Victory Brewing Company Introduces Black Forest Cake Stout

BB7_12ozBottle_webtransVictory Brewing Company (Downingtown, Pennsylvania) has officially released Black Forest Cake Stout with Cherry as the seventh installment in its Blackboard Series.

To the delight of all the Stout lovers out there, Black Forest Cake Stout with Cherry surfaces as the first truly decadent, dessert-focused release in Victory Brewing’s Blackboard Series, a rotating lineup that combines Victory’s “award winning brewing techniques alongside . . . deliciously fresh ingredients” to result in “distinctive beers . . . that are a creative craft riff on restaurant blackboard specials.”  Mimicking the flavors of the classic German confection, Black Forest Cake Stout (7.5% ABV) is infused with cherries to create a flavor profile that features “roasted malt [balancing] out lush cherry flavor and [ending] with a bittersweet finish.”

Black Forest Cake Stout is out now and available for a limited time in 12 oz. bottles on draft.  You can expect to find this Blackboard Series release at select craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and throughout the rest of Victory Brewing Company’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Black Forest Cake Stout with Cherry from Victory Brewing Company

Release – Limited/Blackboard Series, October 2017 to ?
Style – American Stout
ABV – 7.5%
Malts – Pilsner, Chocolate, Pale Chocolate & Dark Caramel
Hops – Cascade
Added Ingredients – Cherry
Availability – 12 oz. bottles & draft
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Victory Brewing Company Goes National with Home Grown New American Lager

HG_12oz_Bottle_RC(RBG)Victory Brewing Company (Downingtown, Pennsylvania) recently announced that it has officially added Home Grown New American Lager to its portfolio of Year-Round offerings.

In attempt to redefine “what an American lager can be to both craft and domestic drinkers”, Victory Brewing Company has developed Home Grown New American Lager by staying true to its “brewing principal of combining European tradition and American ingenuity.”  With an impressive hop bill consisting of six varieties of 100% American whole-flower hops (Azacca, Cascade, Centennial, Chinook, Citra, and Mosaic), this 4.8% ABV “hoppy Lager . . . features inviting aromatic notes of pine, citrus, and hop resins that melds perfectly with flavors of tangerine citrus and slight maltiness.”

“Our goal has always been to deliver beers to you that offer satisfying comfort. But, we never overlook the excitement of bold twists and nuanced flavors. Look for Home Grown to deliver all of the above as the crisp lager body supports an aromatic and delicious blaze of whole flower American hop glory.”


– Bill Covaleski, Co-Founder & Brewmaster at Victory Brewing Company

Home Grown New American Lager is currently available in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.  Beginning in August, the brewery will expand this gradual roll out “further south and west, eventually hitting Victory’s entire 35 state footprint.”  Once it hits your area, you can expect to find this new Year-Round available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles (suggested retail price of $9.99 each), 12-packs of 12 oz. bottles (suggested retail price of $18 each), and on draft.  Prost!

Vital Information for Home Grown New American Lager from Victory Brewing Company

Release – Year-Round, expanded distribution roll out begins August 2017
Style – American Lager
ABV – 4.8%
Malt – Pilsner & CaraPils
Hops – Centennial, Mosaic, Azacca, Cascade, Chinook & Citra
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 12-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
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Victory Brewing Packages Sour Monkey in 6-packs, Set to Release Sour Monkey Remix

vbcsourmonkeyremixMonkey Madness continues at Victory Brewing Company (Downingtown, Pennsylvania) with the announcements that Sour Monkey is now available year-round in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and Sour Monkey Remix will see its first limited release on Friday, January 20.

As of January 1, Sour Monkey has officially returned in 2017 as a Year-Round offering from Victory Brewing.  Not only is it rocking this new portfolio designation, it is also sporting some new packaging in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles.  This was all made possible thanks to the many craft beer fans that just could not get enough of this “tastefully tart twist” on Golden Monkey, the brewery’s wildly popular Belgian-style Tripel.  Starting with the same base recipe as Golden Monkey, Sour Monkey gets a funky, tart and sour character by way of an introduction to lactobacillus and a “secondary fermentation with two strains of Brettanomyces yeast.”  This results in a surprisingly easy-drinking, 9.5% ABV Sour Brett Tripel that boasts “a sharp, citrus-laden tang [that] makes this brew a Monkey all its own!”  Sour Monkey 6-packs are available now at craft beer retailers in Alabama, Florida and throughout the rest of Victory’s 35 state distribution footprint for the suggested retail price of $11.99 (price may vary by location).

