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Swing Session Saison | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Swing Session SaisonSwing Session Saison

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Seasonal release beer brewed w/ German & American whole-flowers, 2-row German malts, Rye, Oats & Wheat. Spiced w/ peppercorn & fresh lemon zest. Belgian saison yeasts.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Stella snifter. Thanks, Stella!

Pours a bright yellow color with a rush of bubbles that ascend to the surface. Aroma is quite potent, very sulfur / spicy yeast smells dominate.

First sip is a rush of effervescent bubbles, followed by a spicy bite. Clove and allspice-like flavors dominate the flavor. Very sweet and full bodied for a smaller beer. This isn't my personal favorite style, as the sulfur like aromas and flavors could easily be replaced by hops or malt... but this does at least have a ton of flavor going for it.

Not my favorite, but a solid beer and a must have for saison lovers.

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Photo of seedyone
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

05/14/14 On tap. Be aware of the peppercorns that meet you at the door. In tandem w/the lemon this is a perfect match for a few chicken skewers, on a bed of spinach with a crumble of blue cheese. If you don't have the facilities to do this yourself, go straight to your friendly local & demand they support your research & get on it. Ever had a lemon-pepper chicken dish? Or used a lemon-pepper seasoning in a salad? Well here's your old friend...in a glass. A word to the wise is sufficient. PS it's way session-able, so grab a 6 & fire up the coals.

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a slightly hazy light golden yellow with a solid 3 finger white head. Lots of tiny bubbles shooting to the surface. Some nice rings of lacing.

S: Almost like a tea beer. I get lots of herbal spices and a chamomile overtone. A citrusy orange and lemon zing in there as well. A hint of funk from the yeast.

T: As with the aroma there is a citrus, a spicy pepper quality, bready malts and a slight hop backing. Similar profile to the Sasion Du Buff. The herbal tea sort of taste lingers in the aftertaste.

M: On the lighter side of the spectrum when it comes to body. A crisp finish with ample carbonation.

Overall I'm a fan of this divergent sasion. The spices are interesting and give it a freshness. Might be a little too much for those who are flavor purists.

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Photo of Jonada
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle. Best before July 2 2013. Served in a pint glass

Appearance: Pale golden yellow color with 3 fingers of a soapy white head. Body is hazy with lots of fine suspended sediment.

Smell: Grassy, herbal, lemon zest, pepper, with a tiny hint of funk.

Taste: Spices, herbs, lemongrass, bready malt, dry Belgian yeast, and floral hops.

Mouthfeel: Light/medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finishes dry with a mild lingering bitterness.

Overall: Not a bad beer, but if it's meant to be a session beer I'm not sure they succeeded. While it has a low ABV, I think they overdid it with the spices which makes it difficult to have more than 1 or 2.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to my Tired Hands stempiece; freshness date of July 27, 2013 printed in grey ink on the shoulder of the bottle (“Enjoy By: Jul 27 2013”). Going by a five-month freshness period that Victory uses for this beer, I’m assuming that it was bottled on February 27, give or take, making this beer about three and a half weeks old.

Appearance (4.75): This offers a good two fingers of tight, fine-grained foam that’s eggshell-white and takes plenty of time dying down, offering good retention and surprisingly complete lacing: tight webbing and wide, chunky collars all over the place. Seriously looks like meringue, which is awesome. The body is a crisp, chill-hazed golden yellow with a slight orange tint. Admittedly somewhat out of nowhere, this proved to be an extraordinarily attractive saison.

Smell (4.0): Ooh, really fresh, grassy, and lemony on this one—bright and floral fruitiness, with prominent lemon tones and a nice, slightly musty, straw-like aroma. Little to no malt presence in the nose, just lots of that dusty, musty hay and a shitload of lemon tones: lemon zest, sweetened lemon juice, lemon curd, etc.

Taste (4.25): So light, so crisp, so bright, so spicy—awesome. A nice, moderate peppery spice follows the palate from start to finish, accompanied by more of that lemon zest that is so prominent but well-played—it really is the most notable component of the flavor. There’s a modest herbal hoppiness that lends bitterness to the mid-palate and finish. That finish is really dominatd by herbal bitterness and lemon zest, with earthy and spicy undertones. Whatever yeast component is in here is earthy, slightly musty, and somewhat spicy, but it’s easy to overlook underneath all of that lemon and herbal hops.

Mouthfeel (4.25): Sessionable, no doubt about it. Light body, full and active carbonation that foams easily and prickles lightly, and then a dry-as-a-bone finish. Really, really nice to drink—they really nailed the “session saison” aspect in this department, because it’s both of those in spades.

