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Q: How long will a growler normally last?
A: This is definitely a repeat question, but we think this is a very important discussion among our fans. A growler with the porcelain top lid and gasket should stay carbonated for at least 1 week. We’ve seen them last as long as 2 weeks, but haven’t dared 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 allow staling oxygen to leak through the threads as CO2 gas escapes.
Q: I had some of the first beer of the Ranch series. It was great! I want to get back into the swing of things. What is the most recent batch available?
A: Our most recent distribution of Ranch DIPA featured Centennial hops. Preceding that release, Simcoe was featured, followed by Cascade.
Q: Are your products vegan-friendly?
A: We have received this question several times within the past year. We are in 100% compliance with a vegan diet. We do not use animal product, including isinglass, in any process throughout the brewery.
Q: How limited is the release of White Monkey?
A: Not extremely limited! White Monkey is being distributed throughout Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, northern Virginia, New York City, Massachusetts, South Carolina, Georgia, Texas, Colorado and Florida.
Q: With the release of Swing, is Whirlwind disappearing forever?
A: Woah, woah, woah! Swing is not replacing Whirlwind. These 2 brands are in no way mutually exclusive. We have brewed a small batch of Whirlwind as a limited draft release. The scarcity of Whirlwind in 2013 is based on the fact that our current brewery can only do so much during capacity constraints before our Parkesburg expansion is complete.
Q: I’m a big fan of Headwaters Pale Ale. Any chance you can publish a clone recipe for the home brewing community?
A: Thank you for the compliment. We continue to receive many questions about our beer recipes. At Victory, we thoroughly believe that great beer is inspirational. Heck, 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.