Victory Brewing plans to take Monkey mania to another level on January 20 by introducing their fans to a new variant of Sour Monkey that has been aptly named Sour Monkey Remix.  This version continues the evolution of Golden Monkey by aging Sour Monkey in Chardonnay barrels.  This process adds depth to the brew by imparting “aromas of white oak and vanilla” and “tart, lemon flavors and oak from the barrels.”  Once completed, Sour Monkey Remix ultimately comes together to be “a very balanced and drinkable beer with a bone-dry finish.”  On Friday, January 20, Victory Brewing will release a limited supply of Sour Monkey Remix on draft and in 750ml bottles ($22 each) exclusively at their Downingtown, Kennett Square and Parkesburg brewpub locations.  This offering will not see distribution and will not last long.

Sour Monkey Remix will most likely prove to be a tough get (as it should be), but we can all easily find solace in the fact that we now have access to sixers of Sour Monkey all year long.  That’s a pretty fantastic consolation in my book.  Prost!

Vital Information for Sour Monkey from Victory Brewing Company

Release – Year-Round as of January 1, 2017
Style – American Wild Ale
ABV – 9.5%
Malts – Pilsner
Hops – Tettnang Tettnang
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
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Vital Information for Sour Monkey Remix from Victory Brewing Company

Release – Extremely Limited, Brewpub-only release beginning on January 20
Style – American Wild Ale
ABV – 9.5%
Malts – Pilsner
Hops – German Tettnang Tettnang
Treatment – Aged in Chardonnay barrels
Availability – 750ml bottles & draft

Tasting Notes: Selene Saison from Victory Brewing Company

victory_selenesaison_tapsticker_060916This week’s Tasting Notes journeys into the dark side of Saisons with a look at Selene Saison from Victory Brewing Company (Downingtown, Pennsylvania).

Created as the sister beer to Helios Belgian Farmhouse Ale from Victory Brewing, Selene Saison is a dark example of the style filled with notes of “chocolate and clove funk, while rye blends with herbal and spicy whole flower East Kent Goldings hops to produce a smooth finish.” In order to add even more dynamic depth to the brew, fermentation was achieved with Blaugies and two strains of the wild Brettanomyces yeast.  Selene Saison was released back in the fall as a limited offering available in 750ml bottles and on draft.  Although it has been several months since this beer made its debut, there is always a chance of stumbling across a few bottles sitting on shelves throughout Victory Brewing’s 35 state distribution area.  With those particulars now covered, it is time to pop this cork and get into some Tasting Notes!

Tasting Notes for Selene Saison from Victory Brewing Company

Appearance: Selene presents herself as an incredibly dark brown, seemingly black color.  Held to direct light, the deep brown hues gain strength and push through with more force at the top and bottom of the glass. Although opaque, a lively carbonation can be seen coursing at the edges.  A gentle pour resulted in two, fast building fingers of dark tan head that proves to have wonderful retention.  The foam has a good amount of stick to it and sheets the glass with lace.

Aroma: Clove and barnyard funk pleasantly greet the nose first.  Dark fruits, black cherry, banana and freshly cut grain rise gently and mingle nicely with the funk.  Complexity abounds as rich leather, spicy rye and earthy hops round off the aroma.  Everything here is enticing and fresh.  A good descriptor of these aromatics is comforting . . . soothing even.

Taste: When it comes to flavor, Selene proves to be a different, but equally beautiful creature.  The solid malt profile establishes itself first with notes of fresh grain, earthy rye and dark chocolate.  The earthiness of the rye provides a smooth transition to the musty funk character – tobacco, wet wood, and barnyard – of the yeast.  Clove steadily emerges alongside spicy and herbal hop tones to finish off each sip.

