is a rich natural resource that we must protect for future generations.”

To build awareness for the Ridge, The Nature Conservancy and Tröegs sponsored the creation of a mural in Harrisburg, located at 512 N. 3rd St., across the street from the capitol. Created by artist Emily Ding as part of this year’s HBG Mural Fest, the mural depicts birds that live and migrate along the Kittatinny Ridge, reminding people of the beauty and importance of the wild lands that are in their backyard.