This past Tuesday, August 16th, Eli Cannon’s Tap Room featured Victory Brewing Company as their “Tuesday Night Tasting” beer. The ten Victory beers that took over Eli Cannon’s taps were Storm King Imperial Stout, Golden Monkey, Prima Pils, Headwater Pale, St. Victorious, Hop Devil IPA, Hop Wallop, Yakima Glory, Summer Love, and Whirlwind Witbier. Victory is a craft brewery based in Downington, PA.
Sean McCain, the area sales manager for New York and Connecticut, made the rounds: pouring out samples to the patrons of Eli Cannon’s while answering questions about the Victory beers and brand. When he had a second Sean had a beer with me and answered some questions about Victory. According to Sean, Victory is special for a few key reasons. Victory predominately uses German recipes and tries to stay true to whatever style they are brewing. The grain and malts that Victory use are all from Germany and the brew masters have studied extensively in Germany as well. When asked to describe what makes Victory set apart from other craft breweries, Sean barely hesitated when he answered, “Definitely the whole flower hops.”
The whole flower hop process entails just using the flower of the hop to brew the beer, and not using any additives, extracts, or adjuncts. While this is a longer and more labor-intensive process for the brewers, Sean assures me that it yields a more smooth hop taste in the beers themselves. Victory predominantly uses noble hops from Germany to flavor their beer. This recipe seems to be paying off as well; as Sean explains, the brewery went through a large scale overhaul 3 years ago that transformed Victory Brewing Company completely by adding a brew pub and brand new machinery to put out exponentially more beer than they could have before. Very recently Victory also has put in new fermenters to reach a 100,000 – 120,000 barrel limit and machinery that quadruples the kegging process in the brewery. Last year Victory was the 29th largest craft beer producer in America. When asked how they’re doing this year Sean smiled and replied, “Oh, I plan to see that number go way up the charts.”
If you missed this tasting, be sure to come out next Tuesday, when Eli Cannon’s will feature the #1 selling craft brewery in America: the one and only Samuel Adams. Also, for more information on the beer featured at this Tuesday’s tasting, and to read about two brand new Victory beers being released this year, check out my blog.