Mouthfeel: This Saison is medium bodied with a medium to high carbonation level.  This allows the beer to have a slightly creamy texture while still drinking like a much lighter brew.  The ABV is light in presence and only displays a soft tinge of heat at times.  The beer dries out slowly and nicely.  The remaining aftertaste is nothing but the beautiful funk supplied by the yeast strains.

Final Thoughts: Selene Saison is powerful and striking right from the pour.  The aroma is a wonderful balance of pronounced intensity and inviting comfort.  Just as each inhale makes you feel like you have this brew figured out, the flavors have their own direction and unique characteristics.  This being the case, somehow everything still manages to come together into an alluringly cohesive experience. Although the choice to take on a dark Saison adds some complications to many purists of the style, Selene shows off just enough Saison character to keep everyone happy.  That said, this stunner’s overall intention is to break the mold by teasing the drinker with a ridiculous amount of unexpected twists and turns.  Mesmerizing.  Tantalizing. Gorgeously executed.  Prost!

Contest: Monkey Tales from Victory Brewing Company

gm-logo_tulipVictory Brewing Company (Downingtown, Pennsylvania) recently launched the “Monkey Tales” social media contest to learn the Golden Monkey fueled memories of their fans and hook them up with some sweet schwag in the process.

Not only is Golden Monkey Belgian-style Tripel the most popular brand at Victory Brewing, but it has also been a ubiquitous, go-to offering for craft beer lovers since it launched in 1997.  Brewed with whole flower European hops, imported malts and Belgian yeast, fans have gravitated to this beer again and again to revel in an experience that is “playfully delightful and profoundly satisfying.”

Since they have enjoyed countless memorable experiences with a Golden Monkey in-hand, the folks at Victory Brewing Company realized that their fans must have their fair share as well.  With that thought, the Monkey Tales social media contest was born.  Whether it be “in the form of personal anecdotes, extraordinary observations or epic memories,” the brewery wants to hear your Golden Monkey story in the form of imaginative photo and video submissions.  All you have to do is document your personal attachment to this delicious craft beer and submit it to by October 10, 2016 (click here to do so).  

“My Golden Monkey tale will be different from what others have experienced because I see the monkey through a slightly different lens,” said Founder and Brewmaster, Bill
Covaleski. “However, we all have fallen in love with the spirit and the soul of this
delicious and powerful ale because it resonates with so many craft beer fans. I can’t
wait to see what this contest will bring.”

To find a winner, Victory Brewing will use a panel of six judges over the time span of October 11 – October 14 to select five photo and five video finalists.  Each submission will be judged utilizing the following parameters: originality (25%), creativity of presentation (25%), appropriateness to the ‘Monkey Tales’ theme (30%) and positive public appeal through likes, shares and comments (20%).  Once the ten finalists are selected, the fans of Victory Brewing Company will then vote to name the Grand Prize Winner for photo and the Grand Prize Winner for video.  Winners will be announced on October 29 and will be eligible to receive prize packs featuring “rare, exclusive Golden Monkey memorabilia ranging from autographed banners to Golden Monkey posters.”  Click here to read up on the full list of rules and dates.

Get to work on those photos and videos, and be sure to have them ready for submission by October 10.  If you need some inspiration or just want to make a new memory, you can find Golden Monkey Belgian-style Tripel on shelves year-round in Alabama, Florida and throughout Victory’s distribution footprint.  Look for it at craft beer-friendly establishments on draft, in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans or bottles for the suggested retail price of $11.99 or in 750ml bottles for the suggest retail price of $9.99 (price may vary upon location).  Prost!

Vital Information on Golden Monkey Belgian-style Tripel from Victory Brewing Company

Style – Tripel
Availability – Year-round
ABV – 9.5%
Malt – Imported 2-row
Hops – Whole flower European hops and coriander seed
Packaging – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, 750 ml caged-and-corked bottles, & draft
Serving Suggestions: 

  • Have the ale chilled below 45° F
  • Have clean, wide-mouth glasses or chalices ready
  • Tilt bottle slowly into glass making certain that pour is sufficiently vigorous to raise a foamy head.
  • Try to avoid pouring the last dregs as the yeast sediment is not the most favorable part of this beer.
  • Savor the experience slowly as the ale warms

Selene Saison to Make its Debut for Victory Brewing

selenesaison_750mlbottle_rctransVictory Brewing Company (Downingtown, Pennsylvania) announced this week that they are set to launch their newest specialty offering, Selene Saison.