Overall (4.25): This is a really great saison. I suspect that those who really didn’t care for it aren’t interested in more traditional saisons, given the penchant for high-ABV, soured, and barrel-aged saisons that a lot of BAs have. And I’m not knocking them, per se—it’s just a shame that smaller, dry, spicy, and for once AFFORDABLE saisons like this get passed over. Hopefully this one doesn’t become a sleeper, and hopefully Victory makes a shitload of this one. Great job, guys.

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Photo of jneiswender
4.75/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours a very nice golden cloudy body and fluffy white head

This beer has a very nice chive dill from the earth flavor with a nice hop touch at the end. Smell is similar

Medium to light mouth feel

I really enjoyed this beer I would certainly drinking again

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Photo of Kadonny
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into my Sly Fox mug.

A: A light to medium gold color that is a bit hazy. Nice 2 finger white head with no lacing.

S: Yeasty, lemon, grass, mint, pepper and some straw and wheat.

T: The light fruits start with the lemon and I got a pretty heavy mint flavor. Grassy, straw, pepper and spice mix with some biscuit malt and it remains fairly tart. Some hops on the finish with a little bitterness and continued spice.

M: Light to medium mouthfeel, but perfect for a summer session. No alcohol and easy to drink.

O: Summer session saison that is easy to drink and enjoyable? Yup, hits the mark very well. Is this an uber complex beer meant to sip and savor? Nope, drink it and enjoy it over a nice summer day.

Well done summer session beer for when you want something different. I liked it.

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Photo of MadScientist
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: A pale gold beer with good clarity. The rocky, white head has decent retention.

S: A medium-strong Belgian Pilsner malt aroma with spicy and lemony aromas. Some of the spice seems to be from the hops some from the yeast. There is a low graham cracker like note to the malt.

T: There is a crisp pils malt flavor with a medium hops bitterness which seems a bit stronger as the beer is a bit lighter. There is a medium amount of black pepper and bitter citrus peel flavors. The balance is dry and somewhat bitter with a dry finish.

M: A Light boded beer with a very strong level of carbonation that gets a bit drying on the palate.

O: Hit the mark on being a flavorful, low alcohol beer wish would be a refreshing choice for lunch if you had been working the farm under a hot Summer Sun. The flavors profile is a bitter light but the flavors see strong against the lighter backdrop.

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Photo of stewart124
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy golden yellow. Thin film of white head. Leaves a nice lacing.

Nose of bready malts, lemon rind and that farmhouse Belgian yeast funk.

Taste is more of the same with a medium body and grassy character. Bread up front and finishing with spicey phenols. I'm not able to tell what is from the yeast and what has been added.

Very easy to drink on this especially hot and humid day. Very solid saison from Victory.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.17/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a golden yellow color with a finger of white head that slowly dissolved into a lacing of foam that covered the entire top of the beer.

Aroma: The beer has that typical, floral, Belgian-Saison aroma of banana, clove, orange-peel and yeast. A very bright aroma.

Taste: The flavor, however, is much weaker than the aroma. Very thin floral notes of hops and citrus, with just the faintest touch of coriander and clove.

Mouthfeel: Thin, slightly watery, but with some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. At an ABV of only 4.5%, there is absolutely no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a pretty good beer, but nothing special. I enjoyed it, and if offered, will enjoy it again, but I probably won’t go out of my way to look for it.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - hazy golden liquid with white head

Smell - lemon, ginger, coriander, pilsener malt

Taste - smells better than it tastes, sour lemon, limes, ginger

Mouthfeel - sour and astringent upfront, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is unbalanced

Overall - this was a disappointing beer that smelled better than it tasted

Price point - $1.79/ 12 oz single

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Photo of horshack7
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Poured into a Tulip is a cloudy and hazy golden beer with a head about a finger thick.

Aroma: Peppery, lemon zest, apricot, golden raisins, dates. subtle notes of banana, clove, wisps of cinnamon towards the tail end.

Taste: Lemon zest, floral esters, peppery, golden raisins, clove, yeasty notes, cinnamon, clove, a little bit of nutmeg. The mouthfeel has quite floral bite with a nice dry finish.

Notes: A solid U.S made Saison and very drinkable. Cheers.

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Photo of illpass78
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a somewhat hazy golden with a big white head that dissipates after about a minute.

Aroma: Smells of lemon, citrus, pepper and some faint herbaceous notes. Smells appealing. The nose is very forward but in no way overpowering or funky.

Taste: This is a really tasty saison. It starts out with lemon and citrus and then finishes dry and slightly peppery. Those grassy, herbaceous notes are also in there on both ends.

Mouthfeel: The body is just right. Just about spot-on for a saison.

Overall: A pretty terrific domestic saison. It hits all the notes - great aroma, nice citrus and lemon flavor, appealing dry pepper finish. Would drink again.

