Proceeds from the sale of a beer brewed in central Pennsylvania will help preserve a 185-mile swath of forested Appalachian mountains in that part of the state.
On Monday, Hershey-based Tröegs Independent Brewing released its Trail Day Pale Ale. Proceeds from sales of the dry-hopped ale will be placed in the company’s Trail Day fund, dedicated to protecting the Kittatinny Ridge, 15,000 acres of land adjacent to the Appalachian mountain chain that stretches from the Mason-Dixon Line into New York State through the Delaware Water Gap.
The beer is brewed using unmalted Pennsylvania wheat, along with barley, oats and Citra, Lotus and El Dorado hops. It will be available throughout Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Ohio.
The effort is a partnership with The Nature Conservancy.
“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.”
The partnership grew out of a desire to curb creeping development from areas like Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and Harrisburg.
“The Kittatinny Ridge works as a refuge and a corridor because it is unfragmented, with few major roads or developments. For the Ridge to play its vital role in helping nature adapt to climate change, it must stay that way,” Nature Conservancy officials wrote in a post on their website. “Interruptions in forest cover created by residential and commercial projects, highways and energy development can be insurmountable barriers to nature’s movements.”
For Chris Trogner, one of Tröegs’ founding members, the Kittatinny Ridge is a feature he can trace back to his childhood.
“We grew up in the shadow of the Kittatinny Ridge and it passes within 10 miles of the brewery, so we know this land well,” Trogner said “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.”