Barrel of Victorys

As we’ve been coming closer and closer to reaching capacity here at Victory, we’ve had to make some hard decisions about what beers to brew and which to ditch as tank space gets tight. It’s Victory’s somewhat less-dramatic Sophie’s Choice — which of our children win our attention?

Fortunately, we are approaching a time when those decisions will no longer be necessary and we will resume brewing some of your old favorites (we are awaiting their homecoming as much, if not more, than you are) and releasing new goodies as well. In fact, on a small scale, that time is now.

Our expansion project is on-schedule and we expect beer to be flowing from our Parkesburg brewery in the summer of 2013. The brewhouse construction has already begun and we’ve moved our distribution warehouse from our headquarters in Downingtown to the new site in Parkesburg. This shift freed up some much-needed square footage, which we proceeded to fill with a slew of once-used barrels: red wine, white wine and bourbon.

What are we doing with the barrels? Playing, of course!

We bribed our brewers to put in extra hours and brew up some batches of Baltic Thunder, Old Horizontal and Golden Monkey in order to test what the various barrels might do to the flavors we know and love. So get ready to find out.

On November 21, on a day we are calling “Red Wednesday” (sound familiar?) we will be releasing Red Thunder. Red Thunder is Baltic Thunder, aged for three months in once-used red wine barrels. The result: a creamy, cocoa-y, tannic treat.

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A month later, the Old Horizontal that we have been aging in once-used bourbon barrels will emerge as Oak Horizontal. The official release date is TBD, but we are promising that you’ll have some Ho for the holidays.

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Then, just in time for our 17th anniversary, we expect our magical, mystical monkey to have taken nicely to a 3-month nap in white wine barrels. Expect White Monkey to make its appearance on shelves mid-February.

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In the coming weeks and months, we’ll share even more information about these beers. Stay tuned to our blog, subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on Facebook and Twitter to be sure you get all of the details.

Next week, we’ll be sharing details about Red Wednesday and how you can secure your bottle of Red Thunder.

And, as always, we welcome your questions about these projects. We’ll be sure to answer them here or in upcoming posts about these brews.

13 Responses to Barrel of Victorys

  1. Andrew October 17, 2012 at 2:58 PM #

    Sad that these are not making their way to NY. That said, you didn’t mention which beers are on hold. We know Old Ho and St. Vic are, but what about Yakima Glory?

    Any new lagers on the horizon? (for wide distribution)


  2. Victory October 17, 2012 at 3:06 PM #

    Great questions, Andrew! St. Vic and St. B are being partially martyred and will be released on-draft only until our Parkesburg facility is up-and-running for us to put them back in bottles.

    Yakima Glory has been brewed and packaged and is shipping soon. You should find it on shelves within the next few weeks.

    We continue to brew new and exciting lagers for draft distribution and hope to perfect some new lager recipes for a wider distro soon.

    We’ll be sure to make the announcements here when it’s time.

  3. Matt October 20, 2012 at 3:10 PM #

    Tell Steph to get these to the DFW area! We’ll take kegs, barrels, bombers, growlers, bottles…whatever you got.

    On another note, will Bill/Ron ever try to do the Germany beer trip again?

  4. Bill C October 21, 2012 at 8:14 AM #

    Matt, Bill here. That 2007 Pils Tour was damn near perfect because of the folks, the sights, the tastes and the weather, so we have been hesitant to tempt fate again. But, maybe after we get the Parkesburg brewery up and running we should take a break to Germany. Stay tuned.

  5. Chris October 29, 2012 at 9:56 AM #

    Dark Intrigue on it’s way soon?

    • Victory October 29, 2012 at 10:52 AM #

      Hi Chris.
      With two great batches of Dark Intrigue under our belts, both figuratively and literally, we believe it’s time to shift our focus toward other opportunities. We are pretty sure you’ll be pleased with the barreling choices we’ve made.

  6. Ernie October 31, 2012 at 2:23 PM #

    Will the barrels be for sale? (I remember one batch of dark intrigue barrels being available)

    • Victory October 31, 2012 at 2:27 PM #

      We will not be selling the red wine barrels and we have not yet decided if we will be selling the barrels for Oak Horizontal and White Monkey. Once that decision is made, we’ll be sure to let you know via Facebook and Twitter, so make sure you’re following us there!

  7. Ron October 31, 2012 at 4:11 PM #

    How wide will the case distribution be on these? I am in Glen Mills, PA, but often can’t make it to the brewery to queue up for special releases. Will I be able to get a case of Oak Horizontal and Red Thunder from my local Victory distributor if I get my name on the list? I had access to Dark Intrigue a few times, but didn’t have the cash to afford a whole case.

  8. Jeff October 31, 2012 at 9:23 PM #

    Very excited that it looks like you guys are starting a barreling program. We need more experimenting from breweries in this area.

  9. Goose November 1, 2012 at 10:44 AM #

    Sleep well Dark Intrigue. I’ll miss it, however, I’m exicted about the three new barrel beers that are in the works.

  10. service catalog November 5, 2012 at 12:04 PM #

    I can’t wait. This is the time of year I really get into barreled beers. I have an IPA and a dry stout soaking on American wood cubes at home as well!

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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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