Victory is Becoming My Favorite Brewery

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  1. clegolfski

    clegolfski Initiate (177) Jul 13, 2008 Ohio
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    They lock down their regulars and are now experimenting with barrels. All at awesome prices. That's how large craft brewers should throw down.
     
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  2. bifrost17

    bifrost17 Initiate (0) Dec 16, 2011 Washington

    Victory is pretty damn solid, especially prima pils......but I think Sierra Nevada might have them beat for "that's how large craft brewers should throw down"
     
  3. whendeathsleeps

    whendeathsleeps Initiate (0) Nov 5, 2011 Indiana

    I've liked everything I have had from them.
     
  4. RobertColianni

    RobertColianni Defender (609) Nov 4, 2008 Pennsylvania

    Got to go to the brewery if you haven't been there. Outstanding food and on-site-only beers. Get the Poké.
     
  5. SMason

    SMason Initiate (166) Feb 6, 2009 New Jersey
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    Victory is solid.
     
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  6. CurtFromHershey

    CurtFromHershey Devotee (476) Oct 4, 2012 Minnesota
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    ^^^^^ their chipotle wings are great too.

    Have them cater your wedding and they'll definitely be your favorite brewery. Awesome to work with. Great beers.
     
  7. bkov33

    bkov33 Initiate (176) Dec 5, 2007 New Jersey

    prima pils is my all time favorite pilsner, probably my favorite lager
     
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  8. RutgersBeerGuy

    RutgersBeerGuy Aspirant (241) Jan 16, 2007 New Jersey
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    Victory, along with some of their PA brethren, brew the best lagers in America. Prima Pils, their draft-only Braumeister Pils, St. Victorious, St. Boisterous, and so on.
     
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  9. jimmy666

    jimmy666 Initiate (0) Jun 20, 2010 Maryland

    Doesn't everyone have a Golden Monkey story?
     
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  10. buffs9

    buffs9 Aspirant (290) Apr 28, 2008 Colorado
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    Am I the only one that thinks Victory sucks? Maybe I just get old beers sent to me in trades?
     
  11. CA_Infidel2o9

    CA_Infidel2o9 Initiate (0) Dec 1, 2012

    I have yet to try victory, i've only seen them once in my area, but wasn't able to buy any at the time.
     
  12. Cenosillicaphobe

    Cenosillicaphobe Initiate (0) Jul 24, 2011 Maine

    BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    We all have our opinions though lol.
     
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  13. NickMunford

    NickMunford Savant (978) Oct 2, 2006 Wyoming
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    I agree, Victory is pretty good. I've had Baltic Thunder, Storm King, Summer Love (all of which I liked), and Braumeister Pils (which I wasn't too fond of). They definitely do stouts & porters right!
     
  14. cbeer88

    cbeer88 Crusader (719) Sep 5, 2007 Massachusetts

    It's possible. Victory 12 packs can linger. When fresh, Hop Devil is one of the best east coast IPA's out there. And their pilsners are as good as any in America. Some of their beers, like Monkey and Storm King, are very love/hate. Their portfolio runs very deep, but those are the more popular beers...
     
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  15. BigMike

    BigMike Meyvn (1,097) May 8, 2008 Pennsylvania

    Victory rules. I've yet to have a bad beer from them. Headwaters is one of my favorite pale ales. Prima is just world class.
     
  16. nickapalooza86

    nickapalooza86 Initiate (0) Feb 23, 2010 Wisconsin

    Wrong, and yes I mean your Opnion... That title belongs to New Glarus and Capital in WI, just playin of course Prima pils is mighty tasty.
     
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  17. kirbmeist

    kirbmeist Initiate (0) Mar 16, 2012 Florida
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    victoryis legit. hopdevil resh is off the charts delicious. cant believe i havent seen anyone talking about hop wallop. if your a hophead then you have to try wallop its a delicious hop kick to the mouth.
     
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  18. RutgersBeerGuy

    RutgersBeerGuy Aspirant (241) Jan 16, 2007 New Jersey
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    New Glarus is tasty, no doubt, but the PA breweries have great depth. 4 different PA breweries have won GABF Gold for German Pils and Victory isn't even one of them (they have a Silver though). Let's just agree that PA, WI, and to a certain extent TX, have a monopoly on quality German-style brewing in the US.
     
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  19. kirbmeist

    kirbmeist Initiate (0) Mar 16, 2012 Florida
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    victory is legit. hopdevil resh is off the charts delicious. cant believe i havent seen anyone talking about hop wallop. if your a hophead then you have to try wallop its a delicious hop kick to the mouth.
     
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  20. BeerImmediately

    BeerImmediately Meyvn (1,067) Feb 2, 2006 Pennsylvania

    Ha, yes! (I'll bite). Phillies opening day 2003. Afternoon game, 3 of us, 1 case. Finished in parking lot. "Saw" 7th inning on. Hit the city afterwards, good times, but forgot to call very prego wife. Riot act at 2am. Been making up for it in the 10 years since. Ah, Sweet Monkey.
     
