Sixpoint Brewery & Victory Brewing Collaborate on Cosmic Handshake Sour IIPA

Sixpoint Brewery (Brooklyn, New York) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Cosmic Handshake, a Sour New England-style Double IPA brewed in collaboration with Victory Brewing Company (Downingtown, Pennsylvania), in late May 2020.

Crafted to be “a universal dap. an intergalactic high five.” between Sixpoint and their partners at Victory Brewing Company, Cosmic Handshake is a hybrid ale of “planetary proportions” that is “part soft, juicy, hazy IPA, part tart and tangy sour beer.” Coming in at 9% ABV, Cosmic Handshake promises to show you “what happens when TWO WORLDS COLLIDE!”

Cosmic Handshake is scheduled to drop in late May and will hang around only as long as supplies last. You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 16 oz. cans at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, New York and throughout the rest of Sixpoint Brewery’s distribution footprint. Prost!

Vital Information for Cosmic Handshake from Sixpoint Brewery & Victory Brewing Company

Release – Limited; late May 2020
Style – Sour India Pale Ale
ABV – 9%
Featured Hops – Idaho 7, Mosaic & Citra T-45 
Availability – 16 oz. cans

Victory Brewing Company Turns Barrel Aged Rosé Monkey Loose for the Summer

VBC_500mL_RoseMonkey-FVictory Brewing Company (Downingtown, Pennsylvania) has officially announced that Rosé Monkey, a White Wine Barrel-aged Belgian-style Tripel, is rolling out now as the latest release from the brewery’s 2019 Barrel Aged Series.

Arriving as the newest descendant of Victory Brewing Company’s beloved Golden Monkey, Barrel Aged Rosé Monkey is a Belgian-style Tripel that has been “aged to mystical perfection in Chardonnay oak barrels for months, then put into finishing tanks where 100% real cherry juice was added for a bright, fruity finish.”  Weighing in at a deceptive 9.5% ABV, Rosé Monkey is so “easy and fun on the palate” that the brewery warns that you should “be careful with this magical treat.”

Barrel Aged Rosé Monkey is making its way into the market now and has plans to hang around only as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 500ml bottles and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and throughout the rest of Victory’s distribution territory.  Prost!

Vital Information for Barrel Aged Rosé Monkey from Victory Brewing Company

Release – Limited/2019 Barrel Aged Series; launching late May/early June 2019
Style – Belgian-style Tripel
ABV – 9.5%
IBUs – 25
Malts – Pilsner
Hops – Tettnang
Treatment – Aged for three months in Chardonnay oak barrels and finished with an addition of 100% real cherry juice
Brewer’s Notes – “Striking blonde with a pink-rosé glow, oaky and vanilla aroma, sweet, super fruity flavor, all too easy and fun on the palate.”
Availability – 500ml bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.victorybeer.com/beerfinder/

 

 

 

Victory Brewing Company Rings in Summer with Release of Liberty Bell Ringer DDH DIPA

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Victory Brewing Company (Downingtown, Pennsylvania) has officially announced that it will introduce Liberty Bell Ringer DDH DIPA as its latest Limited Release in the summer of 2019.

Brewed in honor of the Liberty Bell, Benjamin Franklin, generations of great brewers, and all the other awesome things to come out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Liberty Bell Ringer is a double dry-hopped (DDH) Double India Pale Ale “packed with DOUBLE the hops, twice over,” so that it can “sing with massive tropical, fruity hop flavor and aroma.” Coming in at 8.7% ABV and 76 IBUs, Liberty Bell Ringer is “an IPA that earns the celebration of independence. Let it ring.”

Liberty Bell Ringer DDH DIPA is rolling out now and will hang around only as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Pennsylvania and throughout the rest of Victory Brewing Company’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Liberty Bell Ringer DDH DIPA from Victory Brewing Company

Release – Limited; late May/early June 2019
Style – Double India Pale Ale 
ABV – 8.7%
IBUs – 76
Malts – Pilsner, CaraPils & Flaked Oats
Hops – Strata, Centennial & Simcoe
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.victorybeer.com/beerfinder/

Victory Brewing Company Goes Year-Round with Cloud Walker Hazy Juicy IPA

CloudWalker_Tap-Sticker_2019-1Victory Brewing Company (Downingtown, Pennsylvania) has officially announced that Cloud Walker Hazy Juicy IPA will join the brewery’s Year-Round lineup in March 2019.

