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New Victory Saison For Spring!

Discussion in 'Beer Releases' started by blivingston1985, Feb 11, 2013.

  1. blivingston1985

    blivingston1985 Member

    Location:
    North Carolina
    From the Mid-Atlantic Rep for Victory:



    Esteemed Purveyors of Craft Ales,

    I’m thrilled to announce that March 1st will mark the launch of our brand new spring seasonal, Victory Swing Session Saison.

    Swing represents a blend of American and European brewing traditions, made with both whole flower US-grown and German noble hops, and an heirloom Belgian farmhouse yeast strain. Swing is brewed with wheat, rye, oat and barley malt, as well as peppercorns and lemon zest, to evoke an herbaceous, bright, citric and robust yet eminently refreshing character at 4.5% ABV.

    Sounds like it needs to be March.
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  2. fmccormi

    fmccormi Member

    Location:
    New York
    Yowza. If it's as good as it sounds, I'll be a regular buyer. Wonder if it's the same yeast as Helios?
  3. SeaOfShells

    SeaOfShells Member

    Location:
    California
    I want to like more Victory beers. I really do, but as of right now I only truly like Prima Pils.
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  4. blivingston1985

    blivingston1985 Member

    Location:
    North Carolina
    My first thought was, "wonder how much this will be like helios?" I'm hoping it has a totally different profile. Almost half the alcohol should make quite a difference to start.
  5. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Member

    Location:
    California
    Will this be in bottles?
  6. blivingston1985

    blivingston1985 Member

    Location:
    North Carolina
  7. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Member

    Location:
    Massachusetts
    Cheers to Victory for making a low abv, easy drinking beer rather than a spring double IPA, 8% saison, or 7% rye IPA. Can't wait to try it.
  8. Giantspace

    Giantspace Member

    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    Oh yea. I love Helios and I love the 12oz size. This sound like it could be really good and let's hope it falls in line with their regular line of price.

    Enjoy
  9. fmccormi

    fmccormi Member

    Location:
    New York
    Yeah. I feel like nobody wants to release an actually reasonable-level ABV saison in 6-packs that doesn't suck ass. Sofie is wonderful, but she is not a cheap date.
  10. mattafett

    mattafett Member

    Location:
    Iowa
    I'll trade for some. What is the anticipated cost??
  11. bradcochran1234

    bradcochran1234 Member

    Location:
    Georgia
    Yeah, neither is Pepe.
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  12. MRsojourner

    MRsojourner Member

    Location:
    Massachusetts
    Could not agree more. this is the best news I've heard in some time. if it lives up to helios and is reasonably priced i'll be stoked! GO VICTORY
  13. cjoc83

    cjoc83 Member

    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    Victory beers are on the cheaper end of the scale (at least here in the Philly area), so I wouldn't imagine a sixer being more than maybe $12? This is a total guestimation, but sixers of Prima Pils, Hop Devil, and Golden Monkey are all $10.99 at my local Wegmans (which might sound a little pricey to some for being "on the cheaper end of the scale", but craft is a little more expensive here compared to other markets).
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  14. blivingston1985

    blivingston1985 Member

    Location:
    North Carolina
    That's about what I'm paying here in NC.
  15. Giantspace

    Giantspace Member

    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    Case cost is around $32 for all the regular basics. I paid under $40 for a case of Helios. Seasonals are around $40 but a low abv I would hope brings the saison in around $35.

    Enjoy
  16. dertyd

    dertyd Member

    Location:
    California
    Wish it was march right now!!!!!!!
  17. DrStiffington

    DrStiffington Member

    Location:
    New Jersey
    Most of the lower abv beers from Victory are $8-9 per six pack around here. This would hopefully be in the same range.
  18. DrStiffington

    DrStiffington Member

    Location:
    New Jersey
    Helios is awesome and the higher abv was surprising to me the first time I had it. Hopefully this will taste similar.
  19. cjoc83

    cjoc83 Member

    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    I would hope so, but keep in mind it is a seasonal, which tend to be a little pricier. Knowing Victory, I'm sure it will be reasonably priced regardless, and I can't wait to try it!
  20. BigMike

    BigMike Member

    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    Super excited for this.
  21. blivingston1985

    blivingston1985 Member

    Location:
    North Carolina
  22. BB1313

    BB1313 Member

    Location:
    Ohio
    Helios was awesome at $2.99/bomber. It's still to this day one of the cheapest bombers I've come across. It was a good beer too.
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  23. cornontherob

    cornontherob Member

    Location:
    New York
    First off, what do the mean by "heirloom yeast strain"?

    Also, I wish we would hear more about lower ABV beers. This sounds great, can't wait to try some!
  24. fmccormi

    fmccormi Member

    Location:
    New York
    Yep. The more I think about this, the more excited I am for it. Helios isn't outstanding by any means, but it's a damn solid saison for the price—maybe a better value than it is a perfect representation of the style. But I've said for years that it'd make one hell of a sixer, if only they'd put it out that way.

    If they're using a similar yeast strain, hopping it with whole cone German and American flowers, and adding lemon zest and peppercorns, this could be a reaaaaaaaaally good beer. Plus the size makes it sessionable and the price (I'm assuming ≤ $12/ sixer) makes it a reasonable buy. So, this could be really incredible news.

    I'm still anxiously awaiting details on Ommegang's summer seasonal this year, Fleur de Houblon. 12oz 4-packs, 6.8% ABV, Ommegang house yeast in primary and secondary, plus whole cone Bravo hops. These two beers could make my Spring and Summer.
  25. blivingston1985

    blivingston1985 Member

    Location:
    North Carolina
    I would assume heirloom means an older, lets say antique, yeast strain?
  26. Spindletop

    Spindletop Member

    Location:
    Massachusetts
    They're probably using the Dupont or Blaugies strains instead of the Wyeast French Saison that everyone seems to use these days.
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  27. Geuzedad

    Geuzedad Member

    Location:
    Arizona
    Sounds like a great summer session beer out back by the pool when it's 110 in the shade! Definitely picking some up.
  28. ThirstyFace

    ThirstyFace Member

    Location:
    New York
    I will drink this all over my face.

    Shame about the artificial sweetener look of the label.
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  29. denver10

    denver10 Member

    Location:
    Colorado
    Hope it makes it out to Colorado. We definitely need more saisons available in six pack form.
  30. Blanco

    Blanco Member

    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    I'm totally excited for this. While I definitely like some of the breweries that are trying to elevate and do more with saisons, a nice session-able, available one will be very welcome. Not all of them need to be inoculated with Brett, aged in wine barrels and spiced with Jesus' tears. If it's good I'll be buying it all spring.
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  31. Blanco

    Blanco Member

    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    No need to speak in the past. It's still around.
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  32. fmccormi

    fmccormi Member

    Location:
    New York
    Amen. Though if Jesus-tears beers could be available at ~$12/ sixer, I'd probably buy it.
  33. Blanco

    Blanco Member

    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    Oh don't get me wrong. I love me some Jesus tears too. not hating on artisan saisons.
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  34. BB1313

    BB1313 Member

    Location:
    Ohio
    I know, but I rarely see it at $2.99 anymore. It's usually about a dollar or two more nowadays, which is still a great deal.
  35. corby112

    corby112 Member

    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    Not a fan of Helios but I really enjoy most of Victory's other offerings and I love saisons. I'm looking forward to trying this in the spring.
  36. Morey

    Morey Member

    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    Have you had Red Thunder or Oak Horizontal yet? They're both amazing and underrated IMO. Cheers
  37. Starkbier

    Starkbier Member

    Location:
    Maryland
    Swing will be released in all markets that get Victory beers.
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  38. Starkbier

    Starkbier Member

    Location:
    Maryland
    Come visit sometime, with 24 taps Im sure you would find a lot more to your liking. Braumeister Pils would rock your boat Im sure.
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  39. ShanePB

    ShanePB Member

    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    Looking forward to trying this one.
  40. SeanPaulZ

    SeanPaulZ Member

    Location:
    Maryland
    In Maryland the first tier pricing (Hopdevil and Prima Pils) run between $9.99 and $10.99 on the shelf. I'd imagine the pricing is somewhere in that range versus the tier 2 (Golden Monkey and Hop Wallop) generally run $12.99.

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