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  21. lilredrocket

    lilredrocket Initiate (43) Nov 12, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    i love the brew pub but im not a big fan of the bottled stuff (including ba brews)
     
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  22. TheSixthRing

    TheSixthRing Poo-Bah (2,146) Sep 24, 2008 California

    If I wanted grilled Pikachu, I'd go straight to the scource at Nintendo.
     
  23. hoppytobehere

    hoppytobehere Crusader (705) Aug 10, 2012 District of Columbia
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    Had their Hop Devil. One of the worst IPAs I've had all year.
     
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  24. hoppytobehere

    hoppytobehere Crusader (705) Aug 10, 2012 District of Columbia
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    Heard you the first time. It's got a hop kick, sure. But it's unbalanced and not a very pleasant beer.

    IMHO of course.
     
  25. CMUbrew

    CMUbrew Initiate (0) Jan 27, 2012 Michigan

    I'm not ready to say they suck, but I did not like Hop Devil, and Storm King was very underwhelming. Many others still to try though.
     
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  26. hardy008

    hardy008 Poo-Bah (1,951) Jan 12, 2008 Minnesota
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    I don't like most of their beers either, but I do like HopDevil, and a few other of their beers are okay too.
     
  27. Steeeve

    Steeeve Initiate (0) Nov 16, 2010 Pennsylvania

    Victory is awesome. I'm actually drinking a Red Thunder right now. Not a big Hop Devil or Storm King fan, but I love Golden Monkey, Headwaters, Hop Wallop, and Yakima Glory. If you like Black IPAs, go get some Yakima. It's one of the best.
     
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  28. jhartley

    jhartley Poo-Bah (2,267) Aug 22, 2010 Florida
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    I haven't had Hop Devil fresh, but Hop Wallop is damn tasty, balanced or not it's all about da hops with that one, imho.
    I had Yakima Glory last year and thought it was a great tasting beer.
    Also, I just picked up a bottle of Baltic Thunder today and next week will be the Red Thunder.
     
  29. jhartley

    jhartley Poo-Bah (2,267) Aug 22, 2010 Florida
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    What do you think about the Red Thunder?
    Headwaters is a decent PA too.
     
  30. iko7jjm

    iko7jjm Initiate (0) Mar 12, 2006 Pennsylvania

    Doesn't everyone have a Golden Monkey story?


    Too funny jimmy666...............shit f's with ur DNA without question.
     
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  31. freewheelinbob

    freewheelinbob Initiate (0) Nov 6, 2010 Minnesota

    I think I agree. Almost across the board I find better beers for every style pretty consistently. I still buy their stuff whenever I have a tasting, but I don't think I've ever been very impressed.
     
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  32. freewheelinbob

    freewheelinbob Initiate (0) Nov 6, 2010 Minnesota

    Big fan of the Golden Monkey, though.
     
  33. Outbespoken

    Outbespoken Initiate (0) Apr 6, 2012 Indiana

    When DFH pulled their distribution from Indiana, Hop Wallop was my savior in the absence of 90 minute.
     
  34. Steeeve

    Steeeve Initiate (0) Nov 16, 2010 Pennsylvania

    It's very good, maybe not great. I loved it at first but it's really taking on the dry red wine characteristics as it warms, and I'm not the biggest fan of red wine.
     
  35. Chinon01

    Chinon01 Initiate (0) Jan 23, 2007 Pennsylvania

    Victory's Midland Stout is an outstanding new English style stout. Quite good. Helios is amazing and possibly my favorite US saison. Uncle Teddy's Bitter is again quite good and the best US bitter I've had. The brewpub is 55 minutes from my house.
     
  36. Steeeve

    Steeeve Initiate (0) Nov 16, 2010 Pennsylvania

    My only Golden Monkey story is that I'm the only one of my friends who hasn't barfed it up. I love to grab a growler of it and know that no one else will want any :D
     
  37. sjverla

    sjverla Devotee (490) Dec 1, 2008 Massachusetts

    I'm definitely a fan. There's definitely a Golden Monkey story in my timeline...but...well...let's just say it ended very well...Really looking forward to trying Oak Horizontal and White Monkey.

    My only complaint is that around Boston they're usually around $14/6, which is a little steep.

    Storm King with a year on it is superb.
     
  38. Resuin

    Resuin Meyvn (1,251) Jun 18, 2012 Massachusetts
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    Golden Monkey is the beer that introduced me to Beer. Rather than one of the beers "I had heard of" I decided to order that one at a bar one time, and I was hooked. It came in a "funny glass" (a goblet) and actually had "flavor". After a couple Golden Monkey six packs, this brought me to investigate the whole "Tripel" family, and then I branched out from there. I definitely have a lot of respect for the work they do over at Victory.
     
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  39. jlenik

    jlenik Disciple (374) Jan 22, 2009 New Jersey

    Red Thunder was was solid and fairly priced.
     
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  40. HeyJim

    HeyJim Initiate (0) Sep 22, 2012 Pennsylvania

    I have to question anyone saying they didn't like HopDevil, and have to assume they had it old? I think of it as a shade better than Two Hearted.
     
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