There’s always an air of excitement surrounding each year’s release of Tröegs Brewing Co.’s seasonal Nugget Nectar. And typically there’s a sense of disappointment too, as the short supply makes it increasingly difficult to obtain the coveted imperial amber ale. This year when it starts showing up on taps and store shelves after February 16, things are going to be a little different. Since the brothers Trogner relocated their base of operations from its home in Harrisburg to a much larger facility in Hershey, all the Tröegs brews are benefiting from the bigger brewery’s ability to produce greater quantities. And in the case of Nugget Nectar, that output has been upped by more than 25 percent than last year. “In Philadelphia you’re going to see more across the boards, kegs and cases,” Tröegs Brewery Manager Ed Yashinsky told Grub. “So hopefully it won’t run out as quickly this year.”
Even though the new Hershey-based facility has been in operation for six months, the Trogners this week have it running at its full capacity for the first time. “A lot of people thought that when we opened the new brewery, we would be able to double our production,” Yashinsky said. “But in reality, we’re still juggling tanks and everything else.”
Now with things humming along and much more smoothly, Yashinsky believes that even larger production runs for Tröegs beers are in the future. “Our goal every year is to make more,” Ed Yashinsky. “But at the same time, with a seasonal we are always limited by the calendar.”
So, ultimately there’s going to be more Nugget Nectar available, but its short lifespan will mostly remain the same.
You’d better hoard some while you can.