Victory Village Returns

Peanut butter and jelly. Rocky and Bullwinkle. Green eggs and ham. Wills and Kate. And this week, earning a place in the pantheon of great pairs, Victory beer and One Village Coffee.

The idea for Victory Village, a blend of Victory beer and One Village Coffee’s Smart Blend, started like so many good ideas do, over a beer in our brewpub on a cold January night. Some folks from One Village Coffee were here for a Tweet-up event, and started chatting with Victory Owner and Brewmaster Bill Covaleski. They all realized that combining their coffee and our beer could be a delicious experiment.

They were right. Last year’s batch of Victory Village was such a success, spawning a “Bring Back Victory Village” Facebook page after the beer was gone, that we decided to do just that.

A few weeks ago, when a brown ale we brewed especially to combine with the One Village Coffee was ready, Woody Decasere and Rob Altieri brought their coffee here to Victory. Then, along with Bill and Senior Brewer Adam Bartles, they scooped the ground coffee into bags that acted like giant filters and steeped the coffee in one of our tanks. The smell of freshly brewed coffee drifted down hallways and through the fermentation cellar, mingling with wisps of the aroma of roasted malt and fermenting beer. The scent alone made it clear that combining these two popular beverages was an excellent idea.

Once the coffee was brewed, the brewers took over and blended it with the brown ale. The flavors and aromas of blackberry and blueberry in the Smart Blend complement the fruity plum and raisin flavors in the brown ale, giving this year’s batch of Victory Village a unique, delicious flavor.

Victory Village will be available on draft at the Victory Brewpub, and at select locations in Pennsylvania.

- K.H.

12 Responses to Victory Village Returns

  1. Seth M September 14, 2011 at 2:27 PM #

    Will it be bottled by chance?

    • Victory September 14, 2011 at 2:47 PM #

      Draft only. But worth the trip to the brewpub. Should be on draft soon!

  2. Hayden September 14, 2011 at 3:32 PM #

    Will you be filling growlers? :) Keep us updated on when this will be tapped. Can’t wait! :)

    • Victory September 14, 2011 at 3:43 PM #

      You will certainly be able to take home a Victory Village growler. We’ll let you know when.

  3. Zayne September 14, 2011 at 6:03 PM #

    Victory really makes “beer for breakfast” work. There’s this AND the monkay mimosa (which I like to make with V12 instead)!

  4. AJ September 14, 2011 at 6:19 PM #

    Mmmh sounds tasty! Never had anything from Victory that wasn’t though :)

  5. Victory September 16, 2011 at 8:07 AM #

    Victory Village is now available on draft in the brewpub. See you soon!

  6. Andrew September 26, 2011 at 5:10 PM #

    Any chance it will be back on tap soon?

    • Victory September 27, 2011 at 11:15 AM #

      Victory Village is on tap now. Hope to see you here enjoying it soon.

  7. joeb September 27, 2011 at 2:21 PM #

    we’ll have it on at the pub at whole foods devon on this friday (9/30). thanks so much for getting some to us, i really appreciate it and look forward to having some!

  8. M November 7, 2011 at 11:44 AM #

    Is Victory Village still available in growlers and how much longer will it be available?
    Thanks!

    • Victory November 7, 2011 at 11:47 AM #

      Like all good things, Victory Village’s availability has come to an end for 2011. Stay tuned for information on our plans for 2012.

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The Victory Brewing Story

The story of Victory Brewing Company starts on a school bus in 1973 when fifth-graders Ron Barchet and Bill Covaleski stepped aboard, on their way to a new school. The two became fast friends and remained so, even as they grew up and went to college on opposite coasts. Just months out of college, Bill’s appreciation of good beer and access to his father’s home brewing equipment inspired him to explore the hobby. That same year (1985), Bill gave Ron a home brewing kit as a Christmas gift. With that, both Bill and Ron developed their love of the craft…
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