Victory Brewing Company (Downingtown, Pennsylvania) announced this week that they will be reviving three, fan favorite offerings – Hop Wallop Very Hoppy Ale, Yakima Glory Dark India Pale Ale, and Ten Years Alt – that the brewery had previously retired. Each beer will see a limited, one month release time on draft over the next three months.
The first offering to get the resurrection treatment will be Hop Wallop Very Hoppy Ale during the month of November. This offering was first introduced in 2003 as the original Harvest Ale of Victory Brewing, and this 8.5% ABV Imperial IPA boasts “whole flower English and American hops and subtly silky malt base.” Despite plenty of love and high-ratings by craft beer fans throughout its existence, Hop Wallop was officially retired in 2013. Hop lovers will surely rejoice to find this offering back on draft this month.
The month of December will see the second Victory brew to rise from the ashes, Yakima Glory Dark India Pale Ale. Introduced in 2008 and retired in 2013, this 8.7% ABV, dark-bodied IPA paid homage to four hop varieties cultivated in the Yakima Valley of Washington State. Yakima Glory possesses “deep malt aromas of crisp pretzels emerg[ing] from the pleasantly enormous hop character.” That makes two doses of hop revivals for lupulin fiends to enjoy at the start of this comeback tour of Victory offerings.
January will see the final beer temporarily restored to our hearts and palates, and that will be Ten Years Alt. This beer marks the 10 year anniversary of a pretty impressive accomplishment: the brewing of the first Dopplesticke in the country. First brewed in the winter of 2006, Ten Years Alt has “rich malt, toasted bread, toffee and caramel notes.” This 8.5% ABV ale is the perfect offering to display both the quality and craftsmanship for which Victory Brewing is known and respected.
“Introducing new brands is very exciting to us and we love the artistic process which is one of the greatest joys of my job,” said Victory’s President and Brewmaster, Bill Covaleski. “On the flip side, the least favorite part of my job is choosing which established brand will have to pass the baton to make room for the new, young gun. I hope our fans will be as delighted as I am to see some of their cherished brands make a comeback and take a walk down memory lane through drinking some really great craft beer.”
This is an excellent opportunity for craft beer lovers to revisit some amazing beers that Victory Brewing Company has rocked in the past, so be sure to look for these three fine beers on draft during their respective months of release. Prost!