You’re Invited: Red Wednesday

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Here at Victory we tout our creativity and flavor-bending brews pretty regularly. We talk about American ingenuity and experimenting with subtleties of flavor. With all of that creativity, you might think we’d come up with a better name for our Red Thunder release than a rip-off of the prior two year’s “Dark Wednesday.” You’d be wrong. But hey, as long as the beer is awesome, who cares what we call the release day, right?

So, join us at 8 a.m. on “Red Wednesday,” the day before Thanksgiving to get your first taste of our red wine barrel-aged Baltic Thunder, Red Thunder.

What Red Wednesday Is:
1. A totally un-imaginative name for a day to release a beer.
2. The day for you to come to our Downingtown brewpub to buy Red Thunder.
3. The day before Thanksgiving, and a perfect time to fill up your growlers with turkey-day libations.
4. The first time we’ve EVER opened early (8 a.m.) to serve you breakfast on a weekday (see the menu below).
5. The day for you to de-stress with our Victory family before your stressful day ‘o family festivities.

What Red Wednesday Is Not:
1. The exact same event as Dark Wednesday, 2011.
2. The only chance you’ll ever have to buy Red Thunder (it’s going to be distributed throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, Illinois, Massachusetts and Ohio)

What we think you should know:
Red Thunder is the cocoa-y, tannic, creamy, amazingly luscious result of aging Baltic Thunder Porter in once-used red wine barrels. It will be available for purchase by the bottle, 750ml, corked and caged for $8 each or by the case, 12-750ml bottles for $84.

Bill and Ron Discover the Wonder of Red Thunder:

Our restaurant team has outdone themselves to design a deliciously indulgent breakfast menu. Snag a table, feed your tummy and even buy your Red Thunder from your server without getting up from your dining spot (up to 6 bottles per person may be purchased from your server). If you plan to join us for breakfast, we encourage you to make a reservation. Please call (610-873-0881) to reserve your breakfast spot for parties of 6 or more from 8a.m.-11a.m.

In addition to chowing down on some great eats, you can sample Red Thunder before you buy ($2.50/taster, $5 for 12oz. pour). AND your favorite Victory beers will be on draft and available for your holiday growler fills. Fill up early and miss the line.

Breakfast Menu to Include:
Eggs Benedict
Spinach, Mushroom and Feta Quiche
Scrambled Eggs with Bacon or Sausage and Home Fries
Stuffed Cornflake French Toast with Blackberry Compote, Butter and Maple Syrup
English Muffin Sticky Buns

Beer will be served or order up a Prima Mosa!

See you on the 21st!

24 Responses to You’re Invited: Red Wednesday

  1. Janos November 3, 2012 at 6:17 PM #

    I never liked a hop filled beer until now. Thanks for letting me see the light. Great stuff!!!!!!

  2. Andrew November 3, 2012 at 6:34 PM #

    Are there quantity restrictions for Red Thunder, like last year’s “one person in line, one case”?

  3. John Baker November 7, 2012 at 11:43 PM #

    How EXACTLY do you make a Prima Mosa?

    • Victory November 8, 2012 at 1:27 PM #

      We typically pour 2/3 Prima first and then top it off with OJ on the last 1/3.

  4. Andrew November 8, 2012 at 9:36 AM #

    Are you taking reservations?

    • Victory November 8, 2012 at 11:34 AM #

      Hi Andrew. We are taking breakfast reservations, but we are not taking beer reservations. If you plan to join us for breakfast, in addition to purchasing beer, please give us a call: 610-873-0881. We’ll take reservations for parties of 6 or more from 8a.m.-11a.m.

  5. Gavin edwards November 10, 2012 at 9:43 AM #

    Will the brew barrels be for sale like the dark intrigue ones last year, If so how much and how could i pick one up thanks gavin

    • Victory November 12, 2012 at 8:07 AM #

      We will not be selling the red wine barrels, as we have other plans for those (stay tuned!) We may sell the barrels we’re using 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!

  6. Patrick November 13, 2012 at 1:24 PM #

    When will Red Thunder be hitting the stores/distribution in Maryland?

    • Victory November 13, 2012 at 1:45 PM #

      Red Thunder is shipping to wholesalers this week. You should start seeing it on retailer shelves the week of November 26.

  7. dan November 17, 2012 at 6:56 PM #

    i’m not near the brewery. will oak horizontal and white monkey be avaliable in bottle or sixtels?

    • Victory November 18, 2012 at 4:12 PM #

      Hi Dan. Both Oak Horizontal and White Monkey will be released in 750 ml bottles. The distribution will be somewhat limited, so be sure to follow us on Facebook, where we will announce when and where they are available.

  8. Joel November 19, 2012 at 11:04 AM #

    Will you start selling Red Thunder at 8 when the doors open? Or does it not go on sale until later in the morning?

    • Victory November 19, 2012 at 11:29 AM #

      Hi Joel. We will begin selling Red Thunder as soon as the doors open. Beer + breakfast = best pre-Thanksgiving day ever. See you then.

  9. Bill November 20, 2012 at 4:37 PM #

    Any idea how many bottles will be available tomorrow? Think they’ll still be around for lunch/after work?

    • Victory November 20, 2012 at 4:41 PM #

      We will have 350 cases for sale tomorrow. We aren’t sure how long quickly they will sell. Last year, we had 300 cases of Dark Intrigue and sold out around 2:00p.m. We hope that helps!

  10. Bill November 20, 2012 at 4:43 PM #


    So…better with dinner or dessert?

    • Victory November 20, 2012 at 4:48 PM #

      All of the above.

  11. Justin November 20, 2012 at 5:01 PM #

    How long can these be cellared under proper conditions? Would it be unreasonable to want to enjoy these beers over a 13 year period? e.g. open one beer per year starting after one year has passed.

    • Victory November 20, 2012 at 5:05 PM #

      We tested a batch of Red Thunder more than 5 years ago and popped open those bottles recently. They still tasted delicious, but a bit less bold. The beer will hold up fine over time and will transform in flavor. It won’t go “bad” or become harmful, but we can’t be sure what the resulting flavor will be. You’ll have to let us know.

  12. Justin Mazzi November 21, 2012 at 8:38 AM #

    Interesting, thanks for the tip. In your opinion, which was more enjoyable: the fresh beer or the one aged for 5 years?

    • Victory November 21, 2012 at 9:53 AM #

      Most of us here at Victory believe that fresh beer is superior to aged beer.

  13. Jack November 21, 2012 at 10:37 AM #

    Was at Victory On the 21st at 8:00AM. Great breakfast.
    Got my 6 bottles of Red Thunder from our server, all on the same check, no lines…great morning, good job to all.

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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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