Here to make sure that haze is in the forecast all year long, Cloud Walker is a Hazy Juicy India Pale Ale dry-hopped with Citra and Mosaic hops.  Boasting a “dreamy orange glow and . . . pillowy soft mouthfeel”, Cloud Walker (6.8% ABV) “bursts with fruity and citrusy flavors and is a hop lover’s dream.”

Cloud Walker is rolling out now with availability in 12 oz. cans, 16 oz. cans and on draft.  You can expect to find this new Year-Round offering at craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and throughout the rest of Victory Brewing Company’s distribution territory.  Prost!

Vital Information for Cloud Walker Hazy Juicy IPA from Victory Brewing Company

Release – Year-Round, launching March 2019
Style – Hazy/Juicy India Pale Ale
ABV – 6.8%
Hops – Citra & Mosaic
Malts – 2-Row Pale
Added Ingredients – Lactose
Availability – 12 oz. cans, 16 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – http://www.victorybeer.com/beerfinder/

Victory Brewing Company Introduces No Brainer IPA

No-Brainer_Tap-Sticker_2019-2Victory Brewing Company (Downingtown, Pennsylvania) has officially launched No Brainer IPA as the latest addition to its Year-Round portfolio.

Developed to “take guessing out of the equation” when it comes to your IPA selection, No Brainer (6.8% ABV) is an American India Pale Ale that utilizes Victory’s “proprietary HopVic technology” to fully harness the big aromas and flavors found within American hops.  This technique allows “fruity and citrusy hops [to lead] the way in this go-to, everyday IPA with notes of tangerine and mandarin orange combining with real hop flavor to make No Brainer an easy choice.”

No Brainer IPA is rolling out now with Year-Round availability in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft.  You can expect to find this new IPA at craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and throughout the rest of Victory Brewing Company’s distribution area. Prost!

Vital Information for No Brainer IPA from Victory Brewing Company

Release – Year-Round, launching late February 2019
Style – American India Pale Ale
ABV – 6.8%
Hops – Mandarina, Citra, Centennial & Azacca
Malts – Pilsner & CaraPils
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – http://www.victorybeer.com/beerfinder/

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Victory Brewing Company Adds Twisted Monkey to Year-Round Lineup

VBC_Tap-Sticker_2019_2Victory Brewing Company (Downingtown, Pennsylvania) has officially introduced Twisted Monkey, a Belgian-style Blonde Ale with mango, as its newest Year-Round offering.

Joining Golden Monkey and Sour Monkey to round out the ranks in Victory Brewing’s beloved family of Monkeys, Twisted Monkey is a Belgian-style Blonde Ale that adds a twist of mango to “the same imported malts and Belgian yeast favored by the family.”  Weighing in at just 5.8% ABV, Twisted Monkey – the lightest Monkey of the three – supplies “big flavor refreshment that only the Monkey can deliver.”

Twisted Monkey officially debuted in Victory’s Taprooms on February 15 and is expected to roll out into distribution shortly after the on-site release.  You can expect to find this new Year-Round offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and throughout the rest of Victory Brewing Company’s distribution territory.  Prost!

Vital Information for Twisted Monkey from Victory Brewing Company

Release – Year-Round, launching mid-February 2019
Style – Belgian-style Blonde Ale
ABV – 5.8%
Malts – Pilsner
Hops – Tettnang 
Added Ingredients – Mango
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – http://www.victorybeer.com/beerfinder/

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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
Beer Finder – http://www.victorybeer.com/beerfinder/

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
Beer Finder – http://www.victorybeer.com/beerfinder/

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
Beer Finder – http://www.victorybeer.com/beerfinder/

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!