We get so much feedback and so many ideas by listening to our consumers and fans. You all make recommendations, provide constructive criticism and even give us some much-appreciated praise. In the interest of reciprocating, we plan to share our thought process with you.
Beginning with this post, we will compile and answer your questions about our brewery, beers, business decisions and more on a monthly basis. Send your burning questions to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will address them in an upcoming blog.
Without further ado, you asked and we answered…
Q: Where can I find your beers?
Q: How many calories are in a 12 oz. bottle of HopDevil?
A: Some of our beers are more calorie-friendly than others. Here are the calorie counts per 12 ounces of our most popular brands:
Golden Monkey: 270 calories
Headwaters: 160 calories
HopDevil Ale: 215 calories
Prima Pils: 165 calories
Storm King Stout: 290 calories
Summer Love: 160 calories
Sunrise Weiss: 175 calories
Victory Lager: 145 calories
Q: Have you ever considered making a gluten-free beer?
A: We have yet to taste one we liked, but we have not given up on the idea. We are always searching for ways to create a gluten-free beer worthy of the Victory name.
Q: I have been a big fan of Victory almost since the day you began marketing your wonderful beers. I lived in Germany for four years, and I have a built-in preference for your brews. In particular, I adore the Saints (St. Victorious and St. Boisterous). In fact, the main purpose of sending this email is to plead for St. Boisterous to become a year-round offering. I must say I consider St. Boisterous to be the absolute best beer available in the USA! I would appreciate anything you could do to make this happen!
A: Thank you for praising the saints (couldn’t resist). Victory seasonals do sometimes make the leap to being a year-round product. In fact, Hop Wallop and Storm King Stout both started as fall seasonals. In both cases, we noticed that our wholesalers continued to order them even after the last batch had been brewed and sold. And in those cases, there is no reason not to have a strong hoppy beer year round. Unfortunately for our friendly bock lovers, the popularity of St. Boisterous has not warranted going year round. Also, because the beer style is a Maibock, the reference to May almost ensures it staying a spring seasonal.
Q: I’m a home brewer and smoked beer lover. I smoke my own malt. I’m very interested in smoking wheat malt. Can you share any advice, tips or recipes for a homebrewed smoked wheat beer?
A: We actually do not smoke our own malt, so we cannot offer you much information regarding its crafting. We purchase our smoked malt from a maltster in Bamberg, Germany called Weyermann. They smoke the finished malt using beechwood.
Note: We receive many questions about our beer recipes. At Victory, we thoroughly believe that great beer is inspirational and classic beers inspired our own homebrews over 20 years ago. This said, we do believe that the creative scientific mind should remain free of tutorials (from us at least) to create the beer they envision. Clone books are great training and some authors have reverse engineered quite well, which we certainly applaud, but have decided to leave it in their inspired hands.