It has been really fun to gather all of the questions you submit each month, consider your requests and compose our answers. It’s like Jeopardy, Victory style. Of course, we don’t have to answer in the form of a question, so that’s a bonus. But we don’t win money in the end. And Alex Trebek is nowhere to be found. So maybe, this really isn’t anything like Jeopardy…
Please keep those questions coming! Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will address them in an upcoming blog. If we missed your question this time around, feel free to submit it again. We will do our best to address every query.
Q: Are you ever going to bottle a porter? You’re my favorite brewery, but I can’t get my favorite kind of beer from you.
A: We’ve been bottling Baltic Thunder for several years now. It is a Baltic porter, using lager yeast and colder fermentation and aging. As far as English porter goes, maybe someday… You can use our beerfinder to located Baltic Thunder near you.
Q: I just read somewhere that Victory’s brewery is an old Tastykake factory. Is this true?
A: Nope, but you’re close. The brewery is an old Pepperidge Farm factory. You can get more of the back story here.
Q: Where can I find out what events Victory has coming up?
A: We do our best to participate in festivals, tastings and beer dinners around the country and would love to meet you at our events. To see if we’ve got something going on in your area, you can visit our events page and search by state.
Q: Will you donate beer to me?
A: Maybe. That all depends on who you are and why you are asking. We get dozens of donation requests each week and review each and every one of them personally. Unfortunately, we can’t say yes to everyone, but we try to make the biggest impact possible. In order to have your request reviewed, you must complete a community stewardship form and it must be submitted at least six weeks prior to your pick-up date.
Q: I appreciate the fact that y’all date your beers. But my question is how long from bottling is the ‘best by’ date? My question pertains to the hoppy beers like HopDevil and Hop Wallop, which really benefit from the freshness. Are we talking 3, 6, 9, or 12 months? A little reference as to the time frame that y’all think your beer should still be high quality would be very helpful in my decision making process as what beer to buy tonight. I hoist a HopDevil to my waiting lips (with a best by date of Dec 29 2011).
A: Thank you for the kind words about Victory beer. We are thrilled to hear that you take the time to inspect the date codes on our bottles! The dates you find on the bottles are stamped by the following specifications.
Hop Devil – 5 months
Prima Pils – 5 months
Victory Lager – 5 months
Hop Wallop – 1 year (this beer is bottle conditioned)
Headwaters Pale Ale – 5 months
Summer Love – 5 months
Golden Monkey – 3 years
Storm King – 5 years
Old Horizontal – 5 years
For example, your HopDevil stamped Dec. 29, 2011 was bottled on July 29, 2011.
Q: I filled my growler back on 9/1, still have not opened it. How long will it last?
A: A growler with the porcelain top lid and gasket should stay carbonated for at least 7 days. We’ve seen them last as long as 14 days, but haven’t gone longer than that (although we hear that they could technically store for a month). If your growler has a screw top, drink within 5-7 days maximum, as they are more prone to leaking through the threads.
Q: Have you ever considered an ESB or English Special Bitter? Whitbread was the best I’ve ever had, but all I drink now is Fullers. Both are delicious.
A: We usually brew a batch or two of our Victory ESB each year as a draft-only brand. It isn’t on a standardized repeating schedule, but typically we brew it in the fall or winter. As of right now, we don’t have an ESB on our schedule but it is possible we will brew one in February or March of 2012.
Q: Dark Lager is my favorite of your beers, with Headwaters a close second. When is it going to be available again? Any chance that it gets a bigger push anytime soon? Could it be as simple as a name change? Because it sure isn’t the fault of the flavor!
A: We love the Dark Lager as well and look forward to sipping the malty brew each year. As in the past years, Dark Lager will be available on draft in the winter. Right now, the craft beer world doesn’t demand malty beers the way it demands hops. Some day, when malt appreciation grows, we’ll consider giving Dark Lager a bigger push. At that time, we’ll give it a new Victory-like name and character.
Q: Are any of your beers Kosher?
A: Not yet. We have not yet gone through the steps to attain kosher certification.
Read This: We continue to 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.