As the sister beer to Helios Belgian Farmhouse Ale from Victory Brewing, Selene Saison has arrived to explore the darker side of the Saison style.  This Dark Saison leads with notes of “chocolate and clove funk, while rye blends with herbal and spicy whole flower East Kent Goldings hops to produce a smooth finish.”  In order to add even more dynamic depth to the brew, fermentation is achieved with Blaugies and two strains of the wild Brettanomyces yeast.  All of this comes together to create a wonderfully “complex and captivating celestial ale.”

“When we were dreaming up Selene Saison we had a great canvas in Helios Ale. Because Farmhouse-styles focus on individuality, we had a lot of creative license to make an enjoyable, yet completely unique, Saison. We wanted to showcase the dark side foil against the sunny side of Helios which resulted in a delicious, wild-fermented celebration of the season for all to enjoy,” says Bill Covaleski, Founder and Brewmaster of Victory Brewing Company.

Selene Saison is officially available now at craft beer establishments in Alabama, Florida and throughout Victory’s 35 state distribution area.  Look for this one on shelves in 750 ml bottles for the suggested retail price of $9 per bottle (price may vary upon location) and pouring on draft.  Get your bottles while you can because Selene Saison will only be hanging around while supplies last.  Prost!

Vital Information on Selene Saison from Victory Brewing Company

Availability – Limited/Specialty, available September 1st
Style – Dark Saison/Farmhouse-style Ale
ABV – 7.5%
Malts – Pilsner, Pale Chocolate, Rye & Chocolate
Hops – East Kent Goldings
Packaging – 750 ml bottles (suggested retail price of $9) and on draft
Fun Fact – Helios is named for the Greek God of the Sun.  His sister is Selene, Goddess of the Moon. 

Victory Brewing Festbier returns for its 20th Season

fb_12ozbottle_webtransVictory Brewing Company (Downingtown, Pennsylvania) announced this week that Festbier Oktoberfest Amber Lager is officially ready to make its seasonal return to shelves and taps.

The origin of Festbier dates back to 1996 when it was the first beer ever brewed by Victory Brewing Company.  Twenty years later, this Oktoberfest Amber Lager continues to celebrate the brewery’s rich tradition of German-style offerings.  Festbier starts with Two-Row Vienna and Munich German malts that undergo a decoction brewing process, “a traditional technique in central European brewing which produces the deliciously malty flavors for which German beers are best known.”  This treatment gives the beer an impressive, full body and “subtly sweet” malt character.  Whole flower German hops provide the level of balance needed for such a full-flavored, smooth brew.

“Festbier has a special place in my heart, as it expresses the purpose of beer, as a source of comfort and conviviality, so well,” said Founder and Brewmaster, Bill Covaleski. “It was the very first beer we ever brewed at Victory. We knew we wanted to create a true Oktoberfest lager and the pride I have in that first beer still powers me, and all our brewers, to continue to create good, thoughtfully crafted beers that will not only quench the thirst of our fans, but make every dinner, party or chat with a friend over a pint that much more enjoyable.”

Festbier is a seasonal release that is available now and will be hanging around through the autumn months.  You can find this offering on draft and in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles for the suggested retail price of $9.99 (price may vary upon location).  Pick up your sixer at craft beer retailers in Alabama, Florida and throughout Victory Brewing’s distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Festbier Oktoberfest Amber Lager from Victory Brewing Company

Availability – Seasonal, late summer through autumn
ABV – 5.6%
Malts – Imported 2 row Vienna & Munich German malts
Hops – Whole flower German hops
Packaging – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft

Tasting Notes: Berliner Weisse with Elderflower from Victory Brewing

BWwElderVBCWith these insanely hot days still lingering into September, this segment of Tasting Notes is all about refreshment by taking a look at Blackboard #3: Berliner Weisse with Elderflower from Victory Brewing Company (Downingtown, Pennsylvania).

