Finecooking Magazine: In Defense of Lager

When the American craft beer movement got its start in the late 1970s, the spotlight was on ales, not lagers. Those first craft brewers set out to be everything the country’s giant breweries were not. Since the big guys “owned” the production of golden lagers, which had become insipid, mass-produced “yellow beers,” the renegade brewers focused on ales instead. But now change is afoot, and lagers seem poised to finally make their escape from craft beer purgatory. . .

Fast forward to the summer of 2010 and the return of golden lager to the ranks of distinctive American beers. For beer aficionados, this is something to celebrate—and now is the time to do just that. Enjoy a glass of crisp, refreshing golden lager alongside a grilled burger or bowl of creamy seafood chowder, or simply the way the Czechs still drink their famous brewing legacy: all by itself.

Victory Prima Pils
The glowing hops cone on the label tells you what to expect from this light-gold lager: refreshing, snappy hoppiness. Prima is also slightly herbaceous and finishes as crisp and dry as any beer you might hope to encounter.

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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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