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Photo of Mgm54
3.34/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served in a 14oz draft at the pony bar in hell's kitchen, nyc

A - Golden yellow straw, slight 2 cm head, doesn't last long

S - Slight hops, citrus, lemon,and spice. Not much going on here, maybe my nose is broken

T - big citrus and lemon up front, ends with more lemon and some mild hop bitterness. A lot of lemon going on here, makes me

M - light, sessionable, drinks like a lager

O - not my personal preference, but a refreshing drink. I'll god drink some stouts now

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Photo of BWED
3.11/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle into a pint

A- A hazy straw yellow with a half finger white head. Good lacing hangs around.

S- The spices and yeast jump out first, with some citrus/lemon notes.

T- Lemony and some spice. Malt isn't really a strong player in this. Also, the finish is very cleaner-like in taste.

M- High carbonation, light body (definitely a session) The bitter lemon cleaner aftertaste is not very good.

O- This is almost a mix between a shandy and a lemon cleaner. It looks good, but pretty much goes downhill from there.

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Photo of Givemebeer
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: hazy yellow golden lively carbonation and a surprisingly thin head

S: fruity esters some banana

T: pretty funky a little spicy and some fruity notes. A little bitterness on the back end

M: medium bodied and semi dry

O: good try here by victory. A session saison is a rare one to come across. Not quite as dry or spicy as I'd like but this is a real nice one.

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Photo of Maxwell
3.99/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a straw yellow color with some nice light golden tints and a soft white head that fizzles away to just a scrim, leaving some medium sheets of tight-bubbled lacing on the glass. As you sip the beer though, it tends to only leave thin and droopy tendrils of lacing on the glass. In the body, the beer is properly hazy, though some light does make its way through the beer. The beer also displays a nice torrent of bubbles working their way to the head. On the nose, the beer is nicely pungent from the moment it pours. It smells of funky straw and lemon grains with touches of banana and cloves with just a hint of uncharacterized spice in the nose. The yeast esters are very big and tangible on the nose, almost dripping off, which is lovely in a 4.5% beer. The overall mélange of smells does give a slightly skunked smell, but I think that is more from all of the spices and yeast esters mixing together into a strange potpourri, and less from light exposure. On the tongue, the beer tastes of grassy bitters, sweet spices, and funky yeast character that moves from bitter to sweet, to acidic, and leaves a nice bit of neutralizing saliva behind. In flavors, the beer begins with funky bitter grass, which opens into lovely banana esters with touches of cloves and some coriander as well. Lemon citrus runs on the lesser side of the flavors, and melds with some of the breadier characteristics of the yeast and the light clean malt flavors. The finish is big with coriander spice, slight orange peel, and some funky banana/clove esters, and the aftertaste continues this with the addition of slightly medicinal, grassy bitters that tingle on the tongue. Judging by the taste, I would not say this beer is 4.5% ABV. In the mouth, the beer feels medium to medium-light in body with a big fluffy carbonation that provides some tongue scrubbing to keep the sweeter yeast and spice characteristics from overpowering the bitters. The mouth is left slightly chalky and tingling with some saliva on the sides of the tongue. Overall, this is a great normal saison, and the fact that it is 4.5% and fully sessionable makes it all the better. Its flavor profile slightly reminded me of a less coriander-heavy Hennepin from Brewery Ommegang. It was phenomenally full of flavor, and comparable to my personal favorite session saison, Notch Sasion. My one complaint with this beer is that, in the belly, it seems to carry a little bit more weight than I normally like from a 4.5% beer, but it is not to such a degree that it ruins this beer. This beer is good, and great for a long drinking night. Try it.

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Photo of Phocion
4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Undated 12 oz. bottle poured into Duvel tulip. Hazy straw body with a solid finger of creamy white head. Good retention and thin rings of lacing.

Yeast-forward aroma with a healthy dose of hops as well. Spicy phenols combine with citrusy and grassy hops, an interesting combination of Noble and lemon zesty (Sorachi?) varietals. Aside from the yeast, the grassiness and malts are almost reminiscent of a German pilsner.

There are a lot of flavors going on for such a tame beer. Mildly funky and doughy yeast, soft bready and slightly wheaty pale malts, and a tart lemon zest and peppery finish. There's an earthy grassiness as well. The finish is a combination of tart and spicy.

Light-medium body with a crisp and fairly highly carbonated mouthfeel.

Overall this is a very refreshing, fairly complex, and extremely drinkable low ABV brew with just enough twists to make it stand out.

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Photo of Vixie
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw yellow color with a fairly decent sized white head. There are a fair amount of bubbles coming up, and the head lasts for a few minutes before reducing down.

Smells floral, yeasty, and a bit of a smell of hay.