Berliner Weisse with Elderflower is the third installment in Victory Brewing’s Blackboard series, a new lineup that “unifies craft beer with market-fresh culinary inspirations similar to specials found on a blackboard in restaurants.”  Just as the very descriptive name implies, this Berliner is a “wheat ale brewed with Hallertauer Hallertau hops” and infused with the essence of elderflower.  Floral, earthy, lightly tart and crisp, this brew is all about easy drinking refreshment.  You can find Blackboard #3: Berliner Weisse with Elderflower now through September in Alabama, Florida and throughout Victory’s 37 state distribution footprint.  Look for this one at craft beer-friendly establishments in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles for the suggested retail price of $9.99 (price may vary upon location).  You now have the details, and I’d like a beer.  Let’s get into some Tasting Notes!

Tasting Notes for Blackboard #3: Berliner Weisse with Elderflower from Victory Brewing Company

Appearance: Berliner Weisse with Elderflower hits the glass as a pale, lemony yellow in color that has a fair amount of haze to it.  Held to the light, the yellows brighten a touch but remain pretty consistent.  Carbonation activity is high and makes haste throughout the body. The pour produced a little over a finger of white head that fades quickly to a pencil-thin ring that hugs the edge of the glass.  There is very little lace to note or mention.  This is pretty much exactly what one might expect to see when a Berliner is put in front of them.

Aroma: Things begin here with all of the aromas synonymous with American-made Berliners these days.  An earthy and grainy wheat presence leads the way for the twang and tartness of the lacto.  What allows this beer to stand apart is the lightly sweet and floral notes blooming from that elderflower addition.  It may be subtle, but it provides just enough unique qualities to pique the interest of the drinker.  This brew certainly has my attention.

Taste: A spot on portrayal of a Berliner Weisse here as well.  The lemony, tart character of the lacto grabs your tastebuds right out of the gate.  The wheat provides a solid base of grain, but it gracefully keeps the malt levels light and even.  The floral and lightly sweet elderflower provides a kiss of dynamics that also lends a touch of honeysuckle and vanilla notes.  The flavors start expected and finish surprising.  In doing so, the taste comes together as alluring and satisfying.

Mouthfeel: Light in body with a high carbonation level to it, this brew is effortlessly easy drinking.  It is tart on the palate, and it dries out crisp and clean.  I was a bit worried about the slightly higher than normal (for the style) 5.2% ABV, but it is completely hidden from sight.  The aftertaste is all tart lemon and floral tones.

Final Thoughts: It is not at all surprising that the German beer style-lovin’ brewers at Victory Brewing Company nailed a Berliner Weisse, but I’ll just go ahead and say for the record that this is truly a fantastic representation.  The base beer is absolutely on point and the decision to include elderflower was a perfect choice to complement every aspect of the beer.  The floral notes work in harmony with the tart citrus, and the light sweetness draws out earthy tones and that lovely, subtle vanilla presence.  Blackboard #3: Berliner Weisse with Elderflower is quietly complex and incredibly satisfying thanks to the massive amount of drinkability it possesses.  Simply put: a beautiful beer that is a ridiculously good choice in a summer release for both the brewer and the drinker.  Prost!

Sour Monkey returns for Victory Brewing Company

SM_750Bottle_RC(RGB)Victory Brewing Company (Downingtown, Pennsylvania) announced this week that Sour Monkey Sour Brett Tripel is returning to craft beer shelves this month.

It may be the sister beer to the Victory Brewing staple Golden Monkey Belgian-style Tripel, but Sour Monkey Sour Brett Tripel has certainly made a name for itself since it debuted back in 2015.  This offering starts with that Tripel base of whole flower hops, Pilsner malts and coriander, and even gets a primary fermentation with the Westmalle yeast strain that is so present and beloved in Golden Monkey.  Sour Monkey then sees a secondary fermentation with brettanomyces and other “non-standard yeast varieties” to achieve its sharp tart note and signature funkiness.  This offering comes together as a  9.5% ABV ale that is sure to challenge and delight your palate with each sip taken.

Sour Monkey is available for a limited time in 750 ml bottles for the suggested retail price of $9 (price may vary upon location).  Look for this offering to turn up any day now at select craft beer-friendly establishments in Alabama, Florida and throughout Victory’s 37 state distribution area.  Sour Ales are ridiculously popular right now, so be sure to snag yourself a bottle of Sour Monkey before it disappears with a quickness.  Prost!

Vital Information on Sour Monkey Sour Brett Tripel from Victory Brewing Company

Release – Seasonal, August 2016 release
ABV – 9.5%
Hops – Whole Flower Tettnang Tettnang
Malt – Pilsner
Packaging – 750 ml bottles for suggested retail price of $9

Tasting Notes: Cage Radler from Victory Brewing Company

CageRadlerlogoNow that things have gotten settled with the establishment of this site, it is finally time to get into a little Tasting Notes action thanks to Cage Radler from Victory Brewing Company (Downingtown, Pennsylvania).

Before we get to the sampling of this tasty liquid, we should probably cover some background information on Cage Radler.  This offering is Victory Brewing’s take on the historic beer cocktail that combines fine German-style beer with citrus soda or juice.  Cage Radler starts with a base of a Light Lager and adds “fresh lemon” to take things to another level of quenching drinkability.  The finished beer comes in at a more than sessionable 3% ABV that is absolutely the perfect call for warm weather drinking.  You can find Cage Radler in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans (suggested retail price of $9.99) and in 12 oz. bottles found exclusively in Victory’s Summer Selection’s Variety 12- Pack.  This offering is available in Alabama, Florida and throughout Victory Brewing’s 37 state distribution footprint all summer long.  Now that we have that covered, let’s get to the fun part and jot down some Tasting Notes!

Tasting Notes for Cage Radler from Victory Brewing Company

Appearance: Cage Radler pours up a very hazy, matte yellow in color.  When held to the light, the yellows brighten a bit but still holds the haze and pale appearance.  To put the look in perspective, this brew is a bit lighter in color than say a traditional German wheat beer, but it definitely displays the cloudiness with pride and great form.  Through that haze, you can spot a lively and speedy carbonation activity streaming throughout the body.  The pour produced a loose finger of bright white foam that quickly withdraws to a much tighter, thin top cap.  Spots of lace do find some stick from time to time, but most of it just slowly slips back into that cap.  This Radler certainly looks great and just as I hoped it would.

Aroma: The aromatic notes kicking around in here are light, but still present and discernible nonetheless. The first note that grabs you is a clean lemon juice aroma with just a touch of sugar.  Basically, it is coming across as a really nice and freshly squeezed lemonade.  The malts and hops are muted, but you can find some Pilsner graininess hiding behind that lemon.  On just scent alone, this offering is hinting at being an incredibly nice balance of beer to soda-like qualities.

Flavor: First thing I can say about this beer is that it is quite clean in flavor and completely lives up to what one would expect from a Radler.  That lemonade note spotted in the aroma definitely translates to the taste with lovely lemon and citrus notes attacking the tongue.  It does push the boundaries of sweetness from time to time, but it holds the line and absolutely crushes it when it comes to refreshment.  That Pils base is no slouch either, coming in to level off the sweetness with some grain and a nice earthy hoppiness to lend a grace of bitterness.  Fantastically put together here by going with a straight forward flavor profile that strives for refreshment with just the right amount of complexity to be found if you want to look for it.

Mouthfeel: Cage Radler is wonderfully light and easy drinking, but still somehow avoids feeling watered down or resembling the lemon-flavored malternatives out there.  The carbonation level is high and up there to boost that quenching ability.  This offering may be sweet at times, but it dries out quickly and cleanly.  Aftertaste is all lemonade and/or lemon-lime soda.

Final Thoughts:  If the German-style lovin’ brewers at Victory Brewing Company are going to tackle a Radler, you just know that they are going to do it right.  In all categories, Cage Radler just comes together as liquid perfection when it comes to summer drinking.  It has just enough ABV to give you that reassurance that you are definitely sipping on a well-crafted beer, but it remains easy drinking and soda-like enough to be the highly drinkable and quenching beverage you need to beat the heat.  The name of the game when developing a Radler is satisfying drinkability.  With that said, Cage Radler absolutely has that game down.  This offering is spot on for the “style”, and it just might be one of best American-made representations out there in cans these days.  Get you some while you can! Prost!