Starts out with a mix of spice and citrus. There is a bit of pepper and finishes with a hop bite, leaving some bitter aftertaste.

Nothing to complain about with the feel, there is a bit of tingle from the carbonation.

Basically a middle of the road saison. Nothing really outstanding about it, but nothing really wrong either. I would like to see the hops dialed back a bit, I think they are dominating a bit too much and overwhelming the other flavors. It does go down easy, but pretty much an average beer for the style.

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Photo of lstokes
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This poured a hazy lemon yellow with a wispy head and lively carbonation. Lots of wheat and Belgian yeast in the nose. Very much a summer beer, with strong tastes of wheat, citrus, coriander, pepper, a bit of lavender? Mouthfeel is light, ending very crisp. This is a really nice beer--it really is an easy-drinking saison which you could have a few of without thinking too hard about it.

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Photo of JuliusCaesar
3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Hazy golden color with a good head

S: Lemon, coriander, orange and Belgian yeast

T: Right away your hit with a lot of spice. Lemon and orange come through as well.

M: Light, bordering on watery

Overall: I like this beer. It's definitely very spicy but not so much that I don't it. Not my favorite but good none the less

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Photo of MusicaleMike
4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Year 2 of the Victory spring seasonal Swing. A session saison at 4.5% abv. Enjoy by June 30, 2014. Gotta love a freshness date! Poured into a willi becher pint glass.

Crisp clarity shows off the moderate carbonation rising through the pale gold body. The head is thick at first. A white, soap-sudsy consistency that doesn't last. I tried to make sure that the glass was clean, but I used hard tap water to clean it, and now I am wondering if that impacted the head much. Usually Victory beers have very good head retention.

The aroma is citrus-forward, evoking bitter rinds of grapefruit, orange and lemon. There is a peppery note here as well, though it's subtle and behind the citrus. It smells right at home in the saison category, but it certainly differentiates itself from the pack. There might be a slight aroma from hops here too, but it blends in seamlessly with the other aromas.

Very nice flavor here. A fairly dry beer with very modest bitterness that allows the peppercorn flavor to come through in the finish. The citrus takes the stage front and center and contributes a clean, refreshing citrus flavor on the palate. The carbonation is strong enough to carry this beer and keep it light on the tongue.

If the goal was to create a sessionable saison, then I would say Victory certainly did their job. It is an interesting, flavorful, moderately bitter saison with lots of citrus, making it suitable for the spring, summer, and lots of cuisine. However, my only complaint with this beer is that it tires the palate, and not because it is overly heavy or too hoppy, but because it should be dialed down a few more notches. I liked Classique a lot (which I reviewed but a few days ago) because it was SO basic and well executed. I find this to be "reaching" so to speak...Nonetheless, great well crafted beer!

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Photo of guityler83
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: A bright white head 3 fingers tall formed in the glass and receeded quicly leaving behind spider web like lacing on the edge. The beer a light peach color, very clear until I poured the remaining dregs into the glass then a bit of sediment was introduced.

S: Spicey lemon and orange zest mixed with corriander and some citrusy hop aroma. Very low toasty aroma masked by the very purfumey spices.

T: On the first sip a burst of spices hits the pallet very very much like the aroma would lead you to expect. corriander, zest and peppery notes. After a few more sips and the pallet adjusts a moderate hop bitterness is detected, possibly being emphasised by the spices and the dry finish of this beer. Noble type hop flavor is low in the finish. Very low low bready flavors also come through.

M: Carbonation is high giving it a bit of a sharp carbonic bite. The spices leave a drying sensation on the tounge. Very low body making it more drinkable and consistant with the session title.

O: A spicey (boarderline overboard), dry, saison that doesn't live up to the session name. If this beer would have been lighter on the spices and slighly less carbonated I might be able to get behind it but overall I'm not a fan.

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Photo of MrIncognito
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a stemless red wine glass

A - Hazy burnt orange/straw body beneath a thick 2-finger white head that leaves great lacing and retains for 3-4 minutes

S - Straw funk from the yeast and kind of a Saaz-like hop aroma. Crisp in the nose with just a slight hint of orange peel

T&M - Fizzy carbonation leads to a dry mouthfeel. Smooth straw taste with a quick hit of the bitter hops. Belgian yeast flavor and hops give it a nice funky saison flavor. Orange rind. Lightly crisp in the bitterness but still refreshing.

O - A nice saison that isn't overly complex but goes down easy and tasty. Would definitely try again

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Photo of brutusmuktuk
2.78/5  rDev -24%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.25

Has a golden yellow color with a very healthy white foam. Smell is lemon, but the taste is a little weak. There’s a hint of lemon and some light spices in the finish. Otherwise the beer is a little bland. Has a nice carbonated feel, but overall is just okay.

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Swing Session